A clear window for IPL will end sledging: Warne

Published: Saturday, May 21, 2011, 11:45 [IST]
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Mumbai, May 21: Retired Australian spin legend Shane Warne once again batted for a window for the IPL in the ICC calendar, saying the tournament helps breaks down barriers in world cricket which lessens instances of sledging in international matches.

"I look at the IPL with fun and with the wish that the the ICC, would say no international cricket for six weeks and every cricketer is available to play. That will help in breaking down barriers in world cricket about sledging and all those sorts of things and everyone is friends," said Warne who played his last competitive game last night, leading his IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals to a 10-wicket win over Mumbai Indians.

Warne, who called it quits to focus on his business interests, poker tournaments and be with his three children and girlfriend Elizabeth Hurley, does not want to see too many changes in the team structures.

"There are a lot of good things about the IPL, hope that continues. As long as the nucleus of the team is the same, the fans will have to get used to the players, IPL is very good for Indian cricket and world cricket," he declared.

The comments of the spin king were in sharp contrast to the recent comments of former England captain Tony Greig who questioned the wisdom behind top cricketers Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo preferring IPL over commitment to the West Indian team which is engaged in an international series at home against Pakistan.

Warne said he is looking out for a short stint as a consultant with the Royals or any other franchise next season.

"Royals will be very good next year if the international boys fire with guys like (Ajinkya) Rahane, (Ashok) Meneria (there). Rahul (Dravid) plays well at the top. Young Ankit Chavan (left arm spinner) bowled beautifully tonight, probably had Sachin out twice. I think they will go all the way next year," he said confidently. .


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