Symonds has offers
Troubled all-rounder Andrew Symonds is considering overseas offers after returning to Australia from the ICC World Twenty20.
Last Updated: 08/06/09 1:59pm
Troubled Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds has received offers to play overseas as he considers whether to continue playing in Australia.
Symonds' international career is now in serious doubt after yet another off-field indiscretion saw him sent home from the ICC World Twenty20 in England.
Cricket Australia banished Symonds after he broke the rules over alcohol, and he could have well blown his final chance to return to the fold permanently.
Queensland still want him to continue playing in domestic competitions, but Symonds' manager says he has received offers from England and South Africa.
The 33-year-old also has one year left to run on his lucrative Indian Premier League contract, and could now see his future outside of Australia.
Symonds' manager, Matt Fearon, confirmed that the unpredictable all-rounder, who turns 34 on Tuesday, was keen to play on despite Cricket Australia indicating it will withdraw his 2009-10 contract.
"It's fair to say he's constantly sought after from many regions, both prior to this happening and currently," Fearon said on Monday.
"They're areas we haven't explored before because he's always been focused on playing international cricket.
"They're options for him if he chooses to do that."
Fearon said Symonds will discuss his future with his family and friends before deciding on where to play his cricket in the next few years.
"At this stage his focus is to surround himself with people he enjoys and support him and have the right influence on him," Fearon said.
"As far as where the Australian team is headed and the culture within, that's changed significantly and he's no longer a good fit there.
"Queensland Cricket have been a big part of his career and are supporting him now and would be an avenue for him as well."