Symonds Loses National Contract, Tait Back In The Fold
All-rounder Andrew Symonds has lost his Cricket Australia (CA) central contract with fast bowler Shaun Tait replacing him on the list of 25 players contracted by the national board, CA has confirmed.
Symonds, whose career has been plagued by a number of off-the-field incidents, was most recently sent home from the ICC World Twenty20 for breaching team rules. He had only recently returned to the national side following a fine and being made ineligible for national selection after he made detrimental public comments about New Zealand wicket-keeper Brendon McCullum.
“With Cricket Australia now withdrawing its previous contract offer to Andrew Symonds, Shaun Tait has moved into a position where he has been offered a CA contract offer for 2009-10 under the rankings system CA uses to offer contracts to players," CA National Selection Panel Chief Andrew Hilditch said in a statement.
“Shaun at his best is an important part of our One Day international and Twenty20 make-up and I’m sure he will now seize the opportunity presented to him with this offer of a further Australian contract.”
Tait was originally left out of the list of 25 names, announced earlier this year and he is set to join up with the Australia A squad which takes on Pakistan A later this month in Australia.
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