Shane Warne retires from BBL, ends playing career

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Published: Monday, July 22, 2013, 11:43 [IST]
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Melbourne, July 22: Australia's Shane Warne ended his competitive cricket career on Monday by announcing retirement from the Big Bash League Twenty20 tournament.

Warne, who was part of the Melbourne Stars franchise, has decided to quit the league citing family, business and commentary commitments.

Warne retires from BBL, ends career

The 43-year-old, on Sunday, was at Lord's cricket ground, commentating on the second Ashes Test between England and Australia.

"I think the time is right for me to hang up my Big Bash boots - juggling business, family and commentary commitments across two continents is not easy," Warne said.

"I've always loved the game but now it's time to observe. I wish Cameron (White) and rest of the lads all the best for the BBL|03.

"It's going to be a huge summer for Australian cricket. I'm really looking forward to it and will be closely following the Melbourne Stars," he added.

Warne quit Test cricket in 2007 with 708 wickets. He was with Rajasthan Royals since the first edition of Indian Premier League in 2008. He bid adieu to IPL in 2011. He led Rajasthan to title victory in the inaugural edition.

Warne was picked by Melbourne Stars in 2011-12 season. His stint with the Stars was marred by an ugly on-field spat with Marlon Samuels for which the Australian was banned for one match and fined $4,700. In BBL, he took just 4 wickets from 6 games.

Chairman of Selectors, Ian Chappell told Stars website: "Shane's time with the Stars added greatly to the team and the competition. To have his skill and expertise around the squad has been of tremendous benefit and as always he's been ever ready to pass on his knowledge to others."

Stars Head Coach Greg Shipperd said: "It was always a privilege to share a dressing room with Shane. His unique and exceptional skills will remain a symbol of excellence for generations to come."

The Melbourne Stars CEO, Clint Cooper also praised and supported Warne's decision.

"It goes without saying, Shane has been instrumental in the start-up of the BBL and the Melbourne Stars," Cooper said.

"But now with increasing business and family commitments across the world we fully understand Shane's decision to not play on this season.

"Shane will still have an ongoing involvement with the team ‐ exactly what that capacity is will be refined over coming months.

"Needless to say we are delighted and indeed grateful to have arguably Australia's greatest ever cricketer aligned with the Melbourne Stars," he added.

On Saturday (July 20), Warne was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.


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