A post is being shared on social media after Sri Lanka lost the final match of the Asia Cup 2023 to India, scoring just 50 runs after batting first. According to the post, former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds allegedly expressed his suspicion regarding how the Sri Lanka team turned up for the match. Let’s fact-check this claim through this article.
Claim: Andrew Symonds expressed his doubts about the Sri Lanka team’s performance in the Asia Cup 2023 final match, where they were all out for just 50 runs.
Fact: Andrew Symonds passed away in a motor accident in 2022. Random statements are being shared on social media linking them to him the context of India’s 10-wicket win against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2023 final. Hence, the claim made in the post is False.
A basic keyword search on the internet to know whether Andrew Symonds made these comments on the Sri Lanka team’s credibility in the context of their loss against India in the Asia Cup 2023 final revealed that the Australian all-rounder died in 2022 in a car accident.
According to news reports (here, here, and here) from May 2022, he lost his life in a “single-vehicle auto accident near Townsville in northeast Australia. He was 46.” The cricket fraternity has shared their grief and paid their respects after his death. So, this makes it clear that the viral claim is false, as he could not make a statement on the Asia Cup 2023 final match, which happened in 2023.
To sum up, statements on the final of the Asia Cup 2023 cricket match are falsely attributed to the late Andrew Symonds.