Melbourne, Feb 16: Former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds, one of the game's highly talented but maverick players, today announced his retirement from all forms of professional cricket, bringing an end to a career marked by controversies and disciplinary breaches.
The 36-year-old Symonds, a temperamental and colourful personality whose racial row with Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh made headlines in 2008, cited family reasons for his decision to quit cricket.
He would not be playing for his IPL side Mumbai Indians this season as he was quitting competitive cricket in the wake of the impending birth of his first child.
He has not played for Australia since being sent home from the Twenty20 World Cup in England three years ago but has turned out for several domestic sides and clubs in limited-overs cricket and Twenty20 leagues.
“Effective immediately, I am retiring from all forms of professional cricket,” Symonds said.
“It is with regret that I will not be able to fulfil my final year of the IPL with the Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians and the IPL have both been very supportive of me, but the impending arrival of my first child is a priority,” he said.
Symonds made his first class debut in 1994-95 before playing his first ODI in November 1998 against Pakistan in Lahore. He scored 5,088 runs from 198 ODIs at an average of 39.75 before retiring in 2009.
The burly all-rounder made his Test debut in March 2004 against Sri Lanka and scored 1,462 runs from 26 matches at an average of 40.61 before playing his last match against South Africa in December 2008. He has 24 and 133 wickets in Test and ODI cricket respectively.