Leeds: An advert featuring the late Australian cricketer Shane Warne, which continues to be used during the three-Test series between England and New Zealand, causes consternation to many of the legend’s legions of fans , many of them calling it “bad taste”.
Warne had died on March 4 in Thailand, where he was on vacation, following a suspected heart attack and his fans are baffled that his adverts are still running nearly four months after his disappearance.
The legend received a state memorial service at the Melbourne Cricket Ground last month, which was attended by several past and present cricketing legends and close friends.
A report on mirror.co.uk on Saturday said advertising featuring Warne continues to be used during Headingley’s test.
“…they also continued to use Warne, who was 52 when he died, in an advertisement for Advanced Hair Studio. The Australian icon had never made a secret of his association with the company, but TV bosses were criticized by viewers for their apparent ignorance,” the report said.
Several fans reportedly expressed their anger at the ad, wondering if it was appropriate to show it during the test match.
“Do you really think it’s appropriate to show commercials during the test match featuring the late Shane Warne? A little distasteful in my eyes…” reads the report quoting a fan’s tweet.
Another fan was quoted as saying, “Seeing that ad for an advanced hair studio with Shane Warne doesn’t sit well with me.”
One fan reportedly tweeted: ‘Played cricket during WFH today Ad for Advanced Hair Studio airs between reruns, while another said: ‘Not happy to use Graham Gooch footage who must be 20, they still use the endorsement of the late great Shane Warne. It’s a little weird.”