Sydney: Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting feels lack of support from the cricket board (CA) to Andrew Symonds during the monkeygate episode was the reason behind the premature end to the mercurial allrounder's career.
Ponting said Cricket Australia (CA) bowed to the heavy-weights BCCI during the 2008 incident in which India cricketer Harbhajan Singh was accused of racially abusing Symonds during a controversial Test match.
"I was told every day, every week by Cricket Australia that we had to stamp it out of the game. And (when) it did (happen), I had to make a stand against it. I followed the instructions to the letter. I did everything I was expected to do. I know there are a lot of administrators in Cricket Australia who can't say the same thing," Ponting was quoted as saying by Australian Associated Press from his interview to Nine Network, to be aired on Saturday.