No 'pay cut' for Symonds despite suspension

Published: Sunday, September 7, 2008, 13:11 [IST]
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Andrew SymondsMelboune: Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds may be out of the team for next month's Indian tour following the " fishing trip controversy" but he will still earn as much as any other Cricket Australia contracted player by just cooling off his heels at home.

Cricket Australia will pay full contract amount to Symonds regardlessof whether he tours India or not, Sunday Telegraph reported.

This means Symonds, who is currently seeking solace in the Gold Coast hinterland after being sent home for missing a team meeting while going fishing in Darwin during Australia's ODI series against Bangladesh, will earn a cool USD 2,00,000 for the next three months by not facing a single ball.

CA spokesman Peter Young confirmed Symonds would receive his full wage during his time out of the game, proof that the board is not going to abandon the maverick cricketer.

"He's a contracted player and because he's going through a rehabilitation programme at the moment, he will get full retainer payment. We're treating this the same as if a player was injured," Young said.

Australian players are paid $17,850 for a Test abroad. With four Tests to be played next month in India, Symonds will receive $71,400.

Factoring in CA's monthly payments, Symonds stands to earn about $196,400 in total without facing a single ball in India.


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