Shane Warne: Cricket legend’s daughter calls TV miniseries “beyond disrespectful” to her life


Warne’s sudden death on the Thai island of Koh Samui in March shocked the cricketing world, particularly in Australia, where he was considered one of the country’s greatest sportsmen.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Australia’s Channel 9 confirmed plans for a two-part miniseries called “Warnie.”

channel 9 called “It’s a fitting tribute to one of the greatest Australians of all time, the Australian larrikin who lived and loved it big” in what it describes as “a must-see dramatic event in 2023”.

But Brooke Warne, Warne’s eldest daughter, has called the series sensitive.

“Do any of you have any respect for your father? Or his family?” He wrote in an Instagram story. “Who did so much with Channel Nine and now you want to dramatize his life and our families [sic] life 6 months after death? You are beyond disrespectful.’

In June, longtime Warner director James Erskine criticized plans for the biopic, calling it “disgraceful.”

“He’s only been dead a couple of months and to think about turning that around and doing something sensational, well, they should be ashamed,” Erskine told the Herald Sun.

“I’m going to write to Peter Costello because he’s chairman and say, please explain. Why would Nine go there? It’s disgraceful and I’ll certainly make my voice heard.”

Channel 9’s announcement comes a day after what would have been Warner’s 53rd birthday. Brooke took to Instagram to celebrate the day, saying: “Today will always be your day.”

Channel Nine sent a statement to CNN saying: “We know our Warnie miniseries will be a celebration of the life of an extraordinary Australian — a man who lived a great life and loved it passionately. We have enormous respect for Shane and all his achievements, and our the hope is that all Australians, including Warnie’s family, will feel the program honors his legacy and life.”

Warne is one of cricket’s greatest players, reinventing the art of leg-spin and dominating Australia for around 15 years.

He had 708 Test wickets to his name — the most by an Australian, and the second most of all time behind Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan.

He was named Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World three times, and one of Wisden’s top five cricketers of the 20th century. As a legacy, Warner’s is unmatched – the greatest leg-spinner the sport has ever produced.

Perhaps his greatest moment came in the 1993 Ashes series against England, when he delivered the ‘ball of the century’, to the complete astonishment of Mike Gatting. Video of the delivery was widely shared on social media as news of his death spread.

Following his death, tens of thousands of fans gathered at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to bid farewell to the “Spin King” Warne in a tribute to the cricketing great.