Andrew Symonds controversy Australia: Former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds has died in a car accident. He was 46 years old. According to a report on the ICC website, Symonds had an accident near his home state of Queensland. The police have also confirmed his death. Symonds, the best all-rounder in world cricket, has been in the news due to his performance as well as controversies. There was a lot of debate between him and Harbhajan Singh over the Monkeygate controversy. At the same time, Symonds was in the news because of his alcoholism.
Team India toured Australia in 2007-08. A Test match was played in Sydney on this tour. There was an argument between Symonds and Harbhajan on the last day of the match. Symonds alleged that Bhajji had made racist remarks against him. He is called a monkey. Due to this the dispute came to be called Monkeygate. The matter went a long way. Ricky Ponting, the then captain of Australia, complained to the umpires Steve Bucknor and Mark Benson. The matter has even reached the Sydney Court. However, no decision was taken on the controversy as there was no evidence that Bhajji had made any remarks.
Symonds played the last match of his international career on 7 May 2009 against Pakistan. T20 match was played in Dubai. Symonds remained in the limelight for his alcoholism. According to media reports, he was dropped from T20 due to alcohol. Symonds was charged with violating liquor rules.