Shane Warne willing to help troubled Cricket Australia
Shane Warne (Getty Image)

Former legspinner Shane Warne has put his hand up and offered to help a troubled Cricket Australia. The board has come under severe turmoil after the review committee called CA’s culture ‘arrogant’, which led to resignations of former CA chairman David Peever and Mark Taylor as member of the board. And the upheaval continued with executives Pat Howard and Ben Amarfio being the latest to leave the governing body.

In such adversity, Warne is willing to help out CA but has questions as to why more of his former international teammates haven’t been approached.

“I put my hand up to Pat Howard a few times, told him I was available if they needed me,” Warne wrote in his column for The Herald Sun. “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.”

“We’ve got a lot of spinners coming through who I’ve helped in an informal role and I’m more than happy to help in a formal basis if required. Why not ask Glenn McGrath, offer him a contract to help with the fast bowlers?”

Warne pointed out that Australia has not shortage of talent but it all boils down to how they are nurtured. And for that, the correct people need to be in charge at the top. “We just think we are going to produce cricketers, but that wouldn’t happen until the right people were involved and the right environment was put in place,” he mentioned.

“Everyone is jumping on the players because they are not performing but we have to take a step back and ask why? Are they good enough? The talent in Australia is good. It comes back to how they are being taught to play, more importantly the style they are being taught to play.”

On the eve of the second one-day international between South Africa and Australia, home team captain Aaron Finch said that the chaos caused at Cricket Australia is having an impact on the performance of players, in the aftermath of Australia’s seventh straight ODI loss.

“When there are changes, and there are things being said and written, I think it’s hard not to read it sometimes when it’s everywhere. You might spend a little bit of time reading it and putting some kind of doubts in your mind,” Finch had said.