Former Australian cricket captain Greg Chappell is facing financial difficulties, prompting friends and fellow cricketers to come to his aid with a fundraising campaign. The 75-year-old has turned to a GoFundMe platform and held a testimonial lunch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to raise funds. The lunch was attended by cricket legends like Ian and Trevor Chappell, as well as other former players, and was hosted by Eddie McGuire.
Greg Chappell cricket career
Chappell, who now resides in Adelaide, is one of Australia’s most esteemed cricketers, having scored 7110 runs, including 24 centuries, in 87 Test matches before retiring in 1984. He also served as the captain of the Australian cricket team in 48 matches and is renowned as one of the game’s intellectual thinkers. He had a controversial tenure as the head coach of the Indian cricket team from 2005 to 2007.
Greg Chappell’s financial struggle
Along with his teammates, the pace great Dennis Lillee and the wicketkeeping ace Rod Marsh, Chappell was one of the leading Australian players to join Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket in the late 1970s. Unlike Lillee and Marsh, Chappell did not receive a testimonial fundraiser when he retired. Despite this, he engaged in various commercial ventures, broadcasting roles, and coaching assignments, and served as a selector for the Australian team and as a member of the Australian Cricket Board, all of which should have secured his retirement comfortably.
Greg Chappell fund raiser
However, it has been reported that business setbacks have depleted his savings. While the GoFundMe campaign has raised $72,000 so far, it is expected to provide some relief to his financial woes. Chappell emphasized that he is not in desperate straits but acknowledged that he and his family are not living in luxury either. The fundraising efforts from his friends and fellow cricketers aim to support him during this challenging period.