Shane Warne's family have reportedly requested a change in plans around the naming of a stand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in honour of the late Aussie cricket great.
Warne's death at the age of 52 in Thailand left the world shocked and saddened, with tributes to the legendary leg-spinner continuing to pour in across the world.
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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed after Warne's tragic death that The Great Southern Stand at the MCG would be renamed in memory of the cricket great.
“I’ve just informed the Warne family that the Government will rename the Great Southern Stand at the MCG - the place he took his hat trick and 700th wicket - to honour Shane and his contribution to the game.”
I’ve just informed the Warne family that the Government will rename the Great Southern Stand at the MCG - the place he took his hat trick and 700th wicket - to honor Shane and his contribution to the game.
The S.K. Warne Stand will be a permanent tribute to an amazing Victorian.
— Dan Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) March 5, 2022
The Premier's tweet indicated that the MCG stand would become known as the S.K. Warne Stand, in memory of the greatest bowler in Australia's Test history.
However, 7NEWS Melbourne reporter Tom Browne reports that family members want the 52-year-old's full name to be displayed on the stand.
“My understanding is that it will be called the Shane Warne stand,” Browne said.
“I spoke to a senior government source who emphasised the final decision will be down to the Warne family.”
Shane Warne's family is asking the MCC to rethink the plan to rename the Great Southern Stand in his honour. @TomBrowne7 with exclusive details. https://t.co/5zYfOfohG3 #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/hRPJbyDLa1
— 7NEWS Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) March 15, 2022
Family members visit Shane Warne shrine at MCG
It comes after Warne's ex-wife and children made a heartbreaking visit to the MCG on Tuesday, to visit the makeshift shrine dedicated to the King of Spin.
Devastated fans have been leaving flowers and mementos at the statue of Warne outside the MCG, with Warne's ex-wife Simone Callahan and their children Jackson, Summer and Brooke all paying their respects on Tuesday.
Summer shared a photo of the family standing in front of the memorial, writing “always here with us dad”.
Warne's other daughter Brooke and son Jackson also posted a photo of the family outside the MCG, saying they were proud of everything Warne achieved.
“We are so grateful for everyone’s support, the messages and love we have received is so special and touching, [everyone’s] support around our Dad’s statue is beyond heart-warming thank you,” Brooke wrote.
On Tuesday, Warne’s brother Jason shared a number of never-before-seen photos of the leg-spinning legend, saying there “are probably a few things I should finally own up to”.
“I will finally admit you could beat me, occasionally, in a sporting contest and you may even have beaten me once at monopoly,” he wrote.
“There is no way I would’ve ever admitted either of those before I got the worst news I have ever received on Friday!”
“I have and always [will] be your biggest fan, well aside from Dad.
"I have been so proud of everything you have achieved in your life. PS - you would be so proud of your kids, they have been amazing.”
Warne's body arrived home in Melbourne last Thursday on a flight from Thailand, where the 52-year-old died from a suspected heart attack.
Warne's parents Keith and Brigitte were among several family members to meet the flight at Melbourne's Essendon Fields airport.
Ex-wife Simone and children Jackson, Brooke and Summer were also there to see their father's body arrive home.
Warne's family has accepted the Victorian government's offer of a state funeral, to be held at the MCG on March 30.
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