to stop Shane Warne playing cricket - 16th January
Hampshire captain Shane Warne will
miss the beginning of the English cricket season
because of new poker commitments.
Australian legspinnner has signed a deal with
an online poker company to play in the World Series
38-year-old, who retired from Test cricket in
2007, has been playing for five years and recently
been having lessons with his friend Joe Hachem,
former World Series champion.
said: "I'm really excited. Hopefully this
will replace the competitive spirit that I had
will replace the 20 years of cricket in my life
but there are a lot of similarities.
a game of skill that has a lot of analogies to
cricket. You have to be very, very disciplined."
chairman Rod Bransgrove is sure his captain will
return to lead the side.
said: "We are confident he will back, but
we will have to start the season with someone
know who the replacement will be but there are
still contract issues to finalise and I will announce
those plans when they are complete.
have got most of the plans in place for the new
am going to chat with Shane on Feb 15 and work
out a sensible cricket programme for both of us."
had already said he would miss out on Hampshire's
Twenty20 campaign in June, and has recently agreed
to undertake a role with Cricket Australia, to
help with the development of young spin bowlers.
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