Greg Chappell says Indian team not interested in Test cricket

Greg Chappell has once again created controversy by saying that Test cricket was “too hard” for most of the Indian players. Chappell, who parted ways with the team on a bitter note in 2007 after a tumultuous term of two years, felt that the team was not “really interested in Test cricket” during the series against Australia recently which was a disaster for India, says a report in The Times Of India.

At a promotional event for his book, Fierce Focus, in Adelaide, the Aussie batting great was reported as saying, “It was obvious from the start of the tour that the Indians weren't really interested in Test cricket. After the Australians showed that they were going to be a formidable foe, I was very disappointed with the Indians. And having worked with many of them and having been in the dressing room with them, Test cricket was too hard for most of them. They can only make a lot of money playing 20-over cricket. Fifty-over cricket they can sort of put up with.”

Chappell, while saying that to stay healthy Test cricket needed a strong India to, added, “Test cricket for a lot of subcontinent teams, I think is pretty tough. And the challenge for Test cricket is, without the sort of grounding that we (Australians) had as kids, Test cricket is too hard. It's very demanding mentally, physically and emotionally,” says the report.

Meanwhile, India team might have been routed 0-4 by Australia in the Test rubber and failed to make the finals of the tri-series Down Under, but the Cricket Board (BCCI) has kept the base price for home international games in the new broadcast rights to be bid for, at a slightly higher level.

According to The Indian Express report, the BCCI's Marketing Committee, which met here today, has kept the base price at Rs 31.25 crore plus one crore (Rs 32.25 crore) per international game for A category and Rs 33 crore plus one crore (Rs 34 crore) per game for B category. The base price of games will be declared in the tender, for which advertisements are to be given on March 10.

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