The late, legendary Shane Warne will be remembered by his former employers Sky Sports throughout the next week’s first Test between England and New Zealand at Lord’s.
Warne, who passed away recently after a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand, not only is popular for his outstanding career but also for his commentary. In order to honour his contribution, the Sky, in conjunction with the MCC, will rename the main commentary box in the JP Morgan Media after him.
Apart from that, Warne’s colleagues in the commentary, as well as ex-players, will also pay tribute to the legend. During the series, a two-part documentary titled ‘Bowled Shane’ telling the story of 2005, 2006/2007 Ashes will be screened.
Shane Warne to be remembered during a game at Lords
Talking about Shane Warne, Sky Sports director of cricket Bryan Henderson said that Warne was a wonderful and loyal friend.
“On the pitch, he was simply the greatest, while off it, he was a wonderful and loyal friend.
“No words can capture his contribution to the game, but his magic on the field as well as in the commentary box and in life itself will never be forgotten”, he said.
Adding more, he said that this tribute would help introduce young cricket fans to the legend.
“We hope our tributes to him during this Test will remind those who witnessed him in the action of his greatness as well as hopefully introduce young cricket fans to a cricketing legend.”
The former Australian captain Mark Taylor will join the Sky Sports coverage alongside Nasser Hussain, Michael Atherton, Mel Jones, Ian Ward, Simon Doull and Eoin Morgan to talk about the legend and his impact on cricket.
MCC Chief executive and Secretary Guy Lavender added that Shane Warne was an entertainer and was passionate to improve the game.
“Shane Warne was a man who entertained us on the field and was passionate about improving the sport off it. We are hugely supportive of Sky’s commemoration of Shane which I am sure will be a fitting tribute to a true legend of the game.”
England and New Zealand will lock horns in the 1st Test at the Lords’ on June 2nd. This will be the first assignment for Brendon McCullum as the team’s Test coach. This also marks the first assignment for the captain Ben Stokes and the managing director Rob Key.
While talking about the series, the former New Zealand skipper said that they have a big goal ahead of them but he thinks that England cricket has got all the talent to get back on top.
“If we are able to get back to where we should which is at the top of the pile, challenging the best teams in the world and playing a brand of cricket which appeals to the next generation of talent, then we’ll hopefully get Test cricket to a stage where young kids are wanting to play the sport rather than just the short versions.
“It’s a big lofty goal, but that’s what’s in front of us and we’ll go about trying to build it from the ground up. I think we’ve got the talent to do it”.