India vs Australia: Irked by BCCI restrictions, Ian Chappell rejects commentary stint

Mathew Hayden and Shane Warne are likely to be part of a star-studded lineup of TV commentators for the T20 and ODI series starting in Rajkot on October 10.

updated: October 08, 2013 11:13 IST
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Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has rejected an offer to commentate during the upcoming India-Australia limited-overs series. According to a report, the Board of Control for Cricket in India's list of do's and don'ts for commentators is unacceptable by the 70-year-old former Australian Test skipper.

"I was invited by ESPN (the host broadcaster) to do commentary. I emailed back asking who I was working for and the reply was ...'I was contracted by ESPN but I would be subject to BCCI restrictions'," Chappell was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times.

As per BCCI diktat, on-air commentators are not allowed to talk about matters on team selection, the controversial Decision Review System or any administrative matters related to the Board. Chappell felt these restrictions would hinder his 'freedom' as a commentator.

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