Warne looks for dealing interests outside cricket

Published: Sunday, November 13, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:Australian cricket superstar Shane Warne said he is looking for business opportunities once his glorious playing career ends.

Warne has taken the most wickets in Test cricket with 634 in 130 Tests and the 36-year-old leg-spinner is looking to cash in on his high-profile career once his playing days come to an end in the next few years.

"I'm getting to the end of my career so I've got to have a look at some opportunities and start setting myself up for after cricket," Warne said Sunday on Channel Nine's Business Sunday program.

"In England, there are a lot of opportunities at the moment.

"It is a different way of life but it is a long-term commitment I've made to (play for English club) Hampshire and I enjoy that side of things and I enjoy England, and I enjoy living there at the moment."

Warne's business opportunities have been affected by off-field headlines which lost him the Australian vice-captaincy and placed his marriage in peril. But he announced a sponsorship deal on Friday to promote telephone messages.

Warne is not promoting the text messages that got him in trouble previously but he's putting his name to Messages On Hold, a company that produces recorded messages for businesses to play to customers while they are on hold.

Warne is also hoping for a return to Kerry Packer's Channel Nine after he was dropped over adverse headlines.

Packer rang Warne personally in July to inform him that after 12 years of service he had been dumped following off-field indiscretions.

Warne commentated during his doping ban in 2003 and will have time on his hands again when he eventually retires.

"I enjoyed learning how to do all the different things involved with TV," Warne said. "I wasn't that good at some things, I was OK at others so hopefully that door is not closed."

Warne admitted he had made some wrong calls with endorsements, including his failed attempt to quit smoking.

"Probably my worst decision was the Nicorette (anti-smoking) stuff. I tried to give up and unfortunately I didn't give up, which is the way it goes, can't win them all," Warne said.

"I've been pretty lucky I haven't had too many bad business calls yet."

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