It was WSC which made the 50over format widely popular and led to renewed interest in cricket, and now Chappell foresees the Indian Premier League taking Twenty20 cricket to new audiences.
“I can see the day when IPL becomes a world format and we’ll have New York playing Bombay playing Beijing playing Sydney playing London,” he said.
Whichever way the game moves, Chappell said something needed to be done to ensure its survival in the Caribbean.
The West Indies has slipped a long way since it dominated the international game in the 1970s and 80s.
“The region of the West Indies has been one of the great cricket-playing regions and it would be an absolute tragedy in my view if (cricket) lost the West Indian region,” Chappell said.
“I’m hopeful that some of the work that’s being done to help West Indian cricket become strong again is successful, because they’re a very important member of the cricket family.
“It’s not going to be easy but if the will is there hopefully we can help it.” – Sapa-AP