Warne turns back on Hampshire for IPL and Poker

Australian cricket legend Shane Warne has finally put the final nail in the coffin of his Hampshire career by retiring from first-class cricket.

Warne, 38, feels his hand has been forced by other commitments such as the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) and poker, as well as spending more time with his family.

"This was not an easy decision to make," said the Warne.

"But due to some exciting business opportunities, I had to make this call."

Warne will play in this year’s World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, which meant he would have missed a chuck of Hampshire’s season anyway, including the Twenty20 Cup. Dmitri Mascarenhas, who is playing with Warne in the IPL for Jaipur, will take over the captain duties at Hampshire.

After representing Jaipur in the IPL, Warne will leave cricket altogether and a new career begins – if he is half as successful at poker as he was at cricket, then a lot of final tables will await him.

Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2008-03-28 11:02:29

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