MELBOURNE: Spin king Shane Warne put his hand up Friday to help Australian cricket out of its current spiral and urged the sport’s beleaguered governing body to make better use of other former top players.
The national team has been in a form slump since a ball-tampering scandal in March and Cricket Australia has seen a clean-out of top executives after a scathing review blamed its culture as partly contributing to players cheating.
Warne said he was “frustrated” at the state of Australian cricket.
“In the words of Donald Trump, let’s make cricket great again,” he said in a column for Melbourne’s Herald Sun.
“Cricket Australia is in disarray — fact. CA has lost control and sight of what it was trying to achieve, to make cricket Australia’s favourite sport.
“That was its slogan and it was right but it has lost its way and thankfully heads are starting to roll.”
The leg-spin icon said retired cricketers needed to play a bigger part in steering the sport, calling on a host of former teammates to rally behind the game.
“I put my hand up to (outgoing team performance boss) Pat Howard a few times, told him I was available if they needed me,” he told the newspaper.
“I’ve always been happy to get involved in any role if Cricket Australia thought I could help the team. I’m sure all the ex-players would be the same.”
He questioned why retired stars such as Michael Clarke had not been appointed as a batting consultant, or Glenn McGrath to help the fast bowlers.