ESPN signs Shane Warne as expert analyst

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 05, 2012 13:37 hrs

Mumbai, Oct 5 (IBNS) ESPN STAR Sports (ESS), Asia's leading sports content provider, on Friday announced that former Australian international cricketer Shane Warne has signed on as a part of its commentary, presentation and analysis team for a period of three years.

Known for his forthright and honest opinions and a superb cricket brain, cricket fans can look forward to Warne's sharp analysis of the game starting with the England tour of India later this year in addition to Australia's upcoming tour of India.

Having mastered the art of all formats of the game at the highest level, and his experience playing with and against some of the biggest names in modern day cricket, Warne's unique insights will add immense value to ESS's presentation of cricket.

Warne will also be actively involved in promoting Cricket related broadcast on ESPN STAR Sports.

He has had an incredible cricket international career for Australia claiming over 1,000 wickets in Tests and One-day Internationals.

In the new Twenty20 format of the game, Warne not only made his stamp as an effective bowler but also showed his ability as a strategist and as an inspiring leader when he led Rajasthan Royals to victory in the first edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).

Warne continues to share a very strong bond with Indian fans and is extremely popular in the subcontinent. He continues to be in touch with the game he loves and still weaves his magic in T20 tournaments like Big Bash in Australia.

Speaking on the occasion, Peter Hutton, Managing Director, ESPN STAR Sports, said, "We're delighted to add one of the legends of the game to our commentary team. Following on from the work with Kevin Pietersen it shows our intention to add the best international commentators to SouravGanguly, Rahul Dravid and the rest of our regular Indian team."

Huw Bevan, Senior Vice President, Production, ESPN STAR Sports, said, "Warne's unique experience and no-holds-barred insights will add immense value to ESS's presentation of cricket.

"Fans in India would indeed be familiar with his achievements at the international level as well as his heroics for Rajasthan Royals, and we're delighted to have him as partofourcomprehensivecricket coverage."

Speaking on the occasion, Warne said, "I'm really excited about working with ESPN STAR Sports and their excellent team."

Warne's announcement comes close on the heels of ESPN STAR Sports signing of former England captain Kevin Pietersen as part of its presentation and analysis team for the ICC World Twenty20, and former Indian captain Rahul Dravid in its ICC World Twenty20 programming.

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