Warnie set to bid adieu to cricket

Last Updated: Sun, Jan 20, 2013 06:20 hrs

Shane Warne will leave the Big Bash League in disgrace after he will refuse to appear at a disciplinary hearing in Melbourne tomorrow.

Warne told his Melbourne Stars teammates he would not be playing in the Twenty20 competition next season, and is walking away despite the possibility of a second fine and suspension.

The latest charge will be heard in Warne's absence, along with charges against Melbourne Renegades' Marlon Samuels and Adelaide Strikers coach Darren Berry, news.com.au reports.

According to the report, Warne was reported after a semi-final loss to the Perth Scorchers last Wednesday for naming James Faulkner nominal captain to avoid possible suspension for slow over rates.

This defied a Cricket Australia memo on December 5 that read that 'if a team's official captain is selected but not named as captain, this will be considered against the spirit of cricket.'

The semi-final was Warne's first game back following a suspension and 4500 dollars fine for manhandling Samuels in the same game that the West Indian was reported for grabbing David Hussey to prevent him from taking a second run, the report said.

Samuels faces charges of deliberate physical contact and bringing the game into disrepute. He also faces suspension.

The verbal clash, which happened during the warm-up before a Strikers-Renegades match, came less than a fortnight after Brisbane Heat coach Darren Lehmann questioned the legitimacy of Samuels' bowling action, the report added. (ANI)

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