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Cricket leadership 'weak, self-interested'

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November 19, 2013

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'We are all custodians of the game'

Ian Chappell, the former Australia captain, has described the leadership of cricket as "weak and self-interested" and called on the game's administrators to do more to stamp out corruption. Delivering the keynote address at the ESPNcricinfo at 20 event in Brisbane on Tuesday night, Chappell said cricket had for some time been "a runaway train with no one at the lead", particularly in regard to scheduling between the three formats.

He described India's cricket administration as arrogant, but was equally critical of the other major nations for their failure to stand up to the BCCI on various issues. And while Chappell said an overcrowded schedule and disparity between the quality of Test teams were major issues for the game's administrators, he said corruption was clearly the most pressing problem in the sport.

"What has bothered me particularly in recent times has been this seeming obsession with the bottom line," Chappell said. "Most cricket administration decisions seem to be made purely with the bottom line in mind. I would like cricket administrators to get back to where priority number one, and easily priority number one, is the best interests of the game.

"I think now the most important issue for cricket administration is corruption. I can't think of anything other than corruption that can bring this game down. Players have got to become whistle-blowers, and they've got to be educated how important this is. You cannot tell me that if you're in a dressing room and there's some funny stuff going on, surely to Christ you're going to know.

"I think if you look at the history of people who have been pinged with corruption charges, not much of it has come from cricket. Not much of it has come from the anti-corruption unit. Most of it has come from television stings, newspaper stings."

BCCI runs world cricket - Steve Waugh

Chappell called for a zero-tolerance approach to fixing from the game's administrators, including bans for players suspected of corruption, regardless of whether such suspicions would hold up in court. Although he echoed Rahul Dravid's recent comments that making jail time would be the most effective deterrent to players tempted into corruption, he said cricket-based punishments were just as important.

"I think if cricket is going to rely on prosecuting these guys in court, you're going to catch about one every hundred years. It's damn near impossible," he said. "Cricket has to have a cricket punishment, which is obviously leaving guys out of the team if they think they're dodgy, and I know that can be fraught with danger, but this is not a Marquess of Queensberry game. They're not going to play by the rules, and I don't think cricket can afford to.

"If you look at what cricket has done, the only convictions cricket has got seem to me to be very, very soft targets. I don't think that all the people, all the players, mixed up in this are all soft targets."

Chappell said the only way for the game to deal with corruption and its other problems was through strong, impartial leadership at ICC level and through the national boards. But he believed the game's administrators had shown themselves to be too weak and self-interested to look beyond the bottom line of profit.

"The game needs strong leadership, both on and off the field," he said. "It's quite fashionable in recent times to blame India for arrogance in their administration, and I would have to say that I agree with those feelings. But equally, I feel that the rest of the countries, particularly the major nations, are equally to blame, because none of them have stood up to India, and if you're not going to stand up to India, then I don't think you can criticise India for the way they are administering the game.

"I think what the game needs is some strong and impartial leadership, and at the moment I think what it's getting is weak and self-interested leadership. Is it a game or is it a business? It needs a happy balance. It needs to take the middle ground somewhere."

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Posted by sysubrceq0 on (November 20, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

@Clavers - In last 4 years, IND visited twice, so did Sri Lanka. Pakistan visited this year and played tests too. You mean virtual civil war is for only AUS & ENG? If they fear so much then why dont they arrange a series in neutral ground or invite to home country? Those are excuses for not getting ($$) sponsoring to tour ZIM.

Posted by vkkhkg on (November 20, 2013, 15:57 GMT)

The old cricket guys do indulge in these school boy debates as Ian Chappel has done now or continues to do. How relevant his debate is or does it carry much weight, I really don't lnow. He hs lost lot of value over years due to his talking too much. Then most of these guys are so much covered in nationality feeling due to their playing career, they become unbeliavable. When Australians were caught accepting money fr information, they played it cool an set a precedent. They do not really set god examples or are considered fair and relevant.

Posted by Sathyasing on (November 20, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

Its not about sports and business but there are politics and dynamics which is dominant.It exists across the sports ,nation and in every field .But people need to ask and workout on the following. ,Does ethics exist ?or neutral body and watchdog system exists?

Posted by creekeetman on (November 20, 2013, 10:45 GMT)

"weak, self interested, arrogant"..... Spot on!!

Posted by seshu_seshu on (November 20, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

BCCI is not stopping all test playing nations to tour countries like Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Recently India toured Zimbabwe......Aus came to India for what??? They would have went to bangladesh.... Ian Chappel's views are correct. Australia talk but can they do?

Posted by Capitalist on (November 20, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

Ha Ha , this looks a BCCI Bashathon. Ian Chappel talking about Cricket as a Business, wasn't he the captain that joined Packer Series for More Money?

Posted by vxttemp on (November 20, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

@latecut_04: Dude, forget about the past(we knew who ruled most of the world in late 1800s and early 19th century), Has chappell tried to improve the technique of any player from any so called weak nation? This is not completely expected, Recently he was not allowed as a commentator in the recent series in India :-) Instead of talking all of this, Mike and Chappell can go and coach for the so called poor nations which will improve cricketing skills.

Posted by arnav.c on (November 20, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

Its so fashionable to blame the BCCI for every ill that plague cricket. Did BCCI invent ODI or T20 or professional cricket or the Packer Series..? They just marketed it better, invested in infrastructure which produced a generation of top class cricketers which led to exciting cricket that people pays money to watch. Does anyone for a moment think the Indian public would pay money and watch cricket or advertisers put money in the game, if the Indian team was not doing well??? The BCCI for all its issues , has invested in Indian cricket..look at all the players coming from rural areas now playing for India. Its unthinkable players of the class of Sehwag, Gambhir, Zaheer and Harbhajan are not in the test squad. T20 was blamed for the poor WI shows..But India plays more T20 then anyone..

Is it wrong for BCCI to look primarily after welfare of Indian cricket? After all what this England and Australia did for cricket when they were dominating. They even had veto in ICC.!!!

Posted by vxttemp on (November 20, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

Forget about everything. Just one plain question to both Chappell and Artherton. How many poor people they have helped in their entire life? I'm not asking about financial help. Have they ever even thought of visiting a nation like Afganistan or any other country and help them in bowling or batting techniques.

Posted by latecut_04 on (November 20, 2013, 7:50 GMT)

I wasn't even born when ACA and ECB were ruling global cricket but I fully agree with Ian's comments here.Especially he needs to be commented for mentioning the muted response of other cricket boards for their own selfish interests.ECB would well have had a demon to deal with if the stanford Series fiasco made even a bit of sense.It is just that it was a non starter and English cricket only benefitted from its fast death.BCCI could have shown a model to the rest of the world(not only cricket)regarding what should be the ideal actions of the most powerful governing body.Instead it is governed by selfish,money driven interests of a few corporates.Two wrongs don't make a right and if BCCI is all set to return what ACA and ECB did then there would be no test cricket.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

Well said Ian Chappell, although the part about banning players on evidence that wouldn't hold up in court is a bit wrong headed. The ICC needed to adopt the Woolf Report rather than ignore it. We need Ten competitive test teams, a clear roadmap for Ireland and others to follow to allow them to be promoted to test status, a balanced FTP with a balance between the three formats as well as the number of matches each country plays, a fair means of distributing funding between all 106 ICC members, a 16 team World Cup (2 groups of 8, 7 matches each then quarters, semis and final) and a 20 team World T20 (4 groups of 5, 4 matches each then quarters, semis and final). But for all these things to happen we need some visionary leadership from the BCCI and the other 9 test nations, not the current blinkered self-interest which Ian Chappell has highlighted.

Posted by Beertjie on (November 20, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

Different strokes for different folks with respect to the different ways cricket is administered in various test-playing countries. Nevertheless Chappelli has a point: "If you're not going to stand up to India, then I don't think you can criticise India for the way they are administering the game." Spoken like the rough diamond he is. Agree totally, @Guthers007 on (November 19, 2013, 13:04 GMT).

Posted by Clavers on (November 20, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

@sysubrce90, Australian and England have not been touring Zimbabwe because the place is not safe; it is in a state of virtual civil war. Other test countries should not be touring there either.

Posted by sulie786 on (November 20, 2013, 6:57 GMT)

Ian Chappell is ofcourse correct and i agree with his views however it is not that easy for one board alone to take on the BCCI. CSA chose to chose there own their leader despite hints from BCCI on the result was a curtailed tour. The truth is this tour was badly needed cash flow to allow SA to host the smaller nations NZ WI SL etc because they make a loss when those teams visit. i believe if the other boards present a unified front they can break the BCCI's hold on the game. the curtailed tour is an old story no but the reality is it does not only affect CSA but also other cricketing nations. or else we could have a scenario where CSA would not be able to host smaller nations. i however must commend Pakistan who despite there own troubles (legal battles) and not hosting home matches, for stepping in at a moments notice to fill the gap so that cricket can be played.

Posted by CricLover316 on (November 20, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

@sysubrceq0- Bang on !! It seems it has become "Cool" to blame BCCI for everything. More so for DRS. Making a big deal out of it. The best example of DRS Disaster was the Ashes Series earlier this year. BCCI,like every other nation has the right to use or not to use DRS. Using DRS or not, will in no way,stop the Progress of the game.Regarding other boards, Ask CSA, why was Du plesis let off so lightly ? If it was an Asian player, things would have been different. Ask ECB Regarding the "Pissgate", that was very classy. Thats never been done before. Way to celebrate. All teams should start doing that and their boards will support them. SLCB cancelling a Home tour with SA for a Local tournament and they come complaining that they dont play enough Test cricket.

Posted by Harmony111 on (November 20, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

What exactly has BCCI done that needs to be stood against? Opposition to DRS? Lol cos even its original supports are not with DRS anymore. Aus themselves have removed Hot Spot from this Ashes, SA-Pak played in the prev series with no Hot Spot & so did SL.

Is IPL bad? Then why is there Big Bash & Friends T20? Who conceived IPL?

Chappell says players should be banned or not picked any more on pure suspicions even if these are not going to stand in the court and some people here are saying Well Said Chappell. Such a policy will ruin many many players cos it is quite easy for some groups to show some player in poor light.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2013, 6:31 GMT)

I have to agree largely with Ian. Australia are notably short of test batsmen, however more worrying is the fact that 90% of the current test batsmen worldwide are about to retire over the next few years ... and there's nothing like them coming up?? Most of the current test batsmen are between low 30's and late 30's. That equals about 12 -15 years of slogging batters! Certainly not elegant stroke players of the "bad" balls. I agree the money, naive party crowds, administrations and the manipulation of pitches & rules towards the batmen of the T20 format is detrimental to the basic traditions of the game of cricket.

If the administrators and cricket icons don't do something really "crowd pulling" soon ... The next generation will say "Can you believe that our grandparents used to play this game over 5 days and some players used to get hundreds of runs in one game! Wow!"

Posted by   on (November 20, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

Based on what is reported here, Ian Chappell has not said anything new. The commercialization of cricket began in England with the professional players system. The misuse of power started with the veto power that England and Australia enjoyed. The apartheid policy of SA was not met head on by either of these two super powers but on the other hand brazenly abetted by them until a liberal politician in UK took on the establishment in 1970 during the D'Oliviera episode. Chappell has ignored those seeds of malady and even the Packer's series that began the vice like grip that big business and media started to have on cricket. The DRS technology which is half baked is foisted on all and innuendos on Sachin have been uncharitably passed orchestrated by the articulate western media with global reach. Instead of finger pointing which leads us nowhere, one expected Ian Chappell to use the occasion to come up with practical ideas the just exhortations. Has he got any original practical ideas?

Posted by sysubrceq0 on (November 20, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

@lugujaga - How DRS came into this topic? Every board has right to their opinion, DRS is not stopping cricket to be globalized. Ask Chappell, why AUS & ENG did not tour ZIM from more than a decade? How can cricket Globalized when ENG & AUS playing together 10 tests in the span of 10 Months? Why SLCB cancelled SA test tour for SLPL? How BD, NZ, WI, IRE, & ZIM can improve when there is no FTP set for those countries? At least they should play among them a lot but these countries hardly play 5 test matches a year. Stop blaming BCCI for everything, they do equally good to Indian cricket.

Posted by TheOnlyEmperor on (November 20, 2013, 5:47 GMT)

Australia and NZ invariably have acted as vassal states of England in matters pertaining to cricket administration all these years, when they did precious little to improve matters. Even today, Ireland loses its talented cricketers to England, but what does England do to prevent that and help Ireland become a cricketing nation in its own right? Nothing! Even China has built stadiums in the West Indies! The truth is that England and Australia, envy India's rise to power as a cricket nation and it is unpalatable to them. These 2 countries for long had been responsible for holding on to power through unfair means ( making their own vote at the decision making table equal to 2 votes!). Till India came into cricket administration, the game was seen and touted as a dying game by every self proclaimed cricket expert and commentator. Today, they want an EQUAL share of the profits! Wow! Such bare faced hypocrisy!

Posted by seshu_seshu on (November 20, 2013, 5:01 GMT)

Every Cricketing nation has right to say their opinion on DRS. Questioning BCCI's stand on DRS from time to time will not hide the flaws in DRS. We have a few teams that dominated cricket for decades and do nothing for the game...

Posted by DwightR on (November 20, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

bang on assessment of the game, of all the major global sports cricket is by far the worst administered. the issues of the scheduling of non-stop series with no context across 3 formats, the rampant match-fixing, the disparity in test nations, the lack of expansion of the sport-cricket is one of the oldest sports in the world and only properly established in 10 countries!? (Ireland still waiting); "the resistance of progress" is the best way to describe the ICC and its entire structure should be changed to make the ICC a governing body independent of the country boards...

Posted by venkatesh018 on (November 20, 2013, 4:39 GMT)

An outburst straight from the heart as usual by Chappelly. He is absolutely right when he says that the major cricket boards are as guilty in ruining this game as India is.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2013, 4:19 GMT)

Cricket's popularity is certainly on a downhill. India cannot be seen as the torch bearer for cricket as Indians have traditionally been followers rather than leaders. With football/soccer consuming the world, India's switch to that game in inevitable. The shift has already started. For the game to survive, ICC must look at strengthening the system in Australia, England and South Africa. I am sure these nations will be better missionaries. At the same time, for cricket's sake BCCI must clean its image and hand over more responsibility to the credible "big four". I am optimistic but what I observer here doesn't encourage. Hope passionate ex-cricketers move on from mud slinging and revive the game.

Posted by Gurudumu on (November 20, 2013, 2:43 GMT)

Other than India, SA, Eng and Aus, which other nation is working towards cricket surviving into the future? I'm not saying these four are not interested in the bottom line, but they also have an eye for making cricket a sustainable sporting extravaganza. Agreed, BCCI has not cast India in good light but then why are the other nations kow towing to its bullying? All are culpable and all the boards need to remove the log from their eyes and administer cricket for all cricket lovers. Should they fail to act and live in the intoxicated atmosphere of T20 and its spoils, then cricket as we know it is heading for oblivion.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2013, 2:28 GMT)

Atherton maybe sharing of profits thoughts should have come few decades earlier :)

Posted by   on (November 20, 2013, 2:26 GMT)

The thing that is killing cricket is T20. I know I'm gonna get a lot of hate for this, but it's true. Test Matches are dying because of the shorter format. T20 encourages players to be impatient and restless instead of being able to hold out for a long time in a test match. T20 leagues like The IPL are offering the incentive of millions. And money should have NOTHING to do with cricket. Our current generation of cricketers are greedy beyond belief (not all thankfully). A good example is Australia's test batting. Compared to their ODI and T20 batting, it's pathetic. Their best batsman, CLARKE, is a test specialist. And that's why he's their best. Because he doesn't get impatient after ten overs. A good test batsman is patient and has the ability to make a bowling attack grind to a halt.

Posted by lugujaga on (November 20, 2013, 2:05 GMT)

I agree with Ian .How is it only India not following the ICC rules as far as the DRS is concerned. The BCCI is not only arrogant but bullying and self serving.However, all the other Boards are scared of confronting the BCCI because they want to make big bucks in India.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2013, 2:04 GMT)

Why bash the BCCI, Chappelli ? There is no better example of a weak, self interested cricket board than Cricket Australia. The domestic game is dying, the sport of cricket is dying in the school system, it is nigh impossible to get tickets to a home Ashes test and the national TV broadcaster , your employer, is doing its best to kill the domestic competition.

Posted by rivernile on (November 20, 2013, 2:01 GMT)

Zimbabwe has played some excellent cricket. They really should play more and same goes for Bangladesh. ICC please do something! Please take back the scheduling of matches.

Posted by Happy_hamster on (November 20, 2013, 1:04 GMT)

indianzen on (November 19, 2013, 17:20 GMT) What a well thought out and balanced comment, everyone is jealous of India.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2013, 0:10 GMT)

Those readers in their 20's & 30's (even in their 40's) may not know this. Chappell & Atherton belong to two erstwhile powers in the Crcketing world. When both their countries had the veto power, they not only behaved the same way BCCI is behaving in recent years (flexing their muscles), but did everything (some actions overtly, and some covertly) to retard the spread of the game in "lesser" countries. Great players from those "lesser" countries just moved to English county cricket, to get decent opportunities. (Like the top Irish players are doing now)

I am trying to access the relevant news stories from the local British Council where I live, but unfortunately, they don't have the news-papers from that era in their archives. I am searching for them elsewhere; and as soon as I can find them shall write it up and mail to Cricinfo! (Of course Ian & Athers were NOT responsible for those bullying tactics of their countries in THAT powerful era.) With respects to both these greats.

Posted by Malediction on (November 19, 2013, 23:50 GMT)

@frankdaud: "NOW thanks to India, not only cricketers make money" what is this rubbish? Cricketers are now professionals, and earn a good living because of the stand Ian Chappell and Tony Greig took in the 1970s. Ian in particular stood up to Don Bradman of all people (then representing the ABC), and fought for players to be paid their fair share. One day cricket, professionalism and money came out of a handful of players fighting for what they deserved, with Kerry Packer's backing (he foresaw enormous profit, and he wasn't wrong).

Posted by dunger.bob on (November 19, 2013, 22:57 GMT)

You can always rely on Ian to say exactly what he thinks. People don't realise it but he's a great man of cricket. He's one bloke who actually cares about the game more than money or politics. He's course, he's forthright and he upsets people but you can at least be sure that if he's says something it's what he really thinks.

One thing I simply don't get is what some posters on here mean when they say that England and Australia ran the game into the ground. I also see references to historical wrong doings from hundreds of years ago. What the hell! .. There are plenty of people around who need to get over things, but it ain't us or the Poms.

Posted by jimmy787 on (November 19, 2013, 22:31 GMT)

I think the last point sums it up: Is it a game or is it a business?

While the bottom line is important, there is no doubt that the bottom line has become the be all and end all these days, at the expense of the game itself.

Because the BCCI preside over a country with the largest population, which translates to the largest revenue base, the other nations have become heavily reliant on BCCI for their share. The result? Business ahead of game.

Having an ICC that lacks leadership and impartiality hurts the game badly. Presently, the ICC are representatives of the member nations, who serve their own purposes. The result? Business ahead of game.

You have to fix things at the top before they can filter through the system. At the moment the game isn't being run properly from the top. While I have no doubt that Dave Richardson and others have the best interests of the game at heart, the structure of the ICC makes them incapable of finding real solutions. The result? You guessed it...

Posted by gsingh7 on (November 19, 2013, 22:25 GMT)

where was chapalli when ecb and ca were top of game? now bcci rules the roost and he is crying wolf. sour grapes all around. fact is his own team aus is one of the weakest of test nations and he alongside many commentators cannot digest the fact that bcci is raking in millions and ruling world cricket. i guess icc wud be more than happy to listen to bcci since 70% of revenues comes from bcci. long may bcci dominance continue.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (November 19, 2013, 21:43 GMT)

@DangerousDevils, you make a valid point. As an Indian, I feel BCCI is misusing its powers, no question about that. Politics has made its way into the sport in India, and this serves no one good. But, why no one raised this issue when ENG and AUS were at the helm of the cricketing world. If the governing authority lies either in the hands of ENG or AUS I am sure everyone is happy. Yes,with POWER comes responsibility and I cannot say BCCI is doing a good job of it. Most of the bickering is all due to wrong reasons as they cannot stand INDIA controlling things). But then which board can generate revenue like we do. @Nawaz Ahmed, India is not the problem. We have a cricketing board, unlike in PAK. I am sure if PCB was in BCCI's position it would have behaved in the same way.

Posted by chechong0114 on (November 19, 2013, 21:19 GMT)

When will revenue and the eradication of all these empty seats at cricket matches become a priority for cricket administrators, do these people ever wonder why there is corruption in the sport in the first place, when u look at the average salary of a professional cricket player compared to that of maybe a soccer player or golf player the issue is so lopsisde yet the sport of cricket is bent and determined to continue to punish and torment cricketers at every opportunity it gets. I read an article a few days ago about Sri Lanka cricket being in heavy debt, New Zealand cricket made an announcement recently that they could not pay their international players for the 2013 season till 2014, Pakistan cricket is in crisis, Zimbabwe and WI right behind yet all they can put their focus and energy on is to judge, condemn and destroy the poor players. I often wonder if these men really care about the sport of if they are just jealous that things are better now financially than when they played.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2013, 20:28 GMT)

What does standing up against India mean? It means financial losses in Millions. SA are still counting. Ian can say his heart cos is is not in a position that demands delivering results. Making runs and making money are not related even in the Cricket world. Players don't play for free and boards are set up to make money. This set up was done by Australia and England years back. When ICC was created, if the rules of engagement were set up in a way that no one board can rule, BCCI would not be powerful today. Ian please see the reality of the world we live in today before talking of moral rights.

Posted by jb633 on (November 19, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

Yeah I agree with you 100 %. As a cricket fan of the last 15 years I have never seen the game as a whole in such a precarious position. The standard of more than half the sides is simply not good enough and there are too many one sided games. Not to pick on the WI but look at their series against India, there was simply no contest. Excluding India I have seen barely any young batsmen coming through who look the real deal. I don't mean just slogging in a T20 but playing proper cricket. Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zeland and WI have all gone back so far it's scary. I believe the way cricket is being run is not allowing for players to learn anything from a tour. Constantly changing between formats is killing the art of batting and from what I can see we only really have 4 nations who seem to be making any effort to address the problem.

Posted by brainvin on (November 19, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

The true God of Cricket- Ian Chappell

Posted by wapuser on (November 19, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

They should try to develop cricket by incorporating 20/20. Look at USA NBA basketball. It is so popular even if its domestic. Basketball is getting more and more popular. Who wants to watch Test match. It's so boring.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

so so true

Posted by   on (November 19, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

100% spot on Chappellii !!

Posted by indianzen on (November 19, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

Admit the fact that BCCI is doing good governance and administration by putting in a lot of think processes. we have got a good team, quality players, coaches and grounds. We make money and some are jealous about it and nothing else...

Posted by Viswasam on (November 19, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

It is unfortunate that although Ian is right I am not certain in the context of today's world there is such a thing as moral leadership anymore. Money drives everything and everyone and to be honest every sport has been taken over at some level by someone figuring out how to make the money work. The entire world was plunged into a miserable recession because the global banks played truant. Today almost 10 years down the road have any one of these bank CEO's been replaced by "strong, selfless" leaders? It is still my prayer that we can reverse what is happening in cricket and so I applaud Ian's forthright comments.

Posted by brainvin on (November 19, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

The only MAN in the current commentary team..

Posted by sysubrceq0 on (November 19, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

@Balaji - he is on wrong side of the business thats why his thoughts are noble, if he is with BCCI then this article should not have come to light.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

Atherton said on the same occasion in support of Chappell's theory (reported in another piece by Cricinfo):

"What happens in baseball is there's a kind of organisation jointly owned by the clubs, and internet rights are pooled together and then the profits are spread out between all the clubs, the weak clubs and the strong clubs. They're trying to create a level playing field.

Wrong example, Athers, WRONG!. This equitable distribution in baseball is done among the many clubs (of various caliber, quality and riches) in the SAME country (not ACROSS COUNTRIES).

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (November 19, 2013, 16:06 GMT)

first of all indian board should act for the best interest of indian cricket. Cricket would live through IPL if not by international bilateral series like american football.

Posted by frankdaud on (November 19, 2013, 16:06 GMT)

I for one agree that India is a super power in Cricket and why not!!! I remember growing up wanting to be a cricketer and my parents and people around me dissuaded me. NOW thanks to India, not only cricketers make money but it has become an institution as a source of employment. Why should India be blamed for this.....England and Australia ruled cricket administration for so long and what did they give....but they bullied world cricket just like ENGLAND ruled India for 300 years.....Get over it guys. Cricket was guilty of similar problems 40 and 50 years back. It is just no one knew because media was not around. I am optimistic Cricket is in good hands and it is always a responsibility of the administration to look and move forward...not only for the game but financially as well. That is the only way to spread cricket around the globe. GOD BLESS INDIA for doing this.

Posted by 1ofakind_testcricket on (November 19, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

Making decisions for the good of the game and not for the money is the key to cricket and the key to all good things in life that we wish to not be cheapened. Bravo Mr Chappel.

Posted by Keithnkin on (November 19, 2013, 15:28 GMT)

Finally a man with courage , dignity and integrity speaks up. You da man Ian!

Posted by couchpundit on (November 19, 2013, 15:27 GMT)

The title of the article fits Michael Clarke and Australian team. Mr.Chappell your comments are not heeded by your board...why give advise to BCCI?

Posted by Robster1 on (November 19, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

Quite right Ian Chappell. We have all been let down by the $ obsessed cricket boards - structure and context is immediately needed for the international game and most of all test cricket. The BCCI is letting everybody down.

Posted by DangerousDevils on (November 19, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

Agreed, that India has to be more responsible like Kumble said. But Why did Ian Chappel, the great Australian didn't preach or practise all this when Autralia and England were at the helm as leading cricketing nations.

To say in onething and to follow is another.

What u give is what u get

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (November 19, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

where has he gone when ECB and CA did the same to other cricketting nations?

Posted by   on (November 19, 2013, 14:59 GMT)

Ian hit the nail right. I'm afraid that in the next few years the game is going to be even difficult. The current administrators are only concerned about short term success and profits. This is a poison they have taken and unable to get rid of it. It is run by purely business people and which businessman doesn't want profit. India is a great country, but the way they administrator things should be left for critics.

Posted by bhushanB on (November 19, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

I would have loved more specifics on "India for the way they are administering the game".

Agree with Kumble when he said that India with its financial power should conduct itself with more responsibility.

Posted by IPSY on (November 19, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

Every word in Mr Chappell's piece is golden. I particularly like his thought that, if you don't stand up to the [BCCI] then don't blame them"!

Posted by   on (November 19, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

Ian u r right but ICC is not neutral with all boards specially for Pakistan if u agree please comment

Posted by sitaram58 on (November 19, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

I wish all the cricket associations in India and the BCCI would adopt a policy that in order to hold elected office in any capacity related to cricket one MUST have represented their asscoiation at the Ranji Trophy level. Would be a good way to get rid of the politicians, the chamchas and other hangers on.

Posted by Farce-Follower on (November 19, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

Though I disagree with Ian Chappell on many things, he is spot on here. The future of Test cricket is fragile. Only England, Australia, India and SA play it with some sort of purpose and plan. @Nandu Ravi : Probably you are referring to the brother, Greg.

Posted by Selassie-I on (November 19, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

As well, can't say I agree with the majority of what he says, but he's hit the nail on the head here. Way too many unanswered corruption questions in the game. The ICC needs to change forma member lead organisation to a governing body, like FIFA.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

I wish we have such brave and honest former cricketers in India would would not hesitate to point out the failings of BCCI. This might be the best period for Australian cricket. But Chappel is doing a great service by calling a spade a spade.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

Fair enough Ian pointed the root cause of the problem (india) and nations need to stand up against it very well explained.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

He is I AM ALWAYS RIGHT MAN indeed

Posted by applethief on (November 19, 2013, 14:09 GMT)

I'm all for life-bans for fixers, but sounds like Chappel's going too far. You can't have zero-tolerace based on suspicion alone. And there's nothing wrong with the burden of proof that is required in a judicial process. If anything, it's better - it needs to hold up in a court of law for it to be enough. No more of those shady closed door tribunals please, where we just here at the end who the evil villainous wretch was and who the saint is with no evidence to back it up whatsoever.

Let's not ban players based on hearsay, but evidence, Ian

Posted by   on (November 19, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

well said chapell, ..

Posted by   on (November 19, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

I'm not great fan of Ian,but regarding this issue,he is absolutely correct.

Posted by   on (November 19, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

Well said by Chappel. Though often his views are completely strange, if I can put it that way, bu this one stands out. Being an Indian and a die-hard Ganguly fan, I shouldn't be agreeing with him, still, the points he made is valid and the ones which need attention.

Posted by Guthers007 on (November 19, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

I'm not a great Ian Chappell man, because he is a "I'm always right man" and if you disagree with what he says, you are mud. However, on this occasion, I totally agree with him.

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