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Warne says he's not ruled out Big Bash participation

August 24, 2011 - Melbourne

Former Australian leg spinner Shane Warne has not completely ruled out a return to the playing field this summer in the Twenty20 Big Bash League.

Warne, 42 next month, will return from London late next week and has playing offers from three franchises to consider.

The Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars are in the mix, while it's understood one of two Sydney teams have also reached out, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Warne's manager, James Erskine, told The Age there was still some hope the retired leg-spinner could provide the Big Bash with the star power it so desperately needs.

The prospect of Warne's new flame, Liz Hurley, attending matches could also help the league make an imprint in the social pages.

"Three teams in total have inquired about him ... He hasn't made a final decision but I would be very surprised if he decided to play. But you never say never," Erskine said yesterday.

Warne retired from all forms of cricket in May when his stint with the Rajasthan Royals ended. He has a busy schedule of commercial, commentary and charity work planned for the next 12 months, although he will be in Australia when the Big Bash is held through December and January.

Franchises have a salary cap of a million dollars per team, so Warne would have to be prepared to play for a measly sum compared to the millions he now generates.

"They can hardly afford him," said Erskine.

He said there was a greater chance Warne could be involved in a part-time coaching capacity or help in spruiking the competition.


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