Symonds won't give up alcohol despite controversies

Updated: 26 November 2008 16:30 IST

Andrew Symonds does not seem to learn from his mistakes and the controversial all-rounder has refused giving up drinking suggested by rehabilitation team.

Symonds won't give up alcohol despite controversies

Melbourne:

Andrew Symonds does not seem to learn from his mistakes and the controversial all-rounder has refused giving up drinking suggested by his rehabilitation team to avoid the troubles that has plagued him.

Symonds' rehabilitation team has been trying to convince him that giving up drinking would be the best way to to save his career after the latest fan drama.

He had expressed his regret for his latest indiscretion - an altercation with a drunken patron at a Brisbane hotel. He had said he was committed to working through his counselling for a "stress-related illness" to help him become a better person but did not think stopping drinking a way out. Asked if he would stop going to pubs, he said, "No. I just need to make clever decisions."

Symonds said he was something of a target in public. "That's why I've got to be smart when and where I go out," he was quoted as saying by 'Daily Telegraph'.

A Cricket Australia investigation has cleared Symonds of what CEO James Sutherland said was a "largely harmless" incident, but CA officials and some players were angry he had gone to the hotel just days after admitting to an alcohol problem.

While CA will not impose any "schoolboy" curfew on Symonds or make threats involving his lucrative contract, officials are keen for the Queenslander to adopt stringent measures to avoid any more trouble.

Symonds has met his manager Matt Fearon to discuss the way forward, while sports psychologist Phil Jauncey is also expected to speak to him about the necessity to make changes to his lifestyle.

Topics : Cricket Andrew Symonds
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