London: Shane Warne has branded Cricket Australia “muppets” and called its policy of rotating players “absolute rubbish” following Australia’s T20 series defeat by Sri Lanka.
The Warne vented his anger on a social networking site in his latest run-in with the CA, which has attracted stinging criticism from other greats of the game for rotating players in a bid to reduce injuries.
Warne singled out ex-Wallaby rugby star Pat Howard, CA’s high-performance chief, who oversees the controversial rotation policy.
Warne, 43, a friend of Test and one-day captain Michael Clarke, complained late on Monday that fans were being deprived of seeing the world’s leading batsman in action.
“I think CA really need to look at the people who are making decisions on all facets of cricket in Australia, we are seriously becoming a joke!” Warne said.
“Absolute rubbish! Selections, rotations, resting & farcical decisions on matches, joke... Cheating the public & too many excuses... Wake up CA.
“Can CA please put current people in charge to run the game, select teams, not ex-rugby or any other sports people please, seriously.
“We have the best batsmen / captain in the world in Michael Clarke. He needs current cricket people to help him out not muppets.”
Retired players have queued up over the Australian summer to attack the repeated rotation of players. Ian Chappell charged CA with creating “more confusion than an algebra test”. Sri Lanka won the first T20 match by five wickets in Sydney on Saturday, and won again at the MCG late Monday off the last ball of the match under the Duckworth-Lewis method.