Australian spin legend Shane Warne passed away on 4th March 2022 in Thailand. And now, a state funeral for Warne will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). A massive crowd of 1, 00,000 people is expected to attend the event. As per a report in The Herald Sun, the funeral is likely to take place in the next 2 weeks. Shane Warne’s manager, James Erskine stated that the MCG would be the most appropriate place for the funeral of arguably the greatest spinner that the game has ever seen.
Sources have also stated that the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, and the Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews also want to be present at the event. Also, a stand in Australia’s biggest cricket stadium is slated to be renamed as the SK Warne cricket stand. Shane Warne played 145 Test matches for Australia, and is the highest wicket-taker for the kangaroos in the longest format of the game, with 708 wickets to his name. The legendary leg spinner also picked up 293 wickets in the ODI format of the game as well. Shane Warne last played an international match for the Australian cricket team in the year 2007 against England. Several cricketing greats mourned the death of Shane Warne, and tributes have still been coming in from every corner of the cricketing world for the legendary Australian leg-spin bowling genius.
Apart from Shane Warne, another Australian cricket legend Rod Marsh also passed away. Marsh represented the Australian side in 96 Tests and 92 ODI matches. While the left-handed batter plundered 3633 runs in the whites for the kangaroos, Marsh amassed another 1225 runs in the ODI format of the game. Marsh played his last international match for the kangaroos in the year 1984 against the West Indies cricket team at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).