Following the recent deaths of both men, Australian cricket legend Adam Gilchrist has disclosed an astounding act from Shane Warne to Andrew Symonds. Warne was 52 years old, whereas Symonds was 46.
During the radio interview, Gilchrist praised both of his former teammates and revealed Warne’s incredible gesture for Symonds.
According to Gilchrist, Warne invited Symonds to serve as an assistant coach with the London Spirit in The Hundred T20 tournament in England.
But what Symonds was unaware of until recently is that Warne had arranged to pay his former teammate and good pal out of his own pocket for the opportunity.
“A little thing that Roy was telling me just last week – Warnie had been speaking about getting him over to be an assistant coach at the London Spirit in The Hundred competition over there in England,” Gilchrist said.
“And it was only a couple of weeks ago that Roy found out there was no budget put aside for him. There was nothing documented in London Spirit’s set-up.”
“Warnie was doing that on his own accord and was going to pay Roy the wage that he was going to get for being over there and Roy couldn’t believe that.”
“That sense of friendship and mateship was everything that Roy built his whole life around, of trust and loyalty.
“Here we are a few days later after him relaying that story to me, he’s disappeared. He was loyal to a fault, he really was.”