Ian Chappell

Ian Chappell had earlier said that Australia’s tour of India for limited-overs cricket was ill-timed © Getty Images

Oct 9, 2013

Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell hit back at the national side’s stand-in captain George Bailey after the latter rubbished the former’s comments about the tour of India being ill-timed.

“I don’t see what it has to do with my judgement -whether I am involved with the Australian team or not. My only involvement with the Australian cricket team was when I played with them. In fact, I would have thought my judgement is going to be better as an outsider than it is going to be if I am involved with the team. I think his [Bailey’s] comments are nonsensical,” Chappell said, in an interview with the Mid-Day.

“I’m making a judgement from what I see and observe as a bloke who played Test cricket for Australia. I don’t need to be told what’s going on by either the players or people around the team because they are only going to tell me stuff that to me, is irrelevant. They in fact, get too close to the situation and they can’t see it objectively. I don’t understand Bailey’s comments and I don’t think they make any sense at all.”

“I make my judgements not impaired by having to follow the party line or having to make comments favourable to the Australian cricket team. I make my comments as an impartial observer and someone of some knowledge of having played the game and commentated on it. Therefore, I would have thought my comments are probably a lot more objective than the people who get too close to the team.”