Melbourne, Nov.25 : Some officials of Cricket Australia and Australian rugby league and cricket players believe that beleaguered cricket star Andrew Symonds is too loud and arrogant, and therefore, prefer to keep their distance from him.
According to The Courier Mail, it happened to Symonds at Brisbane's Normanby Hotel on Sunday when several Kangaroo players decided Symonds was an incident waiting to happen and moved on to other company.
Being brushed by league players because they deem you "too loud and arrogant" just doesn't get any worse than that ... the final indignity for an arrogant, reckless man who refuses to learn from his lessons.
Of course, the Normanby Hotel management went into predictable damage control mode last night, falling over themselves to defend Symonds.
Cricket Australia have had just about enough of Symonds. The selectors love him. Other CA officials feel he is arrogant, ignorant and incapable of learning.
His latest incident may not be the crime of the century but it is just another example of how his manners can be cringingly bad at times. Teammates wince at how rudely he dismisses people. It has been happening for years.
What this incident does expose is the ineffectiveness of the rehabilitation program he went on after being sent home from the series against Bangladesh in Darwin.
It's a shame that, instead of asking these so-called mental giants in charge of assessing Symonds's condition whether he was ready, they didn't simply quiz some of his Queensland Bulls teammates about his state of mind.
A common line from them over the past two months in private has been "Roy's head is just not there ... he is nowhere near ready to come back".
One Bulls player said last night: "I suppose it's not a major shock. Roy really struggles with the whole fame thing. He's great with his mates but very short and dismissive with others."
Clearly he is uncomfortable with his level of fame and would be just as happy in his own company.
Story first published: Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 12:53 [IST]
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