When Michael Clarke fired Andrew Symonds from a series for skipping a team meeting

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Andrew Symonds, the late Australian cricketer, had his stamp on the world winning team of the late 90s and early 2000s. He excelled in all formats, especially ODIs, under captains like Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke. However, he was also known to not follow protocol.

The Monkeygate scandal was not the only one in which Symonds was involved. He was known for his attitude on his sleeves. He was a common thread on the pitch and a beam of energy outside. To put it mildly, sometimes his individual choices made him stand out.

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It was during a team meeting ahead of an ODI series against Bangladesh in 2008 that Symonds decided to jump in and pursue his favorite hobby: fishing. It didn’t go down well with then-captain Clarke, who after consultation with the cricket board sent Symonds home to get “clean”.

This created an uproar in the sports media and spotlighted Symonds, who was also famous for his on-field antics.

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Years later, Symonds opened up about her strained relationship with Clarke. Symonds thought the huge IPL money he received might have been the reason for their relationship change. Previously, they were said to be good friends. He was paid Rs 5.40 crore by the Deccan Chargers for the 2008 season.

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Symonds talked about it on Brett Lee’s podcast. He said “money does fun things,” but he won’t divulge details of the conversation between the two.

Symonds’ international career ended in 2009.

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