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Ian Chappell slams ICC for lack of vision

Australian cricket great Ian Chappell has questioned the long-term future of the game under the current ICC administration.

The former Australian captain believes Test and One Day cricket are in danger of being forgotten by the game’s governing body.

“I’m not sure the ICC ever had any vision…They’ve treated the 50 over game shabbily, and I think that’s a pity because it’s a very good game of cricket”, Chappell told Macquarie Sports Radio’s Cameron Reddin.

Chappell says T20 cricket is an excellent tool for introducing the sport into non-cricketing regions, but is taking too much attention away from other forms of the game.

“There’s a lot of administrators out there who think the game can survive on T20 alone. I tend to disagree with them. That game might survive, but I’m not sure I’d be calling it cricket. Certainly not cricket as I would define the game”, Chappell said.

Chappell also said the proliferation of rules in the One Day game was stifling the creative freedom of the captains.

“There’s got to be some strategy in the tactics”, Chappell said.

“The 50 over game is a good game of cricket. The administrators have made a bit of a nonsense of trying to beef it up.”

In relation to Test cricket, Chappell threw his weight behind the ICC’s new World Test Championship, which is set to begin after next year’s One Day World Cup.

The World Test Championship will be a global Test match league, which would see the top nine-ranked Test nations play each other over two years, with the top two teams qualifying for a Championship Final to be played at Lord’s.

Chappell hopes the Championship will help restore some faith and context to the longer form of the game, but doubts whether the ICC can actually make it work.

“They talk a good game the ICC. That’s about all they ever do. The problem is, the scheduling is such a mess now… they’ve got to start lopping tournaments or games to fit everything in”, Chappell said.

Click below to hear Ian Chappell discuss the trajectory of all forms of the game, the ICC’s failure to develop a ‘second tier’ of cricketing nations, the fate of the One Day World Cup, the upcoming World Test Championship, awarding Test match status to Ireland and Afghanistan and more.

Cameron Reddin