Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne has slammed a section of the Indian media for using a tongue-in-cheek comment from him and spinning it into a story about how the Board of Control for Cricket in India would not be able to afford his services as Team India coach.
A day after the original story was splashed by Mumbai-based tabloid mid-day, Warne took to Twitter to lampoon the media outlet.
Warne tweeted that the statements were just tongue-in-cheek and branded the report as "disappointing journalism".
Ps re @imVkohli & I would work well together as a quote, this is totally made up. I never said that to anyone, very disappointing journalism
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) June 7, 2017
Re Indian coaching position. I was in a lift & was asked if I would put my hat in the ring I said "India can't afford me" tongue in cheek ! — Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) June 7, 2017
On Wednesday, Shane Warne was quoted by mid-day as saying, "I am very expensive, I don't think they can afford me. Virat Kohli and me can have a good partnership, but as I said, I am very, very expensive."
The news comes at a time when incumbent Anil Kumble's tenure as the head coach is about to end. The BCCI has already invited applications for the post which will be vacant after the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy concludes on 18 June.
Warne, who scalped 708 wickets in Tests, is no stranger to mentoring young Indian players. It was under him that a young and inexperienced Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League in 2008. He also mentored the Royals in later editions.