Bangalore: Shane Warne has revealed he threatened to walk out of the Rajasthan Royals side during the first season over interference in team selection by "certain people". In an interview to a television channel, Warne said he had had to make some tough decisions in his tenure as Rajasthan captain, and having his say over selection was one of them.
Warne, the Rajasthan captain, is playing his last IPL season, having announced his decision to retire from the league few days earlier on Twitter.
"There was one particular decision in which I really set the tone for the rest of the series," Warne said about the first season, when Rajasthan took the title. "It is really tough to make a squad, to make the final squad and there is always disappointment from players on missing the squad. And we were getting a little bit of pressure from certain people about playing certain players and I said to the owners, whom I had only known for ten days, 'Look, that's fine if you want X player in the squad but book me on QF 9 [a Qantas flight] because I'm going home.'