Symonds may Face Disciplinary Action over IPL Remarks


Melbourne, Feb 12: All-rounder Andrew Symonds faces disciplinary action from Cricket Australia for his "outspoken and inaccurate comments" in an unpublished newspaper column in which he panned the Board for not allowing the players join the Indian Premier League (IPL).

CA's spokesperson Peter Young said the Board stood by the decision to withhold the column because there were several inaccuracies in the story that also amounted to breach of contract.

"In the contract there are requirements relating to public comment and the obligation not to disparage various parties and also it's a contractual issue," Young said.

Accordingly, Symonds has been asked to get in touch with CA Chief Executive James Sutherland.

Young said 'The Sunday Telegraph' had emailed him the column with only a 30-minute deadline to get it approved by CA lawyers before going to print.

"Had the column been received in the morning, all parties could have worked through the issue... The problem we had with his comment on yesterday (Sunday) is it's clearly based on a complete lack of understanding of the detail of what's going on.

"What we suggested yesterday was 'let's have a discussion' and our chief executive James Sutherland rang and left a message asking Andrew to give him a call," he said.

Young said Sutherland would give Symonds a full picture of the issue and try to convince him that CA wanted its contracted players to participate in the IPL.

"As James will explain to him, there are complicated issues including issues that relate to protecting Symonds' own position under existing contracts that we need to resolve and hope that we can resolve," Young said.


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