Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne today retired from the Big Bash T20 League, citing business, family and commentary responsibilities across 2 continents, thereby bringing an end to his competitive cricket career.
“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. I’ve always loved the game but now it’s time to observe. 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 said.
Shane Warne, who leave Test cricket with 708 wickets in 2007, has been active in domestic T20 leagues. He captained the unheralded Rajasthan Royals to the first IPL title in 2008. After 4 seasons in the IPL, Shane Warne is going to Melbourne Stars as a marquee player in the first 2011-12 BBL season. His BBL stint last year was marred by a spat along with Marlon Samuels, which led to a 4500-dollar fine and a one-match suspension. Shane Warne’s bowling form wasn’t extraordinary either and he captured merely 4 wickets in 6 BBL matches, conceding 7.95 runs per over.