Melbourne, June 6 (ANI): Former Australian coach John Buchanan has vowed to mentor and support out of favour all-rounder Andrew Symonds through his life and cricket crisis.
Buchanan pledged he would be there for Symonds in some of his darkest hours and urged friends of the all rounder not to desert him.
“I’m a very big supporter of Andrew and I always will be, I want to sit down with him and help him if I can, I am sure he will see me as a true friend,” the Courier Mail quoted Buchanan, as saying.
“For Andrew’s sake, the less that is made of this story the better. He has got to get back to Australia and adapt to the new situation he finds himself in. I don’t think it does anybody any good to get on his back too much now. I’m sure he will be the first to admit he has made some mistakes,” Buchanan added.
The Australian Cricketers’ Association pledged last night to provide Symonds with professional help – if needed – but there is no guarantee the all rounder will seek counselling on his return to Brisbane this morning.
Cricket Australia’s management of Symonds has been questioned with former Test leg-spinner Kerry O’Keeffe saying last night it was always a “giant risk” to keep picking him.
“He was always a giant risk but Cricket Australia backed him not to let them down,” O’Keeffe said.
“In the end Cricket Australia has been betrayed. His attitude turned bad and they hoped he would re-focus, but he never did. People say he hadn’t contributed much in the last few years but at his best he was a real force in international cricket,” O’Keefe added. (ANI)