Shane Warne set to sign a hefty new deal

Spin wizard Shane Warne has already started planning for life after retirement as he is all set to sign a lucrative deal of 300,000 Australian dollars per year with media giant Channel Nine.

“The deal is expected to involve cricket commentary as well as other assignments like public appearance for Sports related matters.” Talks between Warne’s management and Channel Nine’s Chief Executive Eddie Mcguire are at an advanced stage and the deal is expected to be announced within six weeks.

The 36-year-old is Test cricket’s highest wicket taker with 685 scalps. Interestingly, it was the nine network which had revoked its contract with Warne after his several sex scandals went public during the Ashes last year. The leg-spinner’s association with the broadcaster goes back to 1994.

The Channel Nine commentary team already has stalwarts such as Richie Benaud, Ian Chappell, Mark Taylor, Ian Healy, Tony Greig and Mark Nicholas.

Warne’s recent on-field performances, which have seen Australia maintain an unbeaten Test streak since the ashes loss, put Warne back on the sponsors’ radar and the bowler has also signed a long-term contract with UK-based sport goods company, Mitre.

Warne may also launch his own clothing brand for the company.

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Written by Wajahat Khan on April 30th, 2006 with no comments.
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