Australian news September 1, 2011

Warne flags possible BBL comeback

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shane Warne has given the strongest indication yet that he could play in the Big Bash League this summer, five years after he last played competitive cricket in Australia. Warne, who will be 42 by the time the tournament starts, said he was weighing up offers from three sides, and he had been approached to be a BBL ambassador, consultant and player.

"You know what, there is probably a possibility that I might play," Warne said on the Melbourne radio station 3AW. "I might be involved in some level on the Twenty20, but I'm sort of mulling over all those things at the moment with some business opportunities and some sponsorships as well."

Warne, who retired from the IPL earlier this year, said his family remained his priority and he was uncertain how much time he could give to the BBL. If he was to play it would be a major boost for the new tournament, whose drawcards include Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi, Brendon McCullum and Matthew Hayden, who has come out of retirement to play for the Brisbane Heat.

The eight city-based sides have until December 9 to finalise their 18-man squads, before the tournament begins a week later. Sydney Thunder have named all their players already, while the rest of the sides have some space left on their rosters.

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  • Siddharth on September 4, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    If warne wants to play, he should play. The reason warne didn't have the zest is because he's aging.

  • ALEX on September 3, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    The Wurley Twerlys in the BBL, got to be worth seeing!

  • Dummy4 on September 3, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    IPL has certainly spoiled over cricketers

  • Richard on September 2, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Who cares ? !! Big Bash just about sums it up.... just rubbish .

  • Dummy4 on September 2, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    When Shane Warne was bowling in IPL-4, he didn't hav the same zest he had earlier when he played IPL in first 3 seasons. I wonder if he plays in BBL whether he'll be in form.

  • Dummy4 on September 2, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    go warni let us see ur leg spin fire once more

  • Dummy4 on September 2, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    "IPL is the best thing that has happened to cricket.. cricket is now 2nd most popular sport in the world".....well Anurag it seems u were on hibernation of some always was popular and has been the 2nd most popular sports in the world even before the stupid IPL came into just seem u started to notice cricket post IPL, which is quite sad.

  • Christopher on September 2, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    IPL is a putrid money grab that can barely be called cricket and BBL is its shadow.It cant teach ethics,technique,patience,endurance or concentration.It creates an even bigger distortion in pay equities between Test and short form cricket and divides loyalty to country and tradition.It lacks the capacity for tactics and is largely a consequence of whoever lucks in on the day.It promotes celebrity without substance and financially undermines traditional authority.It dilutes the playing pool and encourages mediocrity to build player subscription.It is the antithesis of all the values that 130 years of Test cricket underscores.

  • Dummy4 on September 2, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    IPL is the best thing that has happened to cricket.. cricket is now 2nd most popular sport in the world,,

  • Dummy4 on September 2, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    T20 ruins REAL cricket. Enough said.

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