Warne passed away suddenly while on holiday in Thailand on Friday, 4 March leading to a global outpouring of tributes and emotion.
According to the Cricinfo website, on a grey dreary Saturday in Melbourne, not dissimilar to the one where Warne claimed his 700th Test wicket in front of adoring fans in the Southern Stand at the MCG on Boxing Day 2006, Melburnians gathered around his statue outside the Members’ at the MCG to lay down a few items beloved by Warne – a meat pie from a service station, and a packet of Winfield Blue (cigarettes), and half a dozen VBs (beers) as a tribute to Warne.
When the “King of Spin” attended the unveiling of his likeness outside his beloved Melbourne Cricket Ground more than a decade ago, he quipped that the “wonderful” result made the “about four hours” the sculptor had spent measuring between his nose and ears worthwhile.
But joking aside, Warne said he relished the idea that the statue would be a future reference point – a place for ordinary Australians to come together.
“It’s a pretty amazing walk down to the MCG for whatever it is you’re doing,” he said.
“So to have a place here where people can meet and say ‘I’ll meet you at the Shane Warne statue’ will be nice.”
‘No finer tribute to Shane Warne’
Victoria’s minister for tourism and sport, Martin Pakula, confirmed that he had consulted with Victoria premier Daniel Andrews, MCC Trust chairperson Steve Bracks and MCC CEO Stuart Fox and they had resolved to honour Warne by renaming the Southern Stand in his honour