Melbourne: Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has slammed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for “muzzling” commentators over the controversial Decision Review System (DRS) and said he won’t be working under the terms of BCCI during the seven-match ODI series between India and Australia starting Sunday.
The BCCI has laid down three conditions and one of them bars the commentators from speaking a word about the DRS. The BCCI has asked the commentators of its production unit like Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan and Matthew Hayden to not utter a word on DRS, selection procedure in India and the administration.
Commentators working for Star Sports, including Harsha Bhogle, Sourav Ganguly and Shane Warne, are also subject to BCCI restrictions.
A stalwart of Channel Nine’s commentary team, Ian Chappell, himself, feels DRS as a “load of rubbish” but he said he would not work under the terms of the BCCI. “I can’t do my job properly under those circumstances,” Chappell was quoted as saying in an Australian daily.
“In the studio for Nine [during the Ashes], I made a number of comments about the DRS and what a load of rubbish I thought it was. I’m even more convinced that after the Ashes.”