Andrew Symonds Controversial Monkeygate Alcohol Addiction Australia: Former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds has died in a car accident. He was 46 years old. According to a report on the ICC website, Symonds had an accident near Townsville, his home state of Queensland. Police have also confirmed his death. Symonds, the world’s all-rounder, has been the subject of controversy over his performance. The Monkeygate feud between him and Harbhajan Singh was hotly debated. Symonds was also in the news for his alcoholism.
Team India had toured Australia in 2007-08. The tour featured a Test match in Sydney. Symonds and Harbhajan had an argument on the last day of the match. Symonds has accused Bhajji of making racist remarks against him. He is called a monkey. Hence the name Monkeygate. This case went too far. The then Australia captain Ricky Ponting had reported the matter to Steve Buckner and Mark Benson. Not only that, but the issue also reached the Sydney court. However, no decision was taken on the dispute, as there was no evidence that Bhajji had commented.
Symonds played the last match of his international career on 7 May 2009 against Pakistan. The T20 match was played in Dubai. Symonds remained in the spotlight due to his alcoholism. According to media reports, he was excluded from T20 due to alcohol addiction. Symonds was accused of breaking alcohol rules.