No offers for Warne to promote Big Bash League

Last Updated: May 20, 2011, 13:46 PM IST

Sydney: There is no doubt over Australia’s cricket legend Shane Warne’s popularity, but the spoting icon has still not received any offers to promote the country’s fledgling Big Bash League.

The leg-spinning great, who will play his final game of competitive cricket tonight, has not received any offers from Cricket Australia officials to help market the revamped Twenty20 competition.

“My gut feeling is that it would have to be a good deal for him to do something plus he’s got the foundation work, poker world championships, he’s a busy boy,” Warne’s manager James Erskine said.

“It’s highly unlikely he’ll get involved. I haven’t had a phone call or anyone call me. I think he’s more interested in helping CA produce great Test bowlers. I think that’s more his interest than a Twenty20 [role],” The Sydney Morning Herald quoted him, as saying.

The revelation came as Cricket Australia’s Big Bash supremo Mike McKenna acknowledged the difficulty the competition would face in luring big names to play in the inaugural edition next summer.

With the West Indies the only team not involved in international action during the BBL’s December-January timeslot, recruiters are likely to target the Caribbean for their star imports.

But McKenna conceded the one million dollars salary cap would make it hard for franchises to lure prospective recruits with big bucks.

“We’re not going to pay a Sachin Tendulkar more than what we’ll pay a Michael Clarke or a Ricky Ponting. The salary cap, particularly for the next couple of years, is not going to be massive,” he said.

Bureau Report