Exile from international cricket could make Andrew Symonds richer by almost one million dollars as the troubled Australian all-rounder, if ignored for the April ODI series against Pakistan, will get to play in the entire Indian Premier League.
The 33-year-old is undergoing rehabilitation and counseling after being declared unavailable for selection by Cricket Australia, which cited his lack of commitment as the reason to ignore him for the time being.
He will miss the Test tour of South Africa which follows the ongoing ODI series against New Zealand. If he sits out of the Pakistan series as well, he would be free to play for his IPL team Hyderabad Deccan Chargers for the entire duration of the Twenty20 event.
“Any decision by CA to block Symonds from playing in the Pakistan series will enable the Queenslander to be available for the entire duration of the cash-crazy Indian Premier League.
“Symonds’ IPL deal with Deccan is valued at $1.47 million and he will pocket every cent if he plays out the six-week tournament,” the ‘Sunday Herald Sun’ reported.
“If he is not picked in the Australian team, I would like to see him here for the whole tournament. That would be great,” said IPL commissioner Lalit Modi.
“He would be a wonderful asset. If there was a ban on him by the ICC, that is one thing, but he has not made any derogatory comments or done anything wrong as far as the IPL is concerned,” he added.
CA spokesman Peter Young said the Board would not come in the way of Symonds’ IPL participation if he is ignored for the Pakistan series.
“We’re not going to stop people going to the IPL if they have IPL contracts. We have our first claim over their time (required for Australia), part of the governance that the IPL accepts,” Young said.
“But if they are not playing for us and choose to go to the IPL, that is their business, so long as they report back fresh for Australia.
“Depending on the details we finalise with Pakistan, Andrew could be playing cricket for Australia for the first part of the IPL,” he added.