‘Cricket Australia has to overhaul a flawed system’: Ian Chappell

Sunday, January 9, 2011

MELBOURNE - Former Australian batsman Ian Chappell has urged Cricket Australia to instigate an independent review of all cricketing bodies in the country following the 3-1 Ashes series defeat to England.

“Cricket Australia has to overhaul a flawed system that was once the envy of world cricket. A good starting point would be upgrading the selection process to ensure the system for identifying and producing future international players is strong,” Chappell wrote in an article for the Daily Telegraph.

“The selection process plays a crucial role in identifying cricketers who are likely to be part of the long-term future and then giving them every opportunity to succeed,” he added.

The 67-year-old further said that the selectors should now go back to the basics and select quality players from the Sheffield Shield.

“After losing three Tests to England by an innings, the Australian cricket team is like a lift on the bottom floor; it only has one way to go. But major improvement won’t come until the Sheffield Shield competition once again becomes a great nursery,” Chappell wrote.

“CA has followed the advice of boffins for too long, now it’s time to return to doing the things that produce good, strong-minded cricketers. That means youngsters regularly playing tough cricket against strong opponents,” he added. (ANI)

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