Mumbai: Ian Chappell has hit back at stand-in Australia skipper George Bailey for reacting to his recent column (in SUNDAY MiD DAY) which slammed Cricket Australia for sending their team for a one-day series to India at an inappropriate time.
Chappell wrote that the series was ill-timed with the Ashes around the corner, but Bailey told the media in Mumbai on Monday that the former skipper's views were irrelevant. "I don't think his comments have any bearing on the team. I don't think he has been involved with the Australian cricket team in a very, very long time. I don't think his comments have any particular relevance to this group at all."
Over the phone from Sydney yesterday, Chappell told MiD DAY: "I don't see what it has to do with my judgement -whether I am involved with the Australian team or not. My only involvement with the Australian cricket team was when I played with them. In fact, I would have thought my judgement is going to be better as an outsider than it is going to be if I am involved with the team. I think his (Bailey's) comments are nonsensical.