Late Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds will have an international cricket stadium named after him in his hometown Townsville as the city council has decided to rename the Riverway Stadium after him.
Symonds, who was a prolific cricketer for Australia from 1998-2009, passed away earlier this year in a one-person car crash just outside his hometown at the age of 46, further saddening the Australian cricket lovers who were reeling from the death of Rod Marsh and unexpected passing of spin legend Shane Warne.
NewsCorp has revealed that in a meeting last month, Townsville City Council decided to consider the move to rename The Riverway Stadium in Symonds’ honor when raised by Cr Maurie Soars. Cr Soars urged the council to consider commemorating Symonds’ contribution to cricket in the city, nationally, and internationally.
‘The work he did around here with the juniors and the local cricket scene was beyond compare and he did it without a voice. He did not want to take away or distract from the efforts that were being provided,” Cr said.
He further added that the proposal of renaming the Riverway stadium in Townsville after Andrew Symonds has gotten a great deal of interest from Townsville cricket, Queensland cricket, and the wider community.
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Symonds, one of the few indigenous cricketers from Australia to play international cricket made his debut in 1998 and went on to play 26 Tests, making 1462 runs with 2 centuries, play 198 ODIs, making 5088 runs with 6 centuries, and also appeared in 14 T20Is, making 337 runs with two half-centuries to his name.
He also played for Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League and for Kent, Somerset, Surrey, and Gloucestershire in the English county cricket. He was also a prolific bowler picking 165 wickets in international cricket.
He passed away at the age of 46 in a one-person crash just outside of Townsville in his home state of Queensland.