Warne’s state funeral will be held at the iconic MCG in front of an expected crowd of 1 lakh: media reports


Shane Warne’s state funeral will be held at the iconic MCG in front of an expected crowd of 100,000 in a fitting send-off for the king of Australian spin in the next two to three weeks, according to reports here.

The public funeral will be held after Warne’s family mourns him at a private service.

Warne’s manager, James Erskine, would not confirm the MCG as the venue for the state funeral, but hinted that no other stadium would be appropriate considering the legendary Australian’s stature.

“But where else?” Erskine told ‘The Age’.

According to ‘Herald Sun’, it is likely that the state funeral will take place in two or three weeks, which would coincide with the season of the Australian Rules Football League (AFL), but the MCG “will make all the necessary arrangements to accommodate the service”.

No date has been set as Warne’s family wait for his body to be returned to Melbourne following his sudden death from a suspected heart attack on Koh Samui in Thailand on Friday.

‘The Age’ quoted sources as saying that Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews wanted to attend the state funeral and were working to find a suitable date with Warne’s family.

The MCG was Warne’s favorite course and the scene of his famous hat-trick against England at the Boxing Day test in 1994, taking the wickets from finalists Phil DeFreitas, Darren Gough and Devon Malcolm.

Warne has his own statue on the MCG field, and has become a central place for fans to pay their respects with numerous flowers placed alongside Victoria Bitter beer cans, cigarette packs and meat pies.

The 52-year-old will also bear his name on the South Stand, which will become the SK Warne Stand.

On the same day as Warne’s sudden passing, another Australian legend, former goalkeeper Rodney Marsh, died a week after suffering a heart attack. The Western Australian government also offered Marsh a state funeral.

Cricket Australia, the state cricket associations of Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia, along with St Kilda Cricket Club, where Warne played, are likely to meet later this week to discuss commemorations for the two Australian cricket legends.


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