File photo of Ian Chappelli© Twitter
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell has decided to scrap his 45-year career as a commentator. The 78-year-old Chappell was known for giving his views democratically and was admired around the world for his sharp views. Chappell confirmed to Sydney Morning Herald that he had long considered withdrawing from comment. “I remember the day I knew I had had enough of cricket. I looked at the clock and it was five past eleven on a match day and I thought, ‘S**t, if you look at the clock at that moment I must go’,” Chappell said, as reported by ESPNcricinfo.
“So when it comes to commentary, I’ve been thinking about it. I had a minor stroke a few years ago and I was lucky. But it just makes everything more difficult. And I just thought with all the traveling and, you know, walking upstairs and stuff like that, it all just gets harder Then I read some Rabbits [legendary rugby league commentator Ray Warren] said retired and it really hit me when I read the bit where he said ‘you’re always one sentence closer to making a mistake’,” he added.
Chappell had decided to comment after retiring from international cricket. He had played 75 Tests for Australia, 30 of which as captain. Chappell had been part of the decorated Channel Nine broadcast team consisting of Richie Benaud, Bill Lawry and Tony Greig.
“Kerry [Packer, the media mogul who owned Channel Nine] wanted to fire me a few times. He always got the shit about one day cricket because that was his baby. And I might have said something about one-day cricket. It was like a storm with Kerry — you’d let it blow over until the next one came,” Chappell said.
“It’s up to other people to decide what they think of me and some will think I’ve been okay. Some will think I’ve been a p**k. That doesn’t bother me one bit,” he added .
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