The Sudden death of Andrew Symonds left everyone shocked across the globe when it was found that he died at the age of 46 in a Car Crash in May. The Townsville City Council has decided to rename The Riverway Stadium in his honor and it would be a massive tribute to him.
Andrew Symonds, who died in a tragic car accident left a legacy behind him. He made his Test debut against Sri Lanka on 8th March 2004 and played his last test against South Africa on 26th December 2008, his ODI debut and the last ODI match both were against Pakistan. Symonds played his first T20I against the Black Caps in 2005 and he also played the 1st edition of IPL, in his IPL Career he made 974 runs with a strike rate of 129.87 including a century, while bowling he took 20 wickets.
He was the overall Package for Australia in ODIs and T20I, being ruthlessly aggressive with the bat, strongly flexible on the ground, and deceivingly destructive with the ball. Even though his career was not particularly long, he did enough in world cricket to make his impact.
Townsville Councillor Maurie Soars put a spotlight on the late Australian cricketer’s off-field impact, stating that he was always working in the interest of his junior players and regional cricketers. He worked in complete silence, fearing that any spotlight would divert attention from his initiatives to assist the city’s cricket players.
“The work he did around here with the juniors and the local cricket scene was beyond comparison and he did it without a voice. He did not want to take away or distract from the efforts that were being provided,”
It was said by Maurie Soars.
The Riverway Stadium will host a three-match One-Day International series between Australia and Zimbabwe.
According to NewsCorp, the Townsville City Council made the decision last month to take into account the renaming of the Riverway Stadium in remembrance of Andrew Symonds. The touching gesture from the city council honors the hard work and accomplishments of their hometown hero.
As of now, the Riverway Stadium has organized only two international games, both one-day internationals between Hong Kong as well as Papua New Guinea. However, the venue will soon see more action as it will organize an ODI series between Australia and Zimbabwe in the coming months.
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