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Warne announces retirement from IPL

May 6, 2011 - Jaipur

Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne has said that the ongoing season of the IPL will be his last as a player.

He is, however, likely to be associated with Rajasthan as a coach or advisor in the future.

"Yes, this is my last year playing IPL - please come down and support RR last 2 home games v Chennai and Bangalore! We need your help !!!!", Warne wrote on the social networking site Twitter.

He confirmed that this meant he would not play any more professional cricket matches after this IPL.

"A big thank you to everyone that has helped me - supported me through all the ups and downs - hope you have enjoyed watching me play," he added.

Warne captained Rajasthan to victory in the inaugural season of the IPL but the franchise's fortunes slumped in the next two seasons.

He has played 52 games for Rajasthan so far picking up 56 wickets at an average of 24.66. Rajasthan are currently fourth in the points table in this edition and Warne called on Rajasthan's fans to support them in their last two home games.

Meanwhile, Australia all-rounder Shane Watson, who plays under Warne in the IPL, has said Warne was keen to leave the game on a winning note.


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