Mumbai: 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. Warne recalled that when the IPL was conceptualised in 2008 no one knew how it will turn out and complimented former chairman and commissioner Lalit Modi for the way the tournament has evolved. ‘India should use power responsibly’ (Agencies)
Warne, who called it quits to focus on his business interests and wants to 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.
"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.
"At the end of the day I think IPL is about promoting young cricketers in India. We have done probably better than any other team in the competition with that. To win the second-most games after Chennai with the teams we had for four years was an outstanding effort from all our guys in the squad," Warne said.
Warne suggested the introduction of Super Rounds next year in which one extra international player, the fifth, can be fielded by each of the 10 franchises.
Looking back on their campaign this year, he ruled that the team fell off track in a few games but insisted when they batted the way they did on Friday, with Shane Watson going hammer at tongs at Lasith Malinga and company, they were the best team in the competition.
He said his compatriot Watson was probably the best batsman currently on the planet when he plays the way he did.
Asked about his spat with Rajasthan Cricket Association secretary Sanjay Dixit, Warne hoped the IPL authorities would act against his comments on a website after both the warring parties were told at the hearing by the T20 authorities not to air their views on the issue in public.
Warne was fined a hefty USD 50,000 dollars by the two man IPL panel which conducted the hearing in Mumbai.
Australian spin legend Shane Warne says India should be careful in using its growing power in world cricket and ensure that smaller nations are not "trampled over" by its money power.
"I think it's important that India -- which has become the centre of world cricket -- uses her power responsibly. We don't want the smaller nations to be trampled over in the search for more revenue," Warne wrote in his column for 'The Daily Telegraph'.
"On the field, the big thing I'm looking for is a better balance between bat and ball. No one wants Test matches where 500 plays 450. We all need to play less cricket, and that way the groundsmen will have more time to prepare good sporting wickets that give everyone -- bowlers included -- a fair go," he said.
Looking back at his career, Warne expectedly named old nemesis Sachin Tendulkar who he most admired and found the most difficult to face.
Mumbai: 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.
Warne recalled that when the IPL was conceptualised in 2008 no one knew how it will turn out and complimented former chairman and commissioner Lalit Modi for the way the tournament has evolved.
‘India should use power responsibly’