CA will appoint psychologist to help Symonds

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Sydney, Sep 2 (UNI) Almost certain to miss Australia's tour to India, after being sent back home from Darwin, CA will give all-rounder Andrew Symonds as much time as he needs to re-establish his career and the cricket body is also planning to appoint a psychologist to work with the prolific batsman to recuperate from mental and physical stress.

''CA and the Australian Cricketers' Association take the issue of player's welfare seriously and professional support is being put in place,'' cricket Australia's General Manager Peter Young told a private website.

However, Young did not identify or reveal the name of the professional who would be working with Symonds.

''Confidentiality is an important part of the management of personal issues and I am not able to detail the processes in place with Andrew Symonds. It is not appropriate to discuss the detail at the moment,'' he added.

The 33-year-old hard-hitting batsman was thrown off the national squad for missing an important team meeting to go fishing.

Senior players and team management voted to send Symonds home before Australia's opening One-day international against Bangladesh in Darwin on August 29 because of concerns about his commitment to the team.


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