<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Shane Warne announces retirement from Big Bash League" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130722103127.jpg" title="Shane Warne announces retirement from Big Bash League" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Shane Warne was the captain of Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Melbourne: Jul 22, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Spin legend <a href="/tags/Shane-Warne/post" target="_blank">Shane Warne</a> retired from the <a href="/tags/BBL/post" target="_blank">Big Bash Twenty20 League</a>, citing business, family and commentary commitments across two continents, thereby bringing an end to his competitive cricket career.<br /> <br /> "I think the time is right for me to hang up my Big Bash boots — juggling business, family and commentary commitments across two continents is not easy. I've always loved the game but now it's time to observe. It's going to be a huge summer for Australian cricket. I'm really looking forward to it and will be closely following the Melbourne Stars," Warne said.<br /> <br /> The 43-year-old, who quit Test cricket with 708 wickets in 2007, has been active in domestic Twenty20 leagues. He captained the unheralded <a href="/tags/Rajasthan-Royals/post" target="_blank">Rajasthan Royals</a> to the inaugural Indian Premier league (IPL) title in 2008.<br /> <br /> After four seasons in the <a href="/tags/IPL/post" target="_blank">IPL</a>, Warne signed up for Melbourne Stars as a marquee player in the inaugural 2011-12 BBL season.<br /> <br /> His BBL stint last season was marred by a spat with Marlon Samuels, which led to a 4500-dollar fine and a one-match ban. Warne's bowling form was not impressive either and he captured merely four wickets in six BBL innings, conceding 7.95 runs per over.<br /> <br /> Melbourne Stars CEO Clint Cooper said the team respects Warne's decision to call it quits.<br /> <br /> "With increasing business and family commitments across the world we fully understand Shane's decision to not play on this season," Cooper said.<br /> <br /> "Shane will still have an ongoing involvement with the team. Exactly what that capacity is will be refined over coming months."