great and sports commentator
Michael Chappell (born September 26, 1943 in Unley,
South Australia) is a former Australian cricket player.
He is a grandson of the famous Victor Richardson (after
whom the main gates at the Adelaide Oval are named)
and the eldest of three brothers, the others being
Greg and Trevor.
Chappell was on the board of directors for Com Tech
(later Dimension Data Australia) for several years,
a successful marketing exercise for the company.
retirement from International and first class cricket
Ian became a commentator. Australians hear him most
often on Channel Nine during the International cricket
telecasts. He also hosted the show Wide World of Sports
with Mike Gibson during the 1980s (and was subsequently
parodied by The 12th Man.
for his cricket he is widely regarded as one of the
most successful captains of the Australian Test team,
with the team never losing a series during his captaincy.
He is considered instrumental in the formation of
the Kerry Packer endorsed World Series Cricket in
the 1970s. Along with his brother Greg he was part
of, and led, one of the most successful teams to grace
the field. Though not many would agree that "grace"
correctly describes the way they handled themselves,
although Chappell himself strongly refutes the way
the media labelled his sides "Ugly Australians".
from International cricket in 1980, Ian played 75
Tests and only 16 One-day Internationals. Debuting
in 1964, his career spanned 17 years. He was named
as one of the Wisden cricketers of the year in 1976
and inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame
in 2003. (Credit: