Big Bash League news November 4, 2011

Warne to sign with Melbourne Stars, Hogg a Scorcher

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shane Warne is expected to announce his signing with the Melbourne Stars in this summer's Twenty20 Big Bash League.

After a period of doubt about what part Warne would play in the BBL, The Age has reported that Warne will be unveiled as a signing with the Stars next week. It is understood he will be available for all seven games.

While the Stars are at pains to suggest that no official deal has yet been struck, Warne's return to the Australian summer at the age of 42 was always likely to be for the team that will play its home matches at the MCG.

"We understand through Shane Warne's Management that he is still considering offers from several teams, including the Melbourne Stars," the Stars chief executive Clint Cooper said in a statement. "We anticipate a decision as to which team Shane will play for after detailed consideration of all offers within the next week."

Warne's manager, James Erskine, has said that there were plenty of considerations for any decision.

"He went out on the ultimate high in Australia, taking 700 wickets, winning the Ashes. He's as fit as he's ever been and he believes he is still one of the top spin bowlers in the world but he is 42 and realises if he plays there is a certain amount of hype and media attention that comes with that," Erskine told The Age.

"One of the advantages would be that his kids are now old enough to watch him play which they might not have been before. There is a plethora of things to weigh up."

Another former Australia spinner, Brad Hogg, has announced his participation in the BBL, signing on with the Perth Scorchers at the age of 40. Hogg retired from cricket in February 2008.

"I'm a WA boy and really looking forward to being part of the very first Perth Scorchers side for the KFC T20 Big Bash League," Hogg said. "I've been training hard and playing a bit of District cricket the past few years, and I would not be taking on this challenge if I didn't believe that I could have an impact for the Scorchers.

The Scorchers' coach, Mickey Arthur, described Hogg as a "three-in-one" player.

"Hoggy is another of what I would term a three-in-one cricketer as he offers us outstanding skills with the bat, the ball, and in the field," Arthur said. "Even though he turned 40 this year he has still been playing regularly and performing well at WACA District level, and the manner in which he plays and trains belies his age."

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  • Andrew on November 7, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    @Gary Reid - all fair points & ones I probably at some stage said or thought, although I do believe that T20 crowds draw from people who wouldn't "waste" a day at the cricket for ODIs or Tests. Generally they would be almost non-cricket fans, (hence the reason that the sides have no State links other than home grounds in some cases). Would of preferred Newcastle, Gold Coast & Geelong as well as Canberra/Darwin getting a side to spread things around a bit more (regionally).

  • Shafraz on November 6, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    So this Big Bash league is what? an over 40's tournament? Can we please have Lara and Jayasooriya too? and while we are at it Aravinda De silva too? what i wouldnt pay to watch Aravinda again ... :)

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    Big mistake making all the new teams up. It would have worked better keeping the six state teams, base a team in the ACT and call one the "Barbarians" or something that didn't tie it to a particular city, so it could be moved around from year to year, if needed.

    Personally, I don't watch this T20 stuff too much - it gets boring watching batsmen hitting ball after ball into the stands.

    Like Major League Baseball, if you want to watch this, set up an equivalent to their Home Run Derby.

    Cricket is going to the well too often with T20; the audience will burn out from watching too many meaningless tournaments.

    In 6 months time who will care who won a trophy with a fried chicken impaled on it?

  • Andrew on November 5, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster - T20 appeals to the mainly non-cricket fan base, but as I have said before, as the BBL is a low cost set up, the risk/return is far safer. There is no desire to get Asian players en masse, because a) few have done well in Oz often enough, b) some sub-continental countries would have too big a price tag, c) there would be conflict between domestic schedules.

  • Jay on November 5, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    YAWWWWN... who cares about this Big TRASH League anyway ? and who cares about Warne anymore ? certainly not me. He's a relic of the past and that's where he should be. Without a significant amount of ASIAN cricketers this tournament won't catch the world's attention. The IPL with all its glory still hasn't done much to capture the worldwide audience so it would be naive to think this KFC party would do so. Melbourne stars or Perth Pancakes, T20 is all the same - cricket on steroids !!

  • Dummy4 on November 5, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    not murali and kumble,but prasanna ,bedi and venky,chandu are better

  • Jeremy on November 5, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    Go the Perth Scorchers!! And i have to write a minimum of 25 characters so I'm writing this too.

  • Mark on November 5, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    Yes Charindra, you keep telliing yourself that.

  • Bryn on November 5, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    king shane hasnt actually signed yet you that right cricinfo?

  • Dummy4 on November 5, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    Great to see warne back.Now i am waiting for the return of steve waugh, allan border and DON BRADMAN in the big bash league. :D

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