Jaipur: Shane Warne has landed in trouble after he abused the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) secretary Sanjay Dixit for not acceding to his request of a suitable pitch. The RCA has lodged a complaint against the Rajasthan Royals captain with the BCCI and the IPL.
It has been alleged that Warne, who has already announced his retirement from IPL as a player, misbehaved with Dixit after his team slumped to a humiliating nine-wicket defeat against Royals Challengers Bangalore in their last home match on Wednesday.
RCA venue director Narendra Joshi has written to IPLs chief operating officer Sunder Raman, alleging that Warne had publicly abused Dixit by calling him a liar and egoistic and demanded action against the Australian.
Sources alleged that a disappointed Warne walked up to Dixit and abused him for not replying to his messages. He called Dixit a liar, egoistic and asked him to go away, forcing Rajasthan Royals owner Shilpa Shetty to intervene and apologise for the incident.
RCA secretary Dixit also filed a separate complaint, stating that Warne for pressurised him to provide a suitable wicket for Rajasthan Royals home matches. According to sources, Dixit has forwarded the messages to BCCI, which Warne had repeatedly sent him.
When Dixit was asked about the incident, he said Warnes behaviour probably came out of frustration for the teams back-to-back defeats, which almost jeopardised Rajasthan Royals chances of making it to the playoffs.
The BCCI has already clarified that the pitch comes under the purview of the pitch committee and curator. So, how could I have acceded to his demand? he said.
Meanwhile, Warne is impressed by Rohit Sharmas talent and said that the young Mumbai batsman can become one of Indias greatest cricketers if he plays the sport with the right attitude.
Rohit Sharma has got all the talent in the world, if he could just get his mind right and get his attitude right. If his one thought was I want to become the best cricketer I possibly can. Every morning he woke up and try and talk to Sachin and ask him Sir, if I could have lunch or dinner, Warne said.
The former Australian spinner said Rohit should ask Tendulkar questions like how do you think about batting? how do you approach it in these conditions?(PTI)