Asia vs Rest tie is top attraction
German soccer coach to train youngsters in city
Alternator is no pushover

Calcutta, Dec. 31 
A star-spangled limited overs match between Asia and Rest of World will be the top attraction of the Cricket Week, from April 2-9.

According to the Week’s architect, International Cricket Council (ICC) president Jagmohan Dalmiya, the match will either be hosted by Dhaka or Sharjah, on April 8.

At the moment, the status of the match is somewhat undecided, but the possibility of it being granted one-day status is very much there. That will, of course, be an unusual first.

But, then, the Week itself has no precedent.

The two teams, incidentally, will be picked by an ICC-appointed panel of selectors. The panel is likely to be nine-strong, with each of the Test-playing nations finding representation.

The deliberations of this committee will, as of now, be telecast live. It will be beamed across the world, on all channels queuing up to be part of the Week.

The ICC will constitute another selection committee, only the teams picked by this one — the best one-day XIs of the Seventies and the present times — won’t take the field.

This selection, therefore, will largely be ceremonial, but the ICC may “honour” those shortlisted.

Talking to The Telegraph, Dalmiya revealed that the ICC will also appoint Ambassadors for Cricket, on the lines of the Unicef’s ambassadors, during the Week.

Significantly, the ICC has roped-in the United Nations (UN), too, and the UN is expected to share the limelight on Day-I of the Week.

As the Week’s idea basically is to spread awareness and target ‘new’ areas, there’s talk of a Super 8s tournament in the West Indies and Australia.

The one in the West Indies will be aimed at potential ‘converts’ in the Americas, while the one in Australia will target countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Week, conceived by Dalmiya two years ago, will be an annual affair and should the ICC make a profit, it could be diverted towards the ambitious development programme.

According to Dalmiya, who completes his three-year term in June, the ICC will be presenting three-hour programmes on the TV on all days of the Week, except April 8, when the Asia vs Rest of World match will be telecast live.

To ensure exclusivity, there won’t be simultaneous telecasts of any one programme. Towards this end, the ICC will have a joint meeting with all the channels, who will be the Week’s partners, once the package is ready.

The programmes, mind you, won’t be run-of-the-mill affairs. “It’s going to be different... There will be a classic touch,” promised Dalmiya.

Besides what is shown on the TV, all ICC members (not just the nine Test-playing nations) will be organising tournaments/programmes of their own. The exercise, though, will be co-ordinated by the ICC.

On the anvil, too, is a quiz — with the preliminary rounds on the internet and the finals on TV. It’s quite likely that the quiz will be held country-wise, featuring the nine Test-playing nations.

Modalities, however, are being worked out.

Dalmiya’s plans for a (world) Test Championship may have run into heavy weather, but the Week will still be a feather in his cap.

Indeed, before he lays down office (Australia’s Malcolm Gray will be the next president), Dalmiya may even initiate moves to introduce an annual ICC award saluting legends.

Actually, the ICC should have thought of this years ago.    

Calcutta, Dec. 31 
Juergen Mosthaf, a reputed German soccer coach who was in charge of the VFB Stuttgart youth team from 1985-93, will be in the city to train youngsters at North Calcutta Football Academy (NFCA).

Disclosing this at a press conference today, NFCA officials said that Mosthaf’s trip has been co-ordinated with the German football federation by an NRI who lives there. The German federation will be providing two-way air fare for the coach who will be arriving January 11.

The 30 boys of the Deshbandhu Park training centre will benefit from the tips of Mosthaf, who is currently the regional coach of Wuerttembergisher state clubs. Mosthaf will be in the city for 17 days.

Itika Memorial beat Bidyut Sporting 2-0 in a Calcutta women’s soccer league match today.

Enakshi Biswas opened the scoring while Shanta Dhara doubled the lead by converting a penalty.

The day’s second match was a non-starter with Rampur MS not turning up for their clash against Income Tax.

Young Russian star Marat Safin has withdrawn from the Gold Flake Open tennis championship beginning at Chennai’s Nungambakkam Stadium Monday. According to information received here, Safin has an injury.

The 19-year-old Safin was a top attraction after having had a fine year during which he won his first Tour title and made the Paris Indoor final before being stopped by Andre Agassi. Safin, who also helped Russia reach the Davis Cup semis, finished 1999 at a career high world No. 26.

The Mohun Bagan versus East Bengal National League clash at the Salt Lake Stadium Monday will be titled the ‘Coca-Cola Match of the Millenium.’ The match featuring the Big Two will also be a part of the ongoing Biswa Banga Sammelan.

The Bengal Hockey Association (BHA) today felicitated Leslie Claudius, the century’s greatest hockey player from the state. Police commissioner D.C. Vajpai, the association president, handed over the keys of a Maruti car to the former Olympian at the function this evening.

Shanker Roy and Laltu Chatterjee were joint leaders after the penultimate round of the Belur Chess Lovers Association-organised tournament being held in Liluah. Both Shanker and Laltu have 6.5 points from eight rounds. Hot on the leaders’ heels are Subhrajit Saha and Nisha Mohota (6 each), and Biswajit Roychowdhury and Punit Jaiswal (5.5 each).

Tollygunge Agragami coach Amal Dutta, who had to be admitted to a nursing home Wednesday after getting hurt in a scooter accident, was back in business today. Released from the nursing home this morning, Dutta was at the ground shortly afterward to supervise his team’s practice.

As a recognition of his efforts, Tollygunge officials presented Dutta a Maruti car

Tollygunge, currently lying second in the National League, take on JCT in the city Sunday. They have ten points from four matches, second behind Churchill Brothers who have won all four matches so far.    

Calcutta, Dec. 31 
It promises to be a great morning at the New Year’s Day races after a good night of celebrations. It also seems easy to predict if the eight-event card framed for the day is going to be a happy hunting ground for the expected turn-out or a graveyard for bookies. Favourites are, of course, going to have a bigger say at the finish. So, Cheers!

The Eveready Gold Cup takes the front seat in tomorrow’s card. The seven-horse strong field includes three highly rated outstation contenders — Allied Forces, Master Of The Rolls and Bountiful Treasure. But the local hope Alternator is no push-over. The Bharath Singh-youngster is a champion in the making and may score.

However, in The Telegraph Cup, Bharath’s ward, Allodium, may find the Darius Byramji-trainee Super Smile hard to contain. The Twist and Turn-Exultation daughter is looking much improved since her last win in the present class. Darius’ two other wards, Merano in the Eveready Heavy Duty Cup and Alsadena in the Tez Tea Calcutta Sprinters’ Trophy will take some beating.

Start your New Year with Amerrico in the 2,200m Britannia Cup. The A. Goenka-trainee is best over a trip.

Read as: Horse number, last four runs, horse name, trainer, jockey, weight & draw:

Britannia Cup 2,200m (Cl V—Rt. 00-28)

1 3044 Air Command [R. Alford] M. Narredu 60.0 4

2 - 041 Athletico [Vijay] C. Alford 58.5 6

3 0031 Amerrico [Goenka] Manohar S. 56.5 3

4 0332 Carabineer [Jaiswal] S. Bhati 54.5 5

5 - 000 Consolidate [Bharath] B. Prakash 52.5 2

6 3003 Rheinheart [Bath] S. Shanker 51.0 1

1. Amerrico (3) 2. athletico (2) 3. Consolidate (5)

Amerrico: An easy last start winner over a trip far too sharp to his liking. May win again over the galloping course. Athletico: Looking much improved but poorly placed at the weights.Consolidate: Well-prepared for a coup. Upset, if any.

Eveready Heavy Duty Cup 1200m (Cl III—Rt. 44-72)

1 3223 Sky Command [Mujeeb] Manohar S. 60.0 4

2 - - 30 Aznavour [Stephens] N. Connorton 57.5 1 3 0211 Staffordshire [Javed] B. Prakash 57.0 2

4 2101 Dancing Fire [Bharath] Md Islam 54.5 6

5 2314 Merano [D. Byramji] P. Eddery 54.0 3

6 - 110 Klondyke Rose [Rodrigues] S. Shanker 51.5 5

1. Merano (5) 2. sky command (1) 3. aznavour (2)

Merano: A speedy type. Has recently placed fourth behind Weapon Alpha who is now in top class. Sky Command: Knocking at the door. May contest the issue again. Aznavour: Has not been showing form, though well in at the weights.

Tez Tea Calcutta Sprinters’ Trophy 1,200m (Terms, 4-y-o only)

1 2321 A Million Memories [Vijay] C. Ruzaan 56.0 4

2 2114 Clarice Cliff [Bharath] B. Prakash 56.0 1

3 3124 Head Hunter [R. Alford] M. Narredu 56.0 6

4 1034 Joe The Pro [Darashah] N. Connorton 56.0 5

5 1131 Serenader [Vijay] C. Alford 56.0 2

6 4113 Alsadena [Padmanabhan] A. Kader 54.5 3

1. Alsadena (6) 2. Head hunter (3) 3. Serenader (5)

Alsadena: A speed-king, from Bangalore, tipped to win all sprint classics. Head Hunter: The donkey-work in classics may have blunted his speed. Yet may make it difficult for the classy rival. Serenader: A dark’un, not to be taken lightly

George Williamson Indian Produce Stakes 1,200m (Terms, 3-y-o only)

1 - - 41 Actress [Vijay] P. Eddery 56.0 4

2 - - -2 Aloritz [Vijay] A. Kader 52.0 1

3 - - -0 The Stud [Rodrigues] S. Shanker 52.0 3

4 - -44 Abstone Queen [R. Alford] A. Merchant 50.5 6

5 - - -3 Fame Star [Vijay] C. Alford 50.5 2

6 - - -2 Silver Toy [D. Byramji] C. Ruzaan 50.5 5

1. aloritz (2) 2. silver toy (6) 3. actress (1)

Aloritz: On the footsteps of his full sister, Allspice. May score. Silver Toy: An impressive second to Affliction. May upset. Actress: Not as good as Affliction.

The Telegraph Cup 1,400m (Cl IV,—Rt. 22-50)

1 0422 Royal Applause [R. Alford] A. Merchant 60.0 2

2 0021 Super Smile [D. Byramji] C. Ruzaan 59.5 4

3 0000 Friendly Knight [Jaiswal] S. Bhati 56.0 5

4 - - - 1 Allodium [Bharath] C. Alford 55.5 6

5 0040 Winning Hand [Javed] N. Connorton 53.0 3

6 1400 Infierno [Stephens] N. Akhtar 53.0 1

1. super smile (2) 2. allodium (4) 3. Royal Applause (1) Super Smile: A fluent winner in her last start. Set for an encore despite handicap disadvantage. Allodium: Better placed at the weights against Super Smile but not a reliable customer. Royal Applause: Twice unlucky. May make the finish hot again.

Eveready Calcutta Gold Cup 1,600m (Terms, 4-y-o & over)

1 - 021 Allied Forces [D. Byramji] P. Eddery 62.5 7

2 3230 Master Of The Rolls [Stephens] M. Narredu 61.5 6

3 0311 Bountiful Treasure [D. Byramji] N.Connorton 59.0 3

4 1142 Starry Flag [Bharath] C. Ruzaan 53.0 5

5 1112 Alternator [Bharath] A. Kader 52.5 2

6 1111 Arendal [Vijay] C. Alford 51.0 4

7 - 224 Tanganyika [S. Ahmed] A. Merchant 51.0 1

1. alternator (5) 2. master of the rolls (2) 3. allied forces (1)

Alternator: Improving with each run and set to strike, though up against higher rated outstation lot. Master Of The Rolls: Possesses class to upset the rhythm of the best. Allied Forces: The mile trip may be trifle short for him, yet may go close.

Nepal Gold Cup 2,200m (Cl I—Rt. 88 & over; lower class eligible)

1 - 431 Super Sunrise [Vijay] C. Alford 62.0 4

2 - - - 0 Sky Classic [D. Byramji] P. Eddery 61.0 5

3 2001 Firecreek [Vijay] A. Kader 52.0 2

4 0403 Astrajoy [Vijay] Md Amil 48.0 3

5 3043 Kaizen [Bharath] C. Ruzaan 47.0 1

1. firecreek (3) 2. super sunrise (1) 3. Kaizen (5)

Firecreek: Best performed horse in the field. May do the trick again. Super Sunrise: Brilliant in his work outs but the heavy-weight likely go against his winning aspirations. Kaizen: Good at the weights. However, his stamina is questionable.

Energizer Trophy 1,400m (Cl II—Rt. 66-94)

1 1212 King’s Minstral [R. Alford] M. Narredu 60.0 2

2 1343 Decoy [R. Shaw] A. Razzak 59.5 5

3 ---- Stringfellows [S. Ahmed] N. Bird 59.0 9

4 1331 Giorgio [D. Byramji] A. Kader 59.0 3

5 0340 Cyber Freak [Javed] N. Connorton 58.0 7

6 - - 00 Optimum Choice [R. Alford] A. Merchant 55.0 8

7 1212 Outrageous [R. Alford] Rutherford A. 54.0 4

8 2400 Just Kidding [R. Alford] R. Gowli 53.5 1

9 0000 Consul’s Secret [Jaiswal] S. Bhati 52.5 6

1. giorgio (4) 2. king’s minstral (1) 3. decoy (2)

Giorgio: Looking improved and may defy the heavy penalty earned for his last win.King’s Minstral: Unlucky loser in his last start. Gets another chance to repay losses. Decoy: May try to win from the start. Cyber Freak: May place.

Day’s Best: Giorgio Double: Alsadena & Alternator    


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