Shane Warne (R) of the Melbourne Stars has a heated exchange with Marlon Samuels of the Melbourne Renegades during their Big Bash League match at Melbourne Cricket Ground yesterday. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
Melbourne Stars BBL captain Shane Warne says he has been
harshly treated and is considering appealing against his
one-match ban following his clash with Melbourne Renegades'
Warne was hit with four charges following last night's
Melbourne derby at the MCG and is now set to miss the Stars'
crucial final match against Sydney Thunder at the same venue
The 43-year-old legspinner was also fined $A4500.
The Stars are yet to confirm a spot in next week's semifinals
and Warne says an appeal is under consideration to enable him
to play on.
"For me as the Melbourne Stars (captain) I'm very conscious
of the image of the game," Warne told reporters today after
emerging from his disciplinary hearing.
"I'm disappointed in some of my actions last night. Also I'm
pretty disappointed with the severity of the penalties too.
"I think that was pretty harsh. We'll keep you updated
through the day (on a possible appeal) and see what happens."
Warne, Australia's leading test wicket-taker and one of
Wisden magazine's five cricketers of the 20th century, was
found guilty on three of the four charges he faced.
Warne confronted Samuels at the end of one of his overs and
grabbed at the West Indian import batsman's shirt, then swore
at him and pointed angrily.
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 as the umpires stepped in to restore calm.
Warne was charged with showing dissent at an umpire's
decision, engaging in inappropriate and deliberate physical
contact, and throwing the ball at or near Samuels in an
inappropriate and/or dangerous manner.
CA also charged the legspinning great for using language that
is obscene, offensive or of a generally insulting nature
towards another player.
The ball-throwing charge was dismissed at Warne's hearing.
Samuels has been asked to explain his behaviour after hurling
his bat and is also charged with making inappropriate
However, Samuels is yet to attend a hearing and is nursing a
suspected fractured eye socket after being struck by a
bouncer from Stars pace bowler Lasith Malinga.
Stars batsman Cameron White pleaded guilty to a charge of
showing dissent to an umpire and was fined $1000.
The top-placed Renegades are considering replacing Samuels
for the finals series depending on his medical condition.
"We're now waiting for the swelling around his eye to subside
before determining the full extent of the blow," coach Simon