Shane Warne to lead Melbourne Stars in BBL

Aug 22, 2012, 08:21 IST | AFP

Shane Warne to lead Melbourne Stars in BBL

Leg-spin legend Shane Warne will captain his Melbourne Twenty20 team this season, he said yesterday, adding that talks were still underway to bring Olympic sprint king Usain Bolt into the squad.

Warne is leading a campaign to bring the champion sprinter who won the 100m and 200m events at this year’s Games to Australia to play for the Melbourne Stars franchise in the domestic Twenty20 Big Bash League beginning in December.

Shane Warne

He said talks were still “ongoing” with the Jamaican who played junior cricket before turning to the track and has long voiced a love for the game, citing a particular affinity for Pakistan pace legend Waqar Younis.

Warne, 42, enjoyed a successful return to the sport with the Melbourne Stars last season and team selector Ian Chappell said he was delighted he re-signed along with Sri Lanka’s explosive fast bowler Lasith Malinga.

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