CHAPPELL FEARS FOR TEST FUTURE

Gregg Chappell might have left his post as the coach of the Indian Cricket Team almost 5 years back now after the debacle of a first round exit 2007 World Cup but it seems that he still holds a grudge against anything and everything about Indian cricket, blasting the attitude of the team towards Test cricket in a recent interview.

The former Indian Cricket Team coach said that the Indians hardly seemed interested in playing Test cricket during their recently concluded Tour of Australia, further commenting that Test cricket is extremely hard for Indians, especially when it is played on foreign soil.

Gregg Chappell might have left his post as the coach of the Indian Cricket Team almost 5 years back now after the debacle of a first round exit 2007 World Cup but it seems that he still holds a grudge against anything and everything about Indian cricket, blasting the attitude of the team towards Test cricket in a recent interview.

The former Indian Cricket Team coach said that the Indians hardly seemed interested in playing Test cricket during their recently concluded Tour of Australia, further commenting that Test cricket is extremely hard for Indians, especially when it is played on foreign soil.

Speaking at a promotional for his book, the former Australian cricketer let his heart out in the interactive questions and answers session, most of which was spent blasting away at the Indian Cricket Team.

When asked about the Indian team’s disinterest in Tests and how it would affect the longer version of the game overall considering that the BCCI controlled almost everything in cricket, Chappell was quick to point out that he had noticed their disinterest in Tests when he was the coach of the side.

He pointed out that his time in the Indian team’s dressing room taught him a few valuable lessons: they are only interested in making money playing in the 20 over matches and even in One Day Internationals, they more or less manage to put up with it instead of excelling in it.

Sadly it looks as though test creicket is on its way out, with the latest cricket odds offering over 50/1 that the game will still be being played at the highest level in 10 years time.

Chappell also noted that Test cricket is difficult for not only India, but for almost all the teams of the subcontinent who struggle when they have to play in bouncy wickets outside their own comfort zone, making it a tough task for them and as a result, Test cricket is suffering.