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May 21, 2011
Shane Warne has ruled out a full-time coaching role with Rajasthan Royals in the future. Warne, who played his last IPL game for Rajasthan against Mumbai Indians on Friday said at the post-match press conference that he "definitely, 100% won't be here as a coach for the entire tournament. There's no point [being here as a coach] for seven weeks, I might as well be playing."
The 41-year old legspinner did not however rule out a short-term consultancy role."I can see myself in a consultancy role," he said, "whether it be for 10 days pre-tournament, maybe a week in the middle and a week at the end, maybe a few days, maybe just at the end."
When Warne announced his IPL retirement earlier in the tournament, Rajasthan Royals released a statement which stated that Warne would "continue his association with the Royals in coming years". Warne, however, indicated that nothing had been decided yet. "That [the consultancy role] might be with the Rajasthan Royals … I have had four years with them so they might think its time for a new injection from someone else with some different ideas … they might still want me, I'm not sure. In the next 12 months I might be associated with somebody else.
"Obviously Rajasthan are my first priority but if I can't come to an agreement with them then I'll look elsewhere," he said.
Warne has played 55 games for Rajasthan in the IPL, picking up 57 wickets at an average for 25.38. Warne captained Rajasthan to victory in the inaugural season of the IPL but the franchise's fortunes slumped in the next two seasons. They failed to make the playoffs this season, and their last few games were overshadowed by the controversy surrounding the public spat between Warne and Rajasthan Cricket Association secretary Sanjay Dixit after the May 11 game against Royal Challengers Bangalore for which Warne was fined US$50,000 by the BCCI.
Warne said that "no one had approached" him to play in Australia's Big Bash League and that "at this stage I am never going to play another game."
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