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Shane Warne’s daughters lash ‘disrespectful’ Nine

Brooke Warne (left_ with siblings Summer and Jackson at Warne's MCG memorial service.

Brooke Warne (left_ with siblings Summer and Jackson at Warne's MCG memorial service. Photo: Getty

Shane Warne’s daughters have spoken out against plans to dramatise their father’s life in a two-part miniseries, calling the Nine Network “beyond disrespectful”.

In a story posted to Instagram on Wednesday, Brooke Warne, 25, targeted the network, saying: “Do any of you have any respect for Dad? Or his family? Who did so much for Channel [Nine] and now you want to dramatise his life and our families (sic) life 6 months after he has passed away? You are beyond disrespectful.”

Ms Warne’s sister Summer, 20, also criticised the series on Thursday, describing the network’s plans as “disappointing”.

“Only six months after his passing and your (sic) already trying to make money off of this?” she said in an Instagram story.

“Can you just let my dad rest in peace, since his (sic) not here to defend himself.”

Warne was a cricket commentator and analyst for Nine for more than 23 years. He moved to Fox Sports in 2018.

Nine has said the miniseries, called Warnie, will screen over two nights in 2023.

It has described the show as a fitting tribute to one of the greatest Australians of all time and its must-see drama event of next year.

Casting details are yet to be announced, although there are reports a “virtual unknown” has been chosen to play the former Test star. Screentime will produce the miniseries for Nine in association with VicScreen.

Brooke Warne’s comments followed what would have been her father’s 53rd birthday on Tuesday. She shared on Instagram: “Today will always be Your day.”

Her sister said she would do anything to see her father’s big smile one last time.

“Thank you for the 20 years of memories we shared together. I will cherish them always,” Summer Warne posted on Instagram.

Warne’s long-time manager James Erskine has previously spoken out against plans to dramatise the cricketer’s life, telling News Corp earlier this year he would write to chairman Peter Costello about the idea.

Erskine said Warne’s family was “never approached for their blessing or input”.

“He’s only been dead for a couple of months and for them to turn this around and think about doing some sensational thing, well they should be ashamed of themselves,” he told the Herald Sun newspaper earlier this year.

In April, Nine’s head of drama, Andy Ryan, told TV Tonight there would be consultations with Warne’s family.

“His life was so intriguing, and a work in progress. It became more intriguing and interesting with every passing year and it’s a tragedy that Shane died so young,” he said.

“But the outpouring of grief adds an extra dimension. He’s definitely flawed, but a genius, a rogue and a rascal.”

The former cricketer died on the Thai resort island of Koh Samui on March 4 this year. A televised state memorial was held at the MCG in April.

-with AAP

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