Teammates of former Australian cricket captain Greg Chappell have rallied behind the Test legend to raise money for his retirement.
Chappell, who has a Go Fund Me Page set up in his name, had a testimonial lunch at the MCG recently which was attended by some of the biggest names in the sport.
Both Rod Marsh and Dennis Lillee had similar fundraising testimonials after their playing careers were over which raised significant funds for their futures – but Chappell didn’t get one.
Chappell, who rents his home, told News Corp that he is not desperate.
‘I’m not on the bones of my arse,’ Chappell said.
‘I certainly don’t want it to sound like we are in dire straits, because we’re not – but we are not living in luxury either.
Cricket legends and celebrities have rallied behind Greg Chappell to try and give him a more comfortable retirement
Chappell (pictured after winning the World Series Cup in 1981) says he’s not in desperate straits, but 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.’
Two of the cricket legend’s friends, Peter Maloney and David Evans, explained that Chappell’s foundation has raised millions for youth homelessness charities – but the man himself is doing it tougher than he should.
‘Greg is a very proud man. He’s doing it tougher than what he says,’ Maloney said.
‘The Chappell Foundation is run by Darshak Mehta and 100 per cent of the money that is raised gets distributed. 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.
‘Put it this way, we will probably end up raising about $250,000 out of it, and it will significantly enhance his last few years.’
The Go Fund Me page, which has currently raised over $72,000, was organised as an easy pay facility for the testimonial lunch.
The former Aussie Test captain’s Go Fund Me page has already raised over $72,000
‘Normally when we do the lunches we have a pledge card and you have eftpos machines. We didn’t have time to get one set up or at least set up for one event, which would have been pretty onerous,’ Maloney said.
‘The quickest way to do it was a Go Fund Me page.’
Chappell hopes that Australian cricket might learn from his situation to better look after players from the past who didn’t make the same money like the stars of today.
‘It is just my friends who realised 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 recognised for the role they played in getting the game to where it is today.’
Chappell played 87 Test matches and captained Australia 48 times.
He retired from the sport in 1984 as the highest run-getter in Australian Test history (7,110) beating the previous record held by Sir Donald Bradman (6,996).