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Ganguly 0, Chappell 0, and no penalty shootout

Submitted by rickeyre on September 28, 2005 - 1:35pm

It's the feud so big that Australia's home of cricket, SBS Television, made it the subject of their daily poll on tonight's sports news program. And it reached the only probable conclusion in Mumbai this afternoon. A huge rug has been dragged out, and thrown on top of the whole mess. It must look a real sight in the foyer at Maison de BCCI, as well as being a candidate for the World's Lumpiest Carpet.

Saurav Ganguly and Greg Chappell have kissed, made up, and are now living happily ever after. Till the next time.

Here is PTI's report on the outcome of today's meeting of the BCCI Review Committee. But let's step back to an event earlier in the day, as reported by Indian Express and Indo-Asian News Service. Why, pray tell, is one of the parties under review having a private discussion with one of the members of the committee conducting said review an hour before the Review Committee is due to meet?

Well, no... the question is not why Ganguly and Dalmiya were having a pre-meeting meeting. The question is how the hell are they allowed to get away with it again and again?

I don't think there are any good guys in this fracas, but I do have three questions to ask:

  1. Will Chappell, or any future Indian coach, ever be able to make frank assessments of his players in confidence without having them cast into the public domain?
  2. What is the relationship between Chappell and Rahul Dravid?
  3. How was Greg Chappell appointed as Indian national team coach on the strength of his experience, the pinnacle of which was a couple of unspectacular years in charge of the South Australian team?

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