Cricket Australia announced today that Michael Parkinson, the renowned television interviewer and fervent cricket fan, will interview Shane Warne. The show will air early next year.
Parkinson: The Shane Warne Interview will be recorded before a live studio audience and will air in early January, 2007, exclusively on UKTV.
The interview will have no boundaries and will cover Warne’s stellar career on the cricket field, as well as his personal mishaps and controversies on and off the field.
“It will be a real pleasure to interview Shane Warne,” said Parkinson. “He is a man who evokes different emotions from people depending on the subject in question. He is in my view the greatest bowler of them all, certainly in my lifetime.
“Warne is a charismatic, complex and fascinating man. I am greatly looking forward to sitting down with him to find out what makes him tick.”
Shane Warne said: “I respect Michael, he is passionate about cricket and I have only the highest regard for him as a journalist and interviewer. I am looking forward to our chat.”

Will Luke is assistant editor of ESPNcricinfo