SYDNEY: Australian selector and former Test captain Greg Chappel is severing all official ties with cricket because of his dissatisfaction with the way the game is being run in this country, it was reported here.

 The Sydney Morning Herald said Chapel, 39, would not seek reappointment to the Australian Cricket Board or as a Test selector and would sever his association and would. +7.” sever his association with the Queens land Cricket Association.

“The system really has its faults”, the newspaper quoted Chappel as saying.

“Perhaps by me stepping back some people will be able to see the extent of the problems’.

The Sydney Morning Heralad said Chappel felt he had been beaten into submission by an archaic system and had vowed to remove himself from the game unless there was a substantial change in its structure and mentality.

“I would like to think I would be able to return to it one day, but at the moment that seems improbable”, Chappel said.

Chappell’s decision is a blow to the cricket establishment as Chappel was widely seen as a future chairman of the Australian Cricket Board.

Current Australian Test Captain Allan Border was quoted as saying from England where he is playing county cricket for Essex that Chappel’s departure would leave a “huge gap”.

Article extracted from this publication >> July 8, 1988