Warne labels cricket chief a 'muppet'
It was drama on and off the pitch as Shane Warne let loose in a series of tweets slamming Cricket Australia. Read full report herePT0M57S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2dhpo 620 349 January 29, 2013
Shane Warne says he will outline his blueprint for the future of Australian cricket in the next 24 hours after his extraordinary Twitter outburst lambasting the sport’s local officialdom.
Warne said he wasn’t referring to anyone specifically as a ‘‘muppet’’ when he vented on the social networking site late on Monday, despite Cricket Australia high performance manager and former Wallaby Pat Howard seemingly being the man in the cross hairs.
Howard has overseen the selection panel’s controversial strategy of rotating players in and out of the side this summer in an attempt to avoid injuries, particularly with fast bowlers.
After calling for cricketers, ‘‘not ex rugby or any other sports people plse, seriously,’’ to run the game in Australia, Warne continued on Tuesday, saying he had a plan for how the sport should be run.
‘‘If interested I will give my opinion & write an in-depth article on the state of Australian cricket & suggest who I think should be running the team & selecting the team,’’ he wrote on his Twitter account which has more than one million followers.
‘‘My opinion only & I will post it in the next 24 hours on my website.
‘‘I have not spoken to anyone I suggest for these roles, it’s just my opinion as I think all of us who love Australian cricket have had enough.
‘‘Australian cricket is in disarray & in my opinion people are hoping Australian cricket will turn around Lack of a plan & a cricket strategy.
‘‘As I said last night we need cricket people running the team & who understand cricket & what’s required at the top level, not muppets!
‘‘I am speaking as a frustrated Australian cricket team supporter & want what’s best for Australian cricket - Give me 24 hours to write a piece.’’
Australian vice-captain Shane Watson noted Warne’s recent clash with authority during the Big Bash League when asked to comment on the legendary leg-spinner’s latest Twitter outburst.
Warne was fined a total of $9500 and suspended for one match during the BBL while playing for Melbourne Stars for various breaches of discipline, including clashing with Melbourne Renegades’ allrounder Marlon Samuels and not naming himself as captain in a semi-final in a bid to avoid a possible suspension for slow over-rates.
‘‘Warney’s obviously got a few issues with the hierarchy at the moment with some of the things that happened during the Big Bash,’’ said Watson, who’ll return from a calf injury in NSW’s one-day clash with Western Australia on Wednesday.
‘‘Obviously he’s got his own thoughts on what’s going on and what happened in the last few weeks during his last few games in the Big Bash.
‘‘There’s no doubt the people who are involved in Cricket Australia are certainly trying to do the best job that they possibly can and are trying to support the players as much as they possibly can.
‘‘That’s all you can ask for as a player.’’