The "Reporting late to work" scandal

The breach
Greg Chappell wanted his team to assemble in Mumbai early on Monday. But some of them reported late. The skipper was the worst of the offenders.
Rediff - The BCCI had earlier scheduled the media briefing for 1800 IST, but it was later changed to 2100 IST as Ganguly had not yet reached Mumbai. It finally started at 2130 with Chappell and physio John Gloster addressing the gathering. Ganguly was conspicuous by his absence. In fact, while Chappell, Gloster, trainer Gregory Allen King and bio-mechanics expert Ian Frazer sported India blazers, Ganguly, who addressed the media at 10 pm, was surprisingly casually attired. And, needless to say, the India skipper did not even care to apologise for his unpunctuality.


The umbrage
Greg Chappell was definitely not pleased and he definitely did not try to hide his feelings about the whole thing. He was visibly upset and so was his support staff.
The Hindu - Not for a moment was Chappell and the support staff cheerful. He even staged a walk-out, briefly, requesting Prof. Shetty to ask the posse of photographers and camera crew to move to the back of the room and to bring in a semblance of order. Thereafter Chappell's answers were curt.


The redress
There were quite a few reports about this and the BCCI had to make some sort of statement (some sort of redressal) about the fiasco. The BCCI secretary finally came out and finally said it.
The Indian Express - "The board is not happy with the (casual) attitude of some players. We are seriously thinking how to set this right,” said Board secretary S K Nair. According to the board’s instructions to the players, they were scheduled to check into the hotel near the airport’s international terminal before mid-day, but some players arrived much later than that.


The vindication
The coach was not happy. Scathing reports were out. The BCCI had made its statement. Now someone had to make a case for the captain. Who better than the good old guys at Telegraph (aka the Ganguly camp). They always do know the real facts. Don't they?
The Telegraph - It was learnt that captain Sourav Ganguly was not informed about a pre-departure press conference at 6 pm in Mumbai on Monday, so he planned accordingly and landed around 9 pm.

So it was just a classic case of simple misinformation. Really? We get it now. It was much ado about nothing. Thanks for keeping us in the wake.

Update - So, it was the wife.

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