Symonds insists he will return to Baggy Green fold

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Andrew Symonds is committed to returning to the Australian cricket team, but has no idea how long it will take to regain selection.

Symonds returned to training for the Queensland state squad yesterday, his first official practice since he was sent home from Australia's series against Bangladesh at Darwin last month for skipping a team meeting to go fishing.

"I'm going through the process of trying to improve and become not only a better cricketer but a better person," the 33-year-old all-rounder said. "I'm looking forward to the challenge of taking up cricket again for my club, state and country, hopefully. I am committed to playing cricket properly."

Symonds was not selected for Australia's four-test tour of India starting later this month, with Cricket Australia deciding he needed more time to consider his international future.

Meanwhile, former captain Habibul Bashar is among at least 10 leading Bangladesh players who will join the unofficial Indian Cricket League, a league official said yesterday. "There will be more than 10 players, that includes Bashar," the official, who did not wish to be identified, said.

Batsman Nazim Uddin had earlier became the seventh player to apply for early retirement, joining Bashar, batsmen Shahriar Nafees and Aftab Ahmed, all-rounder Farhad Reza, wicketkeeper Dhiman Ghosh and left-arm spinner Mosharraf Hossain who had requested early retirement on Sunday without giving a reason.