Shane Warne’s state funeral has been confirmed for March 30 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Warne died unexpectedly on March 4 after suffering a heart attack aged 52, prompting an outpouring of tributes to the Australian hero.
The Warne family accepted the offer of a public funeral. Australian MP Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria, said on social media that the occasion would be a chance for the country to honor the sports superstar.
“It will be an opportunity for Victorians to pay tribute to his contribution to his sport, to our state and to the country. Details will be finalized in the coming days. »
The evening ceremony has now been confirmed at the 100,000 seat MCG Stadium with tickets to be made available.
“There’s no place in the world more fitting to say goodbye to Warnie than the ‘G,” Andrews posted on Twitter.
“Victorians will be able to pay their respects to Shane and his contribution (to) our state and his sport at a memorial service at the MCG on the evening of March 30.”
Tributes for Warne from around the world poured in after the shock death of one of the sport’s most charismatic and beloved figures.
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Fans continued to pay floral tributes to the Melbourne Cricket Ground’s Shane Warne statue, while the stadium’s Great Southern Stand will be renamed SK. [Shane Keith] Warne Stand in honor of the spin king.
Warne achieved worldwide fame with the “ball of the century” for tricking and dismissing Mike Gatting in the 1993 Ashes series against England.
He went on to claim 708 Test wickets, the second most runs in history, in a 15-year career spanning 145 matches.
The bullish spinner also racked up 293 one-day international wickets, helping Australia win the 1999 World Cup.
He inspired cricketers around the world and his appeal went beyond the sport.
Dozens of tributes we paid on talkSPORT from those who knew him best, including from Mark Nicholas, who was close friends with Warne and co-wrote his autobiography.
He told talkSPORT: “He’s one of the greatest cricketers who ever lived, but more than that, one of the most inspirational sportsmen who ever lived.
“He transformed a whole generation into a new type of rock and roll cricket, he played at a level never seen before.
“He was an entertainer and loved that so many people enjoyed watching him play. He was an amazing guy with so much energy. The only consolation I can give is that he gave a real boost to his life.
“I would say I would have trusted him with my life and would rank him as a big fan…of anything. He was ready for anything.
“His stubbornness was great for the game, he didn’t compromise on everything he believed in.
“He gave so much for the sport, but so many other areas.
“It’s a desperate blow. I think of his mum, his dad and his children, they are wonderful people.
“He was one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met and that’s just terrible.”