After a 45-year career as a commentator, former Australian captain Ian Chappell announces his retirement.
Ian Chappell, a former captain of Australia, has made the decision to end his 45-year career as a commentator. Chappell, 78, was lauded for expressing his stinging opinions in a democratic manner and was admired for them all around the world. Chappell stated in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald that he has been considering taking a significant sabbatical from commenting. “I can still clearly recall the day I decided to give up playing cricket. When the time reached five minutes after eleven on a playday, I thought, “S**t, if you’re clock-watching at that hour. I have to go, according to Ian Chappell and ESPNcricinfo.
After giving up international cricket, Ian Chappell made the decision to start a commentary career. He led Australia in 30 of his 75 Test matches as a result. Richie Benaud, Bill Lawry, and Tony Greig were the other members of the legendary Channel Nine broadcast crew that Ian Chappell had been a part of.
“Kerry [Packer, the media tycoon who oversaw Channel Nine] tried several times to fire me. He was so obsessed with one-day cricket that it used to give him fits. I think I also brought up one-day cricket. According to Chappell, Kerry was like to a storm that you had to wait to deal with till it passed.
“It’s up to them to decide what they think of me; some might claim that I’ve been alright. Consequently, some individuals may believe that I’m a jerk. That’s not at all a problem to me, he continued.
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