Shane Warne's body to be brought from Thailand : Funeral in his home-country



BY : BIPIN DANI


Shane Warne's funeral will take place in Melbourne, Australia, according to his manager James Ereskine. The 52-year-old legendary spinner passed (suspected due to the heart-attack) away in Thailand.



Speaking from Sydney, the manager informs :



"Warne along with his four friends went to Thailand (from Melbourne) on Wednesday. He was not on any cricketing assignments but on a holiday. One among the four is there is our office staff".



"The dead-body will be brought to Australia for his final rites. It may take a few more days as the High Commissioner's office is also involved in the process".



With Warne's exit, Muthiah Muralitharan has lost his cricket-partner.



"It (the age of 52) is not the age for any cricketer to leave" - Muthiah Muralitharan, speaking exclusively to this reporter, said over the telephone.



"It is very shocking news and very hard to digest. We can't believe it. He was a legendary cricketer. We both played in the same era. The world of cricket fraternity will miss him. It is a big loss to the game. All his fans will miss him" - Murali added.



Warne was the second highest Test wicket taker (708) after Murali's 800. The series between Sri Lanka and Australia is played for the Warne-Muralitharan trophy.



It is a very black day in international cricket when two great players-Rod Marsh and Warne passed away on the same day. It will not be surprising if the players of both teams or at least the Sri Lanka's wear a black armband on the second day of the ongoing Mohali Test on Saturday.



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