Warne disappointed with Chappell criticism

Australia

Shane Warne says he is disappointed that Ian Chappell has criticised him for the Cricket All Stars venture with Sachin Tendulkar, which will see former superstars play T20 games in the USA.

Warne and Tendulkar, together with former players like Curtly Ambrose, Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting, will play matches at baseball grounds and try to spread the game to the United States.

Chappell, who is a former Australia captain, was critical about the matches asking why would people pay to watch older cricketers.

Speaking on Cricinfo, Chappell said: "I've always thought that the reason for retiring is that you wanted to stop playing. The other thing I don't understand is why people want to watch older cricketers."

Warne thinks Chappell and everyone else should see the bigger picture in terms of tapping into the US market and spreading the game.

The 46 year-old Warne said: "I think it's a bit harsh for Chaps to say that. I would have thought he would have seen the bigger picture about spreading the game of cricket globally, and that actually we're doing a good thing if we make sure these games are fun and entertaining."

"There are a lot of people in America that have never seen some of their idols play. They've got their chance for the first time to come to the stadiums and actually see some of their heroes play.

"I think that's a very exciting thing. We're going to be putting on free coaching clinics for schools, all sorts of stuff. I think it's disappointing that Ian has that view."

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