Shane Warne says retired cricketers should be given a chance to help Cricket Australia. (Source: File)
Legendary Australian cricketer Shane Warne on Friday offered to help Cricket Australia (CA) to help them come out of the ongoing downward spiral. Since the ball-tampering episode in March this year, that led to one-year bans on Steve Smith, David Warner, and a nine-month ban on Cameron Bancroft, the form of the national team has taken a massive hit. A recent review into Cricket Australia further blamed the “culture” as partially responsible for players feeling the pressure to cheat, which led to a clean-out of top executives from the board.
In a column for Melbourne newspaper Herald Sun, Warne said that CA has lost sight of what it wanted to achieve. “In the words of Donald Trump, let’s make cricket great again. Cricket Australia is in disarray – fact. CA has lost control and sight of what it was trying to achieve, to make cricket Australia’s favourite sport. That was its slogan and it was right but it has lost its way and thankfully heads are starting to roll,” the former leg-spinner wrote.
The 49-year-old further added that he would be happy to get involved in any role if CA wants him to help in mending things. “I put my hand up to [outgoing team performance boss] Pat Howard a few times, told him I was available if they needed me. I’ve always been happy to get involved in any role if Cricket Australia thought I could help the team. I’m sure all the ex-players would be the same,” he wrote in the column.
The former Australian international further questioned why the former players such as Glenn McGrath are not offered a chance to help with the fast bowlers. “We’ve got a lot of spinners coming through who I’ve helped in an informal role. And I’m more than happy to help in a formal basis if required. Why not ask Glenn McGrath, offer him a contract to help with the fast bowlers. We are not playing the Australian way at the moment, at any level,” he said.
Warne further advised CA to allow more top players to participate in Sheffield Shield rather than pushing them towards T20 leagues. “Stop the Twenty20 greed. The talent in Australia is good. It comes back to how they are being taught to play, more importantly, the style they are being taught to play,” he said.