The Townsville City Council has decided to honor the late Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds by renaming The Riverway Stadium in his memory.
Andrew Symonds who made his international debut for Australia in 1998, tragically lost his life in a vehicle accident earlier this year in May. He played for Australia in 26 Tests, 198 One-Day Internationals, and 14 T20 Internationals throughout the course of a career that lasted more than ten years. He was also a part of the ODI World Cup winning team twice.
Councillor Maurie Soars of Townsville provided light on the deceased Australian cricketer's influence off the field by saying that he constantly worked for the good of his juniors and neighborhood cricketers. He worked silently throughout, not wanting attention because it would detract from his efforts to improve the town's cricketers.
“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,” Maurie Soars was quoted as saying.
The Riverway Stadium will host a three-match ODI series between Australia and Zimbabwe later this month