Ian Chappell calls time on his commentary career after 45 years

Chappell is a former Australia captain as well, playing 75 Tests and 16 ODIs.

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Former Australia captain Ian Chappell has decided to step away from the mic and has ended his days of commentating after 45 years of calling some of the memorable moments on the field. Chappell entered the commentary box towards the end of a playing career of 75 Test matches - 30 of them as captain.

He went on the become a part of a team of distinctive voices that backgrounded Channel Nine's broadcasts of Australian cricket alongside Richie Benaud, Bill Lawry, and Tony Greig for more than 30 years.

"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. 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,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Chappell enjoyed a distinctive relationship with Channel Nine but revealed that the owner of the broadcasting empire, Kerry Packer wanted to fire him more than once.

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He recalled: "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."

When asked how he would like to be remembered as a commentator, Chappell replied: "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."

Chappell has dealt with a few health issues recently the major one being a diagnosis of skin cancer.


By Jatin Sharma - 15 Aug, 2022

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