Former Australia Captain Ian Chappell Ends 45-Year Commentary Career | Cricket News

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Former Australia captain Ian Chappell has determined to carry down curtain on his 45-year-old commentary profession. The 78-year-old Chappell was recognized for giving his views democratically and he was admired everywhere in the world for his incisive views. Chappell confirmed to Sydney Morning Herald that he was desirous about retiring from commentary for a really very long time. “I remember the day when I knew I’d had enough of playing cricket. I looked at the clock and it was five past 11 on a day of play and I thought, ‘S**t, if you’re clock-watching at that time, I have to go’,” said Chappell, as reported by ESPNcricinfo.

“So when it comes to commentary, I’ve been thinking about it. I had a minor stroke a few years back and I got off lucky. But it just makes everything harder. And I just thought with all the travel and, you know, walking upstairs and things like that, it’s all just going to get harder. Then I read what Rabbits [legendary rugby league commentator Ray Warren] said with retirement and it really struck home when I read the bit where he said, ‘you’re always one sentence closer to making a mistake’,” he added.

Chappell had determined to do commentary after retiring from worldwide cricket. He had performed 75 Exams for Australia, out of which 30 have been as captain. Chappell had been part of adorned Channel 9 broadcast group comprising Richie Benaud, Invoice Lawry and Tony Greig.


“Kerry [Packer, the media mogul who owned Channel Nine] wanted to sack me a couple of times. He used to get the s***s about one-day cricket, because that was his baby. And I might have said something about one-day cricket. With Kerry it was just like a storm – you’d let it blow over till the next one came,” mentioned Chappell.

“It’s up to other people to decide what they think of me and some will think I’ve been all right. Some will think I’ve been a pr**k. That doesn’t bother me one bit,” he added.

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