Warne wants IPL to make big impact
Spin wizard Shane Warne, who will captain Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL), feels the cash-rich Twenty20 extravaganza will be a huge boost for cricket.
"It is not a case of putting the Indian Premier League before my county. Yes, I am excited about coaching and captaining the Rajasthan Royals and I believe that the IPL will give a huge boost to cricket worldwide," Warne wrote in his weekly column in The Times.
Warne, who retired from county cricket on Friday, said IPL was not the only reason behind his decision to quit playing first-class cricket and he had several other engagements to take care of.
"I am giving it (IPL) my full commitment, but that was only part of the decision. Giving up first-class cricket is a really tough decision. It is something you only do once, so I thought long and hard before ending my Hampshire career."
"The county has been my second home for close to a decade, but the more I looked at my schedule for the rest of this year, the more obvious it seemed to be the way to go."
Charting out his priorities for the next year, Warne said: "The IPL spans more than six weeks even without preparation time. I also have six one-week engagements with World Series Poker and half a dozen sponsors with activities over the year, as well as fund-raising work for the Shane Warne Foundation."