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Retired Symonds says impending birth of first child bigger 'priority' than IPL stint

February 17, 2012 - Melbourne

Former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds has said that the impending birth of his first child had become his priority over his participation in the Indian Premier League.

"Cricket has given me enormous opportunities in my life and I will always be grateful for this. Recently I have had several new and exciting opportunities come my way, and I have decided it's time to commit to and develop the next stage of my life," quoted Symonds, as saying.

"It is with regret that I will not be able to fulfill 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. I appreciate their understanding in my making this decision and I wish the team every success this year," he added.

Symonds, 36, earlier had his Cricket Australia contract annulled because of ongoing problems with alcohol.

He played 26 Tests, scoring 1462 runs at an average of 41 with two hundreds and 198 one-day matches, making 5088 runs at an average of 40 with six centuries.


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