An open letter has gone out to former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne seeking reasons for his absence from a Big Bash encounter between his team, Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades on Friday.
Warne, who is currently commentating in the India-England Test series in India, was pulled up through the letter for not making himself available for one of Australian cricket's annual signature events.
The letter also criticised Warne for expressing a desire to make a comeback to Test cricket at the age of 43, while giving a miss to domestic cricket events such as the Big Bash League.
"There is no need to apologise, Shane. You're paid $500,000 a season to play in the Big Bash and have earned every cent before bowling a ball in the tournament opener tonight," News.com.au quoted the open letter, as saying.
"The publicity you generated by announcing yet another Test comeback, on the proviso the Australian captain rang you, has put Australia's Twenty20 competition up in lights (again). Not even the battle for the world Test crown against South Africa could always keep football off the back page but you did," the letter added.
"The Big Bash is a fabulous vehicle for mixing young and old. Some of the teammates and opponents half your age can only benefit of your knowledge and experience in the same way that playing with the overseas stars can only be a good thing," the letter further said.
The letter added: "Tonight about 30,000 people will turn up to the Melbourne Derby between your Stars and the Renegades, doubling the record for a Big Bash crowd at Etihad Stadium."
"Many of them are coming along just because you're playing, in the same way that thousands will tune into Fox Sports' coverage only to see you in action again," it said.
"The many families who come to the Big Bash with young children are helping to create the Test fans of the future, just as the one-day game did after World Series Cricket more than 30 years ago," the letter concluded. (ANI)