Star Australia batter David Warner on Thursday said he is hoping to fly back to Australia in time to attend Shane Warne’s memorial service in Melbourne, scheduled for March 30.
Warner is currently in Pakistan with the touring Australian team. He is part of the Test squad but has been rested for the ODI and T20I squad. The 3rd and final Test of the 3-match series ends on March 25 if it goes the distance.
Warner has been signed up by Delhi Capitals for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 by Delhi Capitals but the Australian players are likely to be available for IPL duties only from April 6. The new 10-team season of the Indian T20 league gets underway from March 26.
Meanwhile, Warne will be buried at a private family funeral and a state memorial service will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on the evening of March 30.
A charter plane carrying the body of Shane Warne landed in his home city of Melbourne on Thursday evening after an eight-hour flight from Thailand, where the Australian cricketing great died last week at the age of 52.
Warne’s death rocked the Australian squad on tour in Pakistan and the feelings were still raw nearly a week later, Warner said on Thursday.
“It really didn’t sink in at all and still hasn’t,” Warner said.
“He’s always stuck by me, and every time I’ve engaged with him in any way he’s always asked me to come for a beer, come to dinner, and wanted to give advice and help.
“He’s going to be dearly missed. I’ll be trying to get down there (for the memorial service).”