Ian Chappell has resigned from his roles at the Melbourne Stars, venting his anger with Cricket Australia for failing to defend the club against allegations of salary cap rorting.
Chappell, the former Australian Test captain, was chairman of selectors for the Stars and sat on the board of the Big Bash League team.
In a letter to chairman Eddie McGuire, he said the decision to step down from both positions was for personal reasons that had nothing to do with the Stars, but that he could “never, ever forgive” CA for its silence after Hobart wicketkeeper Tim Paine claimed on radio that the Stars operated under a different salary cap from the rest of the competition.
Paine later apologised, saying his comments were "non-factual and were a poorly chosen, light-hearted remark".
Chappell expressed anger that despite the myriad code-of-conduct breaches in domestic cricket this season - the most bizarre was the suspension of South Australian paceman Dan Worrall for scratching an image of a penis and testicles onto a pitch during a second XI game - Paine was not disciplined for his comments. Chappell also said Stars chief executive Clint Cooper had called on CA, who held all the paperwork on player contracts, to defend the Stars' integrity.
"When Tim Paine came out and accused the Stars of rorting the salary cap, for me that was a slight on the whole club but in particular Clint, who does all the negotiating and is a good part of the reason why the Stars have such a good list," Chappell said.
"Here is a form of the game that Cricket Australia have invested very heavily in and a big part of their future is dependent on the BBL. Here is one of their major teams and more successful teams being accused of rorting the salary cap. One, Tim Paine wasn’t even cited let alone suspended. And two, not one word from Cricket Australia to defend their product and one of the clubs playing a very important role in it. As I said in my letter, I can never, ever forgive Cricket Australia for that."
The fancied Stars won all eight pool games but crashed out in a semi-final, in which Paine guided Hobart to victory with 65 from 52 balls.
Meantime, the Stars' board has extended the contract of coach Greg Shipperd for next season.