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When Chappell was livid...

Calcutta: In time, Sourav Ganguly’s biggest regret may well be that he spurned the olive branch extended by Greg Chappell some five months ago.

Specifically, on the evening of September 27 ' soon after the so-called patch-up brokered by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, in Mumbai.

According to The Telegraph’s sources, Chappell invited Sourav (then still the Team India captain) for a one-on-one to clear misgivings which arose on the controversial tour of Zimbabwe.

Sourav, it seems, said he couldn’t do so straightaway as he intended taking an evening flight back to Calcutta.

Chappell felt offended and became absolutely livid on learning that Sourav changed plans, but still didn’t bother to call him.

Both were at the Taj.

“Only two people ' Sourav and I ' should have been talking that evening' Instead, he chose to ‘brief’ friends in the Media'” an incensed Chappell is understood to have told somebody close to him.

Apparently, that one incident took the Chappell-Sourav relationship beyond repair. From the coach’s side, at least.

Meanwhile, chief selector Kiran More’s wholly personal agenda got exposed yet again when he exploded at the Media conference in Vadodara.

Somebody needs to tick him off. Quickly, too.

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