Aussie cricket legend Ian Chappell slams ‘spirit of cricket’ debate – insisting that the term is ‘rubbish’

  • Ian Chappell labels spirit of cricket debate ‘rubbish’
  • Said players at fold are stupid to pick up the ball
  • Called for players to follow the laws of the game

Australian cricket icon Ian Chappell has spoken out about the recent ‘spirit of cricket’ row that has gripped the game, insisting players must follow the laws of the sport.

Two ‘barricade the pitch’ incidents have divided fans in the past week and once again raised questions about the way the sport should be played.

Under-19 World Cup star Hamza Shaikh scored one of eight balls in England’s 146-run Super Six victory in Potchefstroom when he clipped a delivery from left-arm spinner Ryan Simbi into his right boot.

He then stooped to pick up the stationary ball and slot it into the glove of wicketkeeper Ryan Kamwemba, who was up against the stumps, leading the Zimbabweans to appeal on the grounds that the act was without their consent took place.

The on-field umpires gave the youngster out, much to the dismay of cricket fans around the world.

Aussie cricket great Ian Chappell says batsmen who try to pick up or touch the ball are 'stupid'

Aussie cricket great Ian Chappell says batsmen who try to pick up or touch the ball are ‘stupid’

England player Hamza Shaikh was sent off at the Under-19 World Cup for 'obstructing the field' against Zimbabwe

England player Hamza Shaikh was sent off at the Under-19 World Cup for ‘obstructing the field’ against Zimbabwe

And a similar row erupted in Australia’s Sheffield Shield on Sunday, with NSW star Chris Green under the spotlight.

Green faced Western Australia’s Charlie Stobo and turned a delivery back to the bowler, with the pacer throwing the ball back to the stumps as the Blues batsman stood outside his field.

The ball was heading for Green’s legs and he used his bat to stop it from hitting him.

WA appealed to the umpires if it was against the rules.

According to the letter of the law, Green should have been given out for obstructing the field, but the umpires chose not to give him out.

“I don’t take note of people talking about ‘spirit of cricket’ because ‘spirit of cricket’ is rubbish to me,” Chappell said. Wide World of Sports.

‘What’s wrong with the laws of the game? If you play by the laws of the game, you don’t need the rest of the crap.

“Try another term because that’s the biggest load of balls ever written.”

Chappell also called batsmen who tried to pick up the ball during play ‘stupid’.

NSW star Chris Green not given out in the Sheffield Shield after using his bat to stop it hitting him

NSW star Chris Green not given out in the Sheffield Shield after using his bat to stop it hitting him

“Steve Waugh goes about it, ‘the spirit of cricket’, well, that’s hypocrisy if I ever heard it,” he said.

‘What’s all the fuss about a guy touching the ball (illegally)?

“If you’re stupid enough, as a batsman, to touch the ball, you deserve whatever happens to you.”