Former Australia all-rounder and two-time World Cup winner Andrew Symonds has died following a car accident in Queensland, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Sunday.
Symonds was aged 46. He had played 238 matches, including 26 tests, for Australia between 1998-2009. He was also a member of Australia's World Cup-winning teams in 2003 and 2007 and appeared in 198 one-day internationals in addition to 14 T20 Internationals.
Police said the accident occurred in Hervey Range, 50km from Townsville on Saturday night. The car Symonds was driving left the road and rolled, according to a police statement, which described it as a single vehicle incident.
Queensland Police said an investigation into the crash has been opened. “Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, however, he died of his injuries,” the police statement said. CA chairman Lachlan Henderson said Australian cricket had lost “another of its very best”.
“Andrew was a generational talent who was instrumental in Australia's success at World Cups and as part of Queensland's rich cricket history,” he said in a statement.
“He was a cult figure to many who was treasured by his fans and friends," he said. "On behalf of Australian cricket our deepest sympathies are with Andrew's family, team mates, and friends.” 'Utterly devastated' "Horrendous news to wake up to," tweeted former Australian teammate Jason Gillespie. "Utterly devastated. We're all gonna miss you mate." Adam Gilchrist, another former teammate and fellow commentator, wrote: "This really hurts," while Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said he was "devastated". "We shared a great relationship on and off the field. Thoughts and prayers with the family," he tweeted. Symonds' fatal crash comes just months after the deaths of fellow Australian greats Shane Warne and Rod Marsh, who both died from heart attacks. The larger-than-life Symonds was hugely popular, not only for his hard-hitting approach to the game but also for his easy-going personality.
He was widely considered one of the most skilled all-rounders Australian cricket has seen and was a key member of the team that won back-to-back 50-over World Cups in 2003 and 2007.
But he was also remembered for the infamous "monkeygate" scandal in 2008 that sent him into a downward spiral.
Symonds accused India spinner Harbhajan Singh of calling him a "monkey" in the 2008 New Year Test in Sydney. Singh, who denied any wrongdoing, was suspended for three matches, but the ban was overturned when India threatened to quit the tour in what was a low point in India-Australia cricket relations. The Australian player later revealed it took a heavy toll and he began drinking heavily. His Cricket Australia contract was withdrawn in June 2009 after he was sent home from the World Twenty20 in England following the latest in a series of alcohol-related indiscretions.
Despite the animosity, Symonds and Harbhajan eventually made up and played together in the Indian Premier League.
BRIDGETOWN: The West Indies on Monday announced a 15-member squad for the upcoming ODI series against Netherlands and Pakistan with Jason Holder, Shimron Hetmyer, and Evin Lewis missing out on selection in what will be the start of Nicholas Pooran’s reign as their new white-ball captain.
West Indies will tour Netherlands and Pakistan to play three-match ODI series against the two sides respectively. Their series against Netherlands will be the first ever between the two sides. The two series will be a part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.
The assignments will also be a big chance for Pooran to stamp his authority after the retirement of his predecessor Kieron Pollard.
But he will be without the experienced Holder, currently playing for Lucknow Super Giants in the Indian Premier League, who has been rested to manage his workload while Hetmyer also won’t be part of the tours as he’ll be at home for the birth of his first child. Lewis, who is also with the Lucknow team, hasn’t been considered for the national side as he failed to meet the fitness criteria.
Three new faces get a chance in the squad – fast bowlers Jayden Seales and Shermon Lewis, as well as batter Keacy Carty. Carty becomes the first player from St. Maarten to be selected for the West Indies Men’s side.
“We were impressed with Carty and the way he goes about his innings, we saw several glimpses of his ability the way he played against England earlier this year for the CWI President’s XI. We hope that giving him this opportunity he will recognise the importance of representing West Indies,” Cricket West Indies chief selector Desmond Haynes said in a statement. Haynes was also full of praise for Seales and Lewis, stating that the Windies were building a side with the future in mind. “We also have a very good group of young fast bowlers who have demonstrated their ability and we want to use these two tours to give them opportunities in the 50-over format. We have a week in The Netherlands and another week in Pakistan and this should provide them with quality opposition to bowl against as we build towards the Cricket World Cup in 2023.
“[Anderson] Phillip has been around for some time, and we know what he can offer, Seales has been very good in Test cricket and Lewis is making a return to the West Indies set-up following some good performances.”
The three one-day international (ODI) matches that were part of the Green Shirts' planned tour of Sri Lanka have been scrapped, it emerged on Monday. Pakistan was originally slated to play two Tests and three ODIs when the men's team are to visit Sri Lanka in July. However, a spokesperson for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed to Dawn.com that the ODIs had been scrapped at the request of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) He said that SLC had requested the board to drop the three ODIs so that they could begin the Lanka Premier League (LPL) earlier.
"The ODIs are not part of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League and SLC is facing financial challenges, so the PCB accepted the request," the PCB official said.
He went on to say that the itinerary for the two Test matches was being worked out but said they would be played in the agreed upon window (July 5 to August 9).
The news comes as Sri Lanka is suffering from a worsening economic crisis. Months of blackouts and acute shortages of food, fuel and medicines have caused widespread suffering across the South Asian island, which is enduring its worst-ever economic downturn.
KUWAIT: The final encounter of His Highness the Amir Cup between Kathma SC and Salmiya SC will be held on the 16th of May, Kuwait Football Association (KFA) Chairman Sheikh Ahmad Al- Yousef Al-Sabah said on Sunday.
In a statement, Sheikh Ahmad said the teams will meet at Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium, wishing them all success. Kathma SC reached the final after beating Fahaheel SC 3-0, while Salmiya beat Al-Nasr by 2-0. Kuwait’s Amir Cup is a Kuwaiti football competition created in 1962. (KUNA)
LONDON: Manchester City moved a step closer to retaining the Premier League title with a 5-0 demolition of Newcastle United, while Arsenal beat relegation-threatened Leeds United 2-1 to boost their bid for a top four finish on Sunday. Pep Guardiola’s side took control before half-time at the Etihad Stadium thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling and Aymeric Laporte. Rodri got City’s third after the break before Phil Foden and Sterling struck in stoppage time as they stormed back to the top of the table.
City’s stroll against Newcastle was the ideal way to recover from their painful Champions League semi-final exit against Real Madrid on Wednesday.
In the 19th minute, Joao Cancelo nodded an Ilkay Gundogan cross towards Sterling and he dived to head in from close-range.
City doubled their lead after 38 minutes when Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka was unable to hold onto Gundogan’s volley and Laporte scrambled home.
Rodri scored with a 61st minute header from Kevin De Bruyne’s corner, then Foden diverted Oleksandr Zinchenko’s shot into the net in the 90th minute.
Sterling rounded off the rout in stoppage-time with a cool finish from Jack Grealish’s pass. Eddie Nketiah netted twice in the first 10 minutes at the Emirates Stadium as Mikel Arteta’s side earned their fourth successive win.
Leeds had skipper Luke Ayling sent off and, although Diego Llorente got one back in the 66th minute, it was too little, too late for Jesse Marsch’s strugglers.
Fourth placed Arsenal are four points clear of fifth placed Tottenham, with three games left for both teams in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League via a top four finish.
In the fifth minute, Nketiah punished a poor touch from Illan Meslier, closing down the Leeds keeper and tapping into the empty net.
Nketiah struck again five minutes later, this time meeting Gabriel Martinelli’s cross with a fine finish from 12 yards. Ayling was sent off after a VAR review of his crude lunge on Martinelli in the 27th minute. Leeds slump into the relegation zone, sitting third bottom due to having a worse goal difference than Burnley.
Everton made the most of Leeds’ stumble to climb out of the bottom three as they won 2-1 at Leicester — their first away success in the league since August.
Ukrainian left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko ran onto Alex Iwobi’s flick and netted with a stunning volley from the edge of the area in the sixth minute.
Everton surrendered the lead five minutes later as Yerry Mina and Seamus Coleman went up for a header, only to collide and allow Patson Daka to run through and beat Jordan Pickford.
However, Mason Holgate won it for Everton in the 30th minute, the defender converting the rebound after Kasper Schmeichel saved Richarlison’s header.
West Ham crushed relegated Norwich 4-0 at Carrow Road to ease the pain of their Europa League semi-final defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday. LIVERPOOL STUMBLE What had been a joyous week for Liverpool went flat on Saturday as they stumbled in the title race, dropping two crucial points in a 1-1 draw at home to Tottenham Hotspur, while Manchester United’s season can hardly end soon enough after a 4-0 hammering by Brighton and Hove Albion.
Liverpool reached the Champions League final on Tuesday with victory over Villarreal but the mood was gloomy as they were unable to ratchet up the pressure on Manchester City at Anfield.
They had won their last 12 Premier League home games and were unbeaten at Anfield in the league for 14 months but trailed to Son Heung-min’s 56th-minute goal. Son’s 20th league goal of the season looked like earning Tottenham the win they needed to move fourth but Luis Diaz equalised with a deflected shot in the 74th minute.
Meanwhile, Manchester United’s soon-to-be ex interim manager Ralf Rangnick apologised after a display he described as “humiliating” on the south coast.
Moises Caicedo, Marc Cucurella, Pascal Gross and Leandro Trossard were all on target for Brighton as United suffered a fifth successive away defeat in the league to end any remaining hope of a top-four finish.
Mountaineer Sirbaz Khan became the first Pakistani on Saturday to climb 10 of the world's 14 highest peaks — each at a height of more than 8,000 metres — after he scaled the 8,586-metre-high Kanchenjunga mountain in Nepal, according to the Alpine club of Pakistan. Sirbaz was part of a team led by Nepalese mountaineer Mingma Gyalje Sherpa (Mingma G) of Imagine Nepal. According to the secretary of the Alpine Club, Karar Haidar, the climbers summitted the world's third-highest peak at 7am on Saturday, with Sirbaz raising Pakistan's flag upon completing his ascent. In his recent communication from Kanchenjunga earlier today, he thanked the nation for supporting him and requested them to pray for his safe return. Meanwhile, Saad Munawar, the organiser of the expedition, called it a moment of pride for the country. "From the time when Pakistani mountaineers were denied the chance to summit their own mountains [mountains within Pakistan] to the time when Pakistani mountaineers are leading on foreign soil, we have come a long way," he told Dawn. "But our journey is far from over yet. In fact, we have only just started. We will keep working to develop and promote the sport of mountaineering in Pakistan and in the years to come, we'll have Pakistani mountaineers summiting peaks all across the globe," Munawar vowed. Among 8000ers, Kanchenjunga, which forms part of the Himalayas range, is said to be the most difficult mountain to climb to the top from the final camp and takes the longest time as well due it its steep gorges and bitterly cold climate. As Sirbaz achieved the feat, congratulations poured in for him. Sajid Ali Sadpara, the son of late legendary mountaineer Mohammad Ali Sadpara and a climber himself, tweeted: "Congratulations kako Sirbaz khan for conquering the world's 3rd highest mountain Kanchenjunga."
KUWAIT: Kuwait won three gold medals in the first day of the International Figure Skating Championship (Emirates Skate), which is held in Dubai, UAE, and lasts for three days. The skaters Jori Al-Mullah, Mudhawi Al-Hamdan and Jana Al-Shamlan won the medals for the Kuwaiti team.
In a statement to KUNA, Vice President of the Kuwaiti Winter Games Club Khaled Al-Mutairi said that this achievement came because of the distinguished preparation provided by the club to the Kuwaiti skaters for this tournament. Kuwait winter games club includes five sports, figure skating, ice hockey, curling, ice-skating and speed skating.(KUNA)