Shane Warne won’t appeal against his one-match BBL ban for physical and verbally attacking Marlon Samuels, despite claiming he’s been treated harshly.
The Melbourne Stars captain was also fined $4500 and will miss his side’s vital last game against Sydney Thunder at the MCG on Tuesday.
The Stars (4-3 win-loss record) are yet to confirm a place in next week’s semi-finals.
Warne faced four charges following his side’s loss to the Melbourne Renegades before a record crowd of over 46,000 at the MCG on Sunday night.
Charges of using obscene language and showing dissent at an umpire’s decision attracted fines of $1500 while his shirt-grabbing incident with Samuels drew a $3000 fine and a one-game suspension.
Miked up for TV, Warne could be heard saying “F**k you, Marlon!”. The comment was Warne’s response to an earlier incident when Samuels appeared to deliberately impede Stars’ batsman David Hussey.
Later in Samuels’ innings, Warne struck the batsman with a throw to the body which prompted Samuels to angrily throw his bat down the pitch.
Warne, 43, was found not guilty on the ball-throwing charge.
He read a prepared statement to reporters in which he complained about his penalty then refused to take questions.
He said on Twitter: “Thanks for support guys, sport can be emotional and at times very passionate too. I went to far in trying to stand up for the team.
“Lastly, will take my penalty on the chin, as I was disappointed with some of my actions, in my opinion though the penalty is very harsh.”
Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland failed to strongly condemn Warne’s childish on-field behaviour.
The top-placed Renegades could find themselves hosting the Stars in a semi-final next week at Etihad Stadium and CA officials are desperate for high TV ratings with a new TV deal on the horizon.
“It’s not a great thing for the game to see an altercation between two players,” Sutherland said.
“But there was clearly a lot of passion out there and there was a lot at stake.
“Whilst we can stand here and say that we don’t condone anything that happened last night, this sort of thing is probably something that only inspires a greater rivalry between the Renegades and the Stars and creates greater interest for the Big Bash League.”
The Renegades are considering a possible replacement player for West Indian import Samuels who has a suspected fractured eye socket after being struck by a bouncer during Sunday’s game.
Samuels is facing charges of making inappropriate physical contact with a player and engaging in unbecoming behaviour towards a player.
Sutherland says Warne has done a phenomenal job in his promotion of the BBL.
“This doesn’t chequer his career or future as a player,” Sutherland said.
“What’s of more interest to all of us is whether he wants to play and still feels he has something to offer.”