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Aussie cricketer Andrew Symonds to star in Indian Big Brother

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Andrew Symonds has revealed that he is going to be a contestant on Indian Big Brother.

The 36-year-old controversial Australian cricketer, who was involved in a race row with Harbhajan Singh when he accused the Indian player of calling him a "monkey" during a match in 2008, said that he hopes appearing on Bigg Boss will teach him a lot about the country where he used to play so often.

Symonds told AFP: "India has been good to me and I have been travelling to India for over 20 years... I am hoping to have a lot of fun inside the house and learn more about the Indian culture that I find very fascinating.

"I am also looking at this as an opportunity to showcase the Australian culture which involves fun-filled activities like barbecues, throwing people into the pool and being completely at peace."

Singh and Symonds both played for the Mumbai Indians team in this year's Twenty20 IPL and insisted that their past argument has been put to rest.

Other previous international Bigg Boss contestants include Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson and UK Big Brother star Jade Goody. Goody caused outrage among Indians for her treatment of Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty in UK Celebrity Big Brother and later appeared on the Indian format of the show when she discovered she had terminal cancer.

Symonds tried to launch his television career in 2009.

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