Ian Chappell criticises CA for opting for a review
Melbourne: Ian Chappell, former captain and brother of sacked selector Greg, launched a scathing attack on Cricket Australia for depending on a review to sort out the problems within the system rather finding a solution on its own.
Chairman of the selectors Andrew Hilditch and Greg lost their jobs while national coach Tim Nielsen was asked to re-apply on the recommendation of a review panel, headed by a mining company boss Don Argus.
Selection chairman role was made a full-time position and the profile of the coach has also been enhanced.
"It`s got to give you a bit of a clue when you have to hold a review to see what`s wrong with the body that`s supposed to be running cricket," Chappell said.
"That`s got to tell you where most of the problems are, surely. If you`ve got the right people in place, they see that there`s problems and start doing something about them."
Chappell felt that Australia has performed well after the retirement of several legendary players.
"I always thought Judgement Day was to come for Australia when Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath went. The fact that Australia were able to prolong their reign at the top was in part a credit to them, a credit to Ricky Ponting, and I think it was also down to the fact that there wasn`t much around to take over from them," Chappell said in an interview.
Chappell said the team can get back the confidence of the fans in the country by doing well in Sri Lanka, where they have already sealed the ODI series, and later in South Africa.
"I give them a chance in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka aren`t that good now. Take Murali out of that attack and they could struggle. I think Australia`s got a bit of a chance of winning that one.
"South Africa should beat them but we`re talking about a side that lost to New Zealand in the quarter-finals of the World Cup when the World Cup was basically there for their taking," he opined.