Warne slams CA rotational policy, calls to change game format
Melbourne: Legendary spinner Shane Warne on Monday slammed CA`s controversial rotation policy and suggested changes in the format of limited over games in part two of his manifesto on the future of Australian cricket.
According to Warne, Cricket Australia has failed in its mission statement, which puts fans first, be the best, increase participation, provide leadership and grow the game.
"No-one is happy (in Australian cricket). The fans, players, broadcasters, sponsors, CA etcetera. I went to the Cricket Australia website and looked at their mission statement and ... (it) sounds wonderful and is great, but in my opinion it hasn`t been delivered and results at the end of the day are what count, along with the future of the game," Warne wrote in his website shanewarne.Com.
"When we were number 1 there weren`t mission statements flying around, but we got the selection process right and the best 11 were selected for every game.
"Example: Glenn McGrath didn`t want to be rotated or rested, he wanted to play every game, and we all did.
"It`s simple, select your best 11 for each form of the game, not the same 11 but your best available team at all times," he added.
The 43-year-old also suggested changes in the one-day and Twenty20 cricket.
"We have changed the rules/laws too many times in this form of the game, everyone is confused. It is time to de-regulate 1 day cricket," Warne wrote.
"No restrictions with the field, none, place the fielders anywhere you want, this will create so many options and the attacking captains and teams will win. The only law should be that no bowler can bowl more than 10 overs.
Talking about Twenty20 cricket, Warne said: "Increase the max per bowler to 5 overs not 4, so 4 bowlers can bowl 5 overs and each ground should be as big as possible.
"Last thought for this article; no matter what form of the game is being played, the pitch must be a contest between bat and ball."
Warne also provided his list of Australia`s Test, one-day and Twenty20 squad.
Interestingly, Warne`s 18-man Test squad includes five players not going to India i,e Shaun Marsh, Callum Ferguson, all-rounder James Faulkner, and fast bowlers Nathan Coulter-Nile and the injured Ryan Harris.
T20 team: (Watson will be fit when the next 20/20 is played.): 1. Finch, 2. Warner, 3. Marsh S, 4. Watson, 5. Maxwell, 6. Wade (C), 7. Faulkner, 8. Coulter-Nile, 9. Starc, 10. McKay, 11. Doherty, 12. Beer, 13. Cutting, 14. Henriques or M Marsh when fit, 15. M Johnson.
ODI team: (Watson comes back in when fit for whatever batsman is not performing): 1. Finch, 2. Warner, 3. Marsh S, 4. Clarke (C), 5. Bailey, 6. Wade, 7. Maxwell (Floater), 8. Faulkner, 9. Coulter-Nile, 10. Starc,11. McKay, 12. Hauritz, 13. Henriques, 14. Marsh M, 15. M Johnson.
Test team: (My squad of 17 players. Watson will be fit when the next Test is played): 1. Warner, 2. Watson, 3. Marsh, S 4. Clarke (C), 5. Ferguson, 6. Wade, 7. Faulkner, 8. Coulter-Nile, 9. Siddle, 10. Pattinson, 11. Lyon, 12. Hughes P, 13. Maxwell, 14. Starc, 15. Khawaja, 16. Harris R, 17. Henriques, 18. Jackson Bird.
"This is the squad of players that I think can help us get back to number one in the world," Warne wrote about his Test squad.
Warne also promised parts three and four later in the week on grass-roots cricket, the state of spin bowling, the cricket academy and domestic cricket.