"He basically had it on a platter, and of course (his parents) were from there (England). But it got down to his moral compass: He was desperate to play for Australia. It was his childhood dream; it was never a monetary thing," Mott said.
Symonds, who played 238 Internationals, including 26 Tests, for Australia between 1998 and 2009, died at the age of 46 after rolling his car off a road near Townsville.
The former all-rounder died in a single-car crash west of Townsville in Queensland.
Emergency services also tried to revive Symonds, the sole occupant of the car, but he died of his injuries, police said.
Symonds played 26 Test matches for Australia and posted two centuries, but he was better known as a limited-overs specialist. He played 198 One-Day International for Australia, and won two World Cups.
Symonds was the quintessential white-ball player. He was a hard-hitting batter, could bowl both medium-pace and spin, and was a real live wire on the field.
Harbhajan wore his heart on his sleeve and there was never a dull moment when he was on the field.
Conduct of the game within the laws and upholding its spirit are the responsibility of not only the umpires but also the entire set of players led by the two captains and the match referee.
The scandal unfolded when senior Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was charged with racially abusing Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds during the second Test at Sydney in 2008.
The former Australian all-rounder said the infamous incident during the home series against India in 2008 even led to bouts of 'binge drinking'.