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Warne flags possible BBL comeback

ESPNcricinfo staff

September 1, 2011

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Shane Warne sends back another batsman, Rajasthan Royals v Kochi Tuskers Kerala, IPL 2011, Jaipur, April 24, 2011
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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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Posted by palkiadialgaarceus 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.

Posted by lillie_express on (September 3, 2011, 13:19 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (September 3, 2011, 4:15 GMT)

IPL has certainly spoiled over cricketers

Posted by Narkovian on (September 2, 2011, 16:42 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (September 2, 2011, 7:17 GMT)

go warni let us see ur leg spin fire once more

Posted by   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 sort...cricket always was popular and has been the 2nd most popular sports in the world even before the stupid IPL came into being...it just seem u started to notice cricket post IPL, which is quite sad.

Posted by hyclass 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.

Posted by   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,,

Posted by   on (September 2, 2011, 2:55 GMT)

T20 ruins REAL cricket. Enough said.

Posted by   on (September 1, 2011, 15:31 GMT)

Cricket needs successful players like him to be ambassadors of the shorter form of the game; why not also make muralitharan join the league as well to make it more interesting and a bit of flair. Wish this form of cricket came in the early 90s, so many great players of the game didnt end up playing the shorter format.

Posted by triassicpark on (September 1, 2011, 12:58 GMT)

I also agree with Smudgeon. Just because he had a stupendous career it does not mean he has to forego his other interests at the drop of a hat to come and do some coaching. Moreover Jameswayne, you can be/show some respect to IPL. Maybe its not your kettle of fish. I still consider tests as the pinnacle and never missed a test in WACA for the last 5 yrs. But IPL in its own way if fun. There are others who do follow IPL. So, show some respect.

Posted by Navzkhan on (September 1, 2011, 12:54 GMT)

I am with you JAMESWAYNE,the legend should ve helped ozs spinners.....

Posted by djdrastic on (September 1, 2011, 12:51 GMT)

Shane Warne.The Hulk Hogan of cricket.

BROTHER !

Posted by sabee66 on (September 1, 2011, 12:49 GMT)

i would like to see him back, it would be a fun seeing LIZ in aussie crowd but i really want afridi to smash him too..lol i might come back to club cricket , whynot, i am just 32 and not retired officially...lol kidding

Posted by CricketChat on (September 1, 2011, 12:42 GMT)

I hope Warne stays retired even though my heart says he will push himself to play. He was becoming progressively less effective in IPL in the last 2 yrs and I thought he did the right thing by retiring from playing. ICC should appoint him as a Spin ambassador so he can oversee growth of next generation of spinners across the world and influence preparation of pitches to aid spin.

Posted by Antomann on (September 1, 2011, 12:16 GMT)

Who's the weird orange guy in the photo who looks like Shane Warne??

Posted by CricketPissek on (September 1, 2011, 12:13 GMT)

is it just me, or does Warne look more and more like his playstation avatar every day? anyway, if Australia are serious about using Big Bash to unearth talent for future Australian teams, they will do well to keep Warne out of it.

Posted by AlanHarrison on (September 1, 2011, 11:05 GMT)

"There is probably a possibility that I might play", eh, Shane? Well there's probably a possibility I might go to Mars. This guy has had more comebacks and retirements than George Best. The Warne publicity spin machine does a good job of making him more money for laser hair restoration treatment, but Julian Deane is right: Australian cricket needs to look to the future and ignore such spoutings.

Posted by smudgeon on (September 1, 2011, 9:27 GMT)

@jameswayne - I disagree...Warne has made himself available frequently to provide advice to young Australian spinners. Just because he's a legend of the game, doesn't mean he has to devote every spare moment of the rest of his life to said game. He did his job extremely well in the Australian team as a player and figurehead, I certainly don't begrudge him his opinions or career choices.

Posted by   on (September 1, 2011, 8:57 GMT)

jameswayne Well done.. I totaly agreed with you...

Posted by Mcgrath-Dravid-Flintoff on (September 1, 2011, 8:56 GMT)

Dont we just love to see him in action? such a legend. the best spinner of all time

Posted by   on (September 1, 2011, 6:58 GMT)

I would love to see Warney playing in Australian Domestic tournament as he is a very legendary bowler.... Good luck warney!!!

Posted by jameswayne on (September 1, 2011, 6:40 GMT)

I suppose Shane Warne should zip his mouth when it comes to the selection of Aussie players especially spinners. What has he done for the spinners of Oz since he has retired? Yes, he has got time for Bingo, a lot more time for the disgusting piece of rubbish called IPL where you get paid easy money for just showing up. Warne has also time to coach and give tips to upcoming spinners from India, England etc. But when it comes to Australia he comes up with comments like ABC should have been in the side or XYZ should have been dropped. What about taking up the mantle of coaching the Aussie spinners? What Shane Warne is today is not because of India or England but only because of Australia. So he should stop whining and do something practical and that is of advantage for Australia and it's players.

Posted by jameswayne on (September 1, 2011, 6:38 GMT)

Most of the people are of the view that Shane Warne would have made a great captain. But many of them have also stated that the Aussie team with McGrath, Ponting, Hayden, Langer, Martyn, Gilchrist, Warne, Gillespie etc. did not need a captain as they would have won almost everything anyway. So why don't these people stop bickering and wrangling about things which did not occur as Ricky Ponting has anyway did a fantastic job even without Warne as he won 2 world cups in 2003 and 2007 without Warne. So did Steve Waugh who had a stupendous tenure before Ponting. Shane Warne had listed Steve Waugh way below in his book. But it should be the other way round. Warne has no right to judge a superstar like Steve Waugh who was not only an all time great but also a great great human being as can be proved by his various charities in India and Australia. The poor thing about all this is Warne, who played with Waugh could not learn any good things from him.

Posted by dsig3 on (September 1, 2011, 6:31 GMT)

Never count out the legend, but I would hate to see him get flogged on the roads they usually make for these silly 20/20 games.

Posted by CustomKid on (September 1, 2011, 5:59 GMT)

Don't waste your time warney. You've given enough to all forms of cricket. Just keep bowling flippers to your new missus Mrs Elizabeth Hurley - she's far more important! Lucky bugger :)

Posted by   on (September 1, 2011, 5:31 GMT)

As a fan of cricket, I love seeing a legend bowl especially since he can still win a game. As a supporter of Australian cricket, I think its time to move on - its the only way up and coming spin bowlers can move out of his shadow.

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