Written by: Mamatha Maben
Published: Monday, August 11, 2003, 17:46 [IST]
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Bangalore: Apparently Shane Warne is turning out to be a 'Shame' Warne for Australian cricket with his repeated misdoings. The latest to hit the stands is his alleged phone sex with South African Helen Cohen Alon - a 45-year-old divorcee and a mother of three. What does one make of all these?

Is it any of our business to pass judgement on Shane's personal life or has he to be more responsible in handling his personal life since he is a national figure?

Well, I suppose, Shane should know better than to be involved in embarrassing scandals time and time again.

All his deeds thus far - quite a few of them - have reflected him in poor light. And when one compares this with his heroics on the field and the status he enjoys as Australia's national hero, all one can do is tear one's hair apart.

How can somebody so special to the world of cricket be such a source of embarrassment; not only to Australian cricket but cricket fraternity in general?

The Maradona of cricket, Warne seems to find new ways to bury himself in trouble.

Not yet out of the 'Drug' soup that he currently finds himself submerged in, Warne will have to further face public fury over fresh sex allegation.

The Aussies are already showing signs of 'Shane weariness' with 'The Australian Associated Press' (AAP) calling for the world's top-ranked team to sack Warne, saying, "Not only is Shane Warne a liability off the field, he is no longer a necessity on it."

The coming days will reveal the course the scandal will take. And whatever the outcome, Shane Warne, I suppose, has gone a little too far.

I know it is his personal life and for us to be passing a judgement would be uncalled for. But he being a public figure should realise he is duty-bound to his nation and as a call of duty should know better than to entangle himself in embarrassing situations.

Warne should be grateful that Cricket Australia (formerly Australian Cricket Board) have done exceedingly well in covering up for his misdeeds in the past and even in this case are doing their best in limiting the damage. But that is not to say that Warne can just go on and on with his adventurous behaviour.

It's time the Australian authorities set right Warne's behavioural pattern. For no matter how great a player he is, he is first a civilian and then a star. He should be treated as any other and given a dress down.

It is time Warne be dealt the whip.


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