<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="India vs Australia 2013: Ian Chappell rejects commentary offer due to strict BCCI guidelines" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130731120941.jpg" title="India vs Australia 2013: Ian Chappell rejects commentary offer due to strict BCCI guidelines" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Ian Chappell refused to follow BCCI policy for commentators © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Oct 8, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Former <a href="/tags/Australia/post" target="_blank">Australia </a>captain and commentator <a href="/tags/Ian-Chappell/post" target="_blank">Ian Chappell</a> has rejected the offer of commentating in the upcoming India and Australia bilateral limited-over series for ESPN, refusing to accept the do’s and don’ts policy set by the <a href="/tags/BCCIpost" target="_blank">Board of Control for Cricket in India</a> (BCCI).<br /> <br /> According to the <em>Hindustan Times</em>, the BCCI doesn’t like criticism in any manner, and prevents the contracted commentators to speak on various topics including Indian team selection matters, the board’s stand on the <a href="/tags/DRS/post" target="_blank">Decision Review System </a>(DRS) policy and the board’s administrative matters.<br /> <br /> Chappell, known for his straight talks and unmatched insights in the game, revealed in an e-mail conversation that he refused to follow the BCCI policy.<br /> <br /> Chappell wrote, "I was invited by ESPN to do commentary. I emailed back asking who I was working for and the reply was; I was contracted by ESPN but I would be subject to BCCI restrictions."<br /> <br /> "I emailed back to ask what these restrictions were and was told; 'I couldn’t talk about Indian selection, DRS or administrative matters. I responded saying I didn’t feel I could do my job properly under those circumstances and therefore declined the offer," he added.<br /> <br /> "I’m not sure what happened with other commentators. It wasn’t a matter of being asked to sign anything — it never reached that stage," he concluded.<br /> <br /> Talking about his replacement in the commentary panel, Matthew Hayden, Chappell said he is not aware of that.<br /> <br /> The BCCI prevents the contracted commentators to speak on the matters which may bring some amount of embarrassment to itself. When the spot-fixing and betting scandal in the sixth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) came into light, the commentators did not utter a single word on the issue.<br /> <br /> Australia’s tour of India for limited-overs series starts with the one-off Twenty20 to be played at Rajkot on October 10, while the seven-match ODI series begins on October 13.