Greg Chappell facing financial difficulties : Chappell, who had a tumultuous tenure as the head coach of India from 2005-2007, acknowledged that he is in good health but is by no means leading a lavish lifestyle.
Greg Chappell facing financial difficulties : Cricket legend Greg Chappell has opened up about facing financial difficulties, prompting his friends to establish an online fundraising platform to improve his financial situation in his later years. Chappell, the 75-year-old former Australia captain who also served as the head coach of the Indian cricket team from 2005 to 2007, revealed that he is not living a life of luxury as one might assume due to his cricketing career.
“I’m not on the bones of my a**e,” Chappell stated to News Corp. “I certainly don’t want it to sound like we’re in desperate straits because we’re not, but we’re not living in luxury either. I think most people assume that, because we played cricket, that we are all living in the lap of luxury. While I’m certainly not crying poor, we’re not reaping in the benefits that today’s players are.”
Reluctantly, Chappell agreed to the creation of a GoFundMe page for him and a testimonial lunch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) held last week, which was hosted by Eddie McGuire and attended by cricket greats, including Ian and Trevor Chappell.
Chappell also mentioned that he is not the only player from his era who has experienced financial difficulties, despite the advancements in professional cricket since his retirement.
“It is just my friends who realized that we didn’t get a lot and just to make sure that Judy and I were comfortable in our retirement,” Chappell said. “To be fair, there are others of our era who are in more dire circumstances that could do with the help, and I don’t think the game has done enough for players of that era. Particularly in relation to the comparison with today’s era.”
“I believe the players that set the scene for what’s happening today should probably be recognized for the role they played in getting the game to where it is today,” Chappell added.
Chappell, along with Dennis Lillee and Rod Marsh, was part of the iconic trio that defected to Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket in the late 1970s. Unlike Lillee and Marsh, Chappell did not receive a fundraising testimonial at the end of his cricketing career.
Chappell’s friends expressed that he is experiencing financial challenges that are more significant than those typically faced by an Australian sporting legend. “Greg is a very proud man. He’s doing it tougher than what he says,” said Chappell’s friend Peter Maloney.
Chappell also manages the Chappell Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising funds for homelessness charities. However, the foundation ensures that every cent raised is distributed each year, and Chappell does not retain any money for himself.
“The Chappell Foundation is run by Darshak Mehta and 100 per cent of the money that is raised gets distributed,” Maloney said. “They distribute it annually so at the end of each year, they don’t leave any money, and they’re starting afresh. If you put your name to a foundation, you’re entitled to take some money out of it. But Greg hasn’t taken a cent out of it, even though he could have. I guess that was the irony that he was the face of it and turning up to every function and he’s raising all this money while he didn’t have a hell of a lot himself.”
“In conclusion, we will probably end up raising about $250,000 out of it, and it will significantly enhance his last few years,” Maloney added. Chappell is widely known for scoring 24 centuries in 87 Tests during the 1970s and 80s, leading Australia 48 times. He retired from Tests in January 1984 as the highest run-scorer (7110) in Australian Test history, surpassing Sir Donald Bradman’s record of 6996 runs.