Former Australian Cricketer Declines ESPN Commentating Role, Cites BCCI Restrictions
Former Australia cricket captain Ian Chappell "declined the offer from host broadcaster ESPN" for commentating in the limited overs series between Australia and India, refusing to accept the Board of Control for Cricket in India's terms and conditions, according to Firoz Mirza of the HINDUSTAN TIMES. Chappell said in an email, "I was invited by ESPN 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. I emailed back to ask what these restrictions were and was told; I couldn't talk about Indian selection, DRS or administrative matters. I responded saying I didn't feel I could do my job properly under those circumstances and therefore declined the offer." Former Australian cricketer Mathew Hayden "is said to have replaced him." According to the diktat of the Board, commentators "must not criticise the India team selection, its opposition of the Decision Review System or speak on the Board’s administrative matters" (HINDUSTAN TIMES, 10/8).