UCBSA asked entire squad to come clean
CLW hold champions PSB
School cricket from Monday
State chess meets from Tuesday
Cymbidium likely to amend failure
‘Amante’ strikes
Crowded fields in Saturday’s card
Track trials

Calcutta, April 12 
Intikhab Alam, the then Pakistan coach, made the entire team swear on the Koran in Harare, some five years ago.

That was hours after the Salim Malik scandal broke, a development that has permanently changed the face of cricket.

Yesterday, the United Cricket Board of SouthAfrica’s (UCBSA’s) acting president, Percy Sonn, and managing director Dr Ali Bacher did much the same thing in Durban.

Of course, they didn’t insist the 14-strong squad for the ODIs against Australia swear on the Bible, but each player was individually asked whether he had, at any time, interacted with bookies.

This could well be followed by the other Boards, including our own Board of Control for Cricket in India.

“Every single player answered in the negative... It was a closed-door meeting and we made it clear if anybody had anything to disclose, it ought to be done right then. The time, in effect, was now,” Dr Bacher told The Telegraph this afternoon.

It’s only after that exercise Herschelle Gibbs and Nicky Boje — two of the co-accused in the eyes of Delhi police — were retained in the squad.

Pieter Strydom and Henry Williams, the others named by the Delhi police, haven’t been picked for the series of three games which got underway at Kingsmead today.

A separate meeting between them and the UCBSA duo is likely.

Speaking from a Durban hotel, Dr Bacher added: “We didn’t insist on a pledge, we didn’t think that to be necessary... We believe what the players said is correct. In any case, when Hansie Cronje called early yesterday, he specifically said no teammate was involved in unethical dealings.”

Cronje, sacked as captain and placed under suspension, has been replaced by Dave Callaghan, who has battled cancer

According to Dr Bacher, Cronje “cannot” play any form of cricket, in South Africa, till the judicial inquiry mooted by the UCBSA (and accepted by the government) is completed.

The UCBSA has suggested the inquiry be headed by Justice Albie Sachs, a member of South Africa’s Constitutional Court and its representative on the ICC’s Code of Conduct Commission.

“At the moment Justice Sachs is in Los Angeles... I’ll be speaking to him later today and, should he agree, he will hold the inquiry. The government, after all, has agreed to our proposal. However, if Justice Sachs isn’t available, the government will appoint some other sitting judge.

“The inquiry will begin, and get completed, as soon as possible. That inquiry, more than anything else, will determine Hansie’s future,” Dr Bacher pointed out.

He maintained Cronje had indeed admitted having “received” money from a bookie during the recent one-day series in India.

“What I said (money received, but not deposited) was based on details made available to me by Hansie. I stand by my announcement last evening,” Dr Bacher insisted.

The one time Cronje himself acknowledged being paid by a bookie was during the tri-series in South Africa earlier this year.

Intriguingly though, South Africa won that ‘fixed’ match — versus Zimbabwe in Johannesburg on January 21 — and Cronje was adjudged Man of the Match!

“Yes, we won that game... the money was received either before or after that match,” remarked Dr Bacher, his tone heavy with weariness.

Obviously, ‘parts’ of that January 21 game were fixed, not the end result. That’s in keeping with the ‘fixed’ matches at Faridabad and Nagpur.

Both, as is well known, were won by South Africa.    

Calcutta, April 12 
Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW) did well to hold defending champions Punjab & Sind Bank (PSB) in the quarter final league of the Servo 105th Beighton Cup hockey tournament today. At the lush green CC&FC ground, the young CLW team was able to snatch points from vastly experienced opponents, who have nine past and present India players on their roster. They include two Olympians.

CLW took the lead in the 40th minute, when a superb effort by Sushil Minz culminated in a goal. He took possession outside the circle, dribbled past the defence and as the goalkeeper advancedy, scooped the ball over his head to sound the board. The holders went all out for the equaliser and dominated the game completely in the second half. They forced seven penalty corners, but were able to convert only the sixth when Saranjit Singh scored.

In the second match at the same venue, CRPF got past BSF 2-1. CRPF took an early lead when Topen Kujur scored a field goal in the 12th minute. BSF was able to draw level when Peter Tirkey sounded the board in the 24th. The score remained level till the 56th minute when Mukesh Kumar scored another field goal to ensure full points for CRPF.

BHA League

Khalsa Blues defeated Baranagor by a brace in a first division group B match at Customs ground today. Malket Singh and Manoj Mishra were the scorers. At Police ground, the match between Calcutta Parsee and Police A.C. remained goalless.

Five-a-side meet

The 24th Harcharan Singh Baba and Sukhdarshan Singh Memorial five-a-side hockey meet will be held at Khalsa School ground from Sunday. Youth Khalsa Club-organised floodlit meet, to be be played on a knockout basis will feature FCI, CESC, Customs, CC&FC, Punjab & Sind Bank and Rangers.    

Calcutta, April 12 
Forty-eight schools will take part in the Parle G Cricket Cup 2000 inter-school cricket tournament, to be held in the city from April 17. The final is scheduled for May 12.

The meet, sponsored by Parle Products, will be held in association with the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and Procam Sports.

The winners will be richer by Rs 16,000 while Rs 9,600 will be awarded to the runners-up. Other special prizes will also be up for grabs. Quiz contests will be held to attract young spectators.

The matches will be played at Tala Park, Marcus Square, Rajdanga, Northern Park, Deshbandhu Park, FD Block (Salt Lake), CK/CL Block (Salt Lake) and Vivekananda Park.    

Calcutta, April 12 
The 26th state women’s, 28th junior and 23rd sub-junior chess meets will be held at the Khudiram Anushilan Kendra from April 18 to 24. The Bengal team for the nationals will be selected on basis of the performance in this tournament.

The first four players from each group will be eligible to play in the nationals.    

Enjoying marginal handicap advantage over Dillinger, her conquerer in previous start, Cymbidium is expected to make amends and bag the 1,600m War Cry Plate in Mumbai on Thursday. Malcolm Kharadi partners the Narrendra Lagad-trained four-year-old filly by Royal Tern out of Tagumai.


3 pm: Bolt Of Lightning 1. Country Cousin 1. Waleshan 3.

3.30 pm: Rebounding Ray 1. Picasso 2. Heaven Sent 3.

4 pm: Flensburg 1. Princess Jo 2. Colonel’s Dream 3.

4.30 pm: Cymbidium 1. Dillinger 2. Lunar Mist 3.

5 pm: Bearer Bond 1. Orange King 2. Razalin 3.

5.30 pm: Rebel Countess 1. Dancing Minstrel 2. Chittor 3.

5.55 pm: Shirley Valentine 1. Cloud Nine 2. Safarando 3.

6.35 pm: Days Of Thunder 1. Hailstrom 2. Certain Smile 3.

Day’s Best: Rebounding Ray Double: Flensburg & Cymbidium    

The Rehanullah Khan-trained Mi Amante scored an impressive victory in the Red Rufus Trophy in Mumbai on Wednesday.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Fair Court Plate 1,200m: (1-4-5) Lumiere (Chavan) 1; High Voltage 2; Silkofin Boy 3. Won by: 5-1/2; 2-3/4; (1-16.6). Tote: Win Rs 24; Place: 17; 24; Quinella: 53; Tanala: 249. Fav: Silkofin Boy (5).

2. Red Rufus Trophy 1,400m: (3-1-6) Mi Amante (Sandeep) 1; Absolute Power 2; Sunglow 3. Won by: 3; 7; (1-27.2). Tote: Win Rs 25; Place: 13; 25; Quinella: 53; Tanala: 130. Fav: Sunglow (6).

3. Fitz Call Plate 1,200m: (1-5-4) Lagerfeld (Ajay) 1; Teaser 2; Sure Flash 3. Won by: 1/2; 2; (1-14.9). Tote: Win Rs 90; Place: 22; 17; 27; Quinella: 276; Tanala: 5,096. Fav: Evidence Of Faith (7).

4. M. D. Petit Plate 1,600m: (7-4-8) Mujahedin (Rupesh) 1; Pyramid Power 2; Bonaparte 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 2-3/4; (1-44). Tote: Win Rs 76; Place: 24; 29; 39; Quinella: 288; Tanala: 4,594. Fav: Fashion Delight (3).

5. Calligraphy Plate 1,400m: (3-7-5) Backburn Rocket (Prakash) 1; Meadow Royale 2; Kahini 3. Won by: 8-1/2; 2-1/2; (1-27.8). Tote: Win Rs 30; Place: 13; 87; 29; Quinella: 854; Tan-ala: 6,683. Fav: Backburn Rocket (3).

6. Roman Rose Plate 1,200m: (5-7-9) Gorgeous Princess (Prakash) 1; Silver Sea 2; Way Beyond 3. Won by: 4-3/4; 3; (1-15.2). Tote: Win Rs 36; Place: 16; 12; 17; Quinella: 35; Tanala: 206. Fav: Silver Sea (7).

7. Prima Facie Plate 1,000m: (4-6-9) Neptune’s Girl (Aaron) 1; Tio Pepe 2; Mama Mia 3. Won by: 2-1/4; 1-1/4; (1-1.7). Tote: Win Rs 68; Place: 25; 16; 29; Quinella: 157; Tanala: 1,276. Fav: Tio Pepe (6).

Jackpot: Rs 1,12,609 (Carried over); (C) Rs 3,620.

Treble: (i) Rs 1,361; (ii) Rs 1,011.    

Calcutta, April 12 
Fileds are crowded, averaging about 10 horses per event in Saturday’s frame of seven. First race starts at 1.55 pm.


1. Polish Handicap 1,200m (Cl V; Rt. 00-28) 1.55 pm: Art Smart 61; Tequila Shot 60; Infierno 59; Go India Go 51.5; Knight Charmer 51; Zingari 47.5.

2. Soultline Handicap 1,400m (Cl V; 00-28) 2.25 pm: Bul Bul 61; Aristotemus 60; Swingtime 57.5; Kinkozan 57; Classy Twist 56; Double Dancer 55.5; Solid Gold 47.

3. Bookmakers’ Association Cup 1,400m (Cl IV; Rt. 22-50) 3.05 pm: Prince Of War 61; Scavenger’s Son 60; Silver Raising 58.5; Crown Prince 57; Charlene 55.5; Royal Ruler 54.5; Friendly Knight 54.5; Imperial Choice 54.5; Assyrian 54; Supreme Desire 53; Flying Power 53; Constantine 51; Rheinheart 49.5.

4. Madras Race Club Trophy 1,200m (Cl II; Rt. 66-94) 3.35 pm: Quickdraw McGraw 60; Amarante 58; Absolve 57.5; Alsadena 57.5; Char Bahar 56.5; Optimum Choice 55.5; Cyber Freak 54.5.

5. CROS Trophy 1,200m (Hdcp. for maiden 3-y-o Rt. 00-50) 4.10 pm: On The Bit 60; Lockers Park 59.5; Alvarada 59; Ballet Master 58; Strictly Royal 58; Slice Of Life 58; Software 57; Prizren 57; Orbital Star 56.5; Aeolian 56.5; Three Good 56.5; Anntari 56.5; Private Lives 56.5; No Regrets 56.5; Relative Shade 55.

6. Delhi Race Club Cup 1,100m (Cl IV; Rt. 22-50) 4.45 pm: Auctioneer 60.5; Rule With Honour 59; Heaven’s Blessing 58.5; Jayaashva 58; Analyzer 57; Alkido 56; Aflicker 55; Floral Path 52.5; Arizona Star 52.5; Work Order 51.5; Crest Star 50.5.

7. Right Ahead Handicap 1,400m (Cl III; Rt. 44-72) 5.20 pm: Citadel 60; High Life 56; Swash Buckler 55.5; Sky Hawk 55; Anolini late Always Up 54.5; Giltedge 53.5; Scimitar 52.5; Storm Centre 52; American 50; Go With The Wind 50; Persuasion 49.5; Master Charlie 47.5.

Jackpot: 3; 4; 5; 6 & 7.

Treble: (i) 2; 3 & 4; (ii) 5; 6 & 7.    

Calcutta, April 12 
Assyrian, Amarante, No Regrets and Abstone Queen were impressive from among the following horses worked today:

Outer sand track

1,200m: Assyrian (A. P. Singh) and Tejeni (Surender) in 1-24s; (400m) 27s. Former far superior.

800m: Aeolian (Rabani) and Slice Of Life (Rb) in 1-1s; (400m) 29s. Go India Go (I. Chisty) in 1-2s; (400m) 29 1/5s. Chicarica (I. Chisty) in 1-1s; (400m) 28 2/5s. Master Charlie (Upadhya) in 59 3/5s; (400m) 29 3/5s. Friendly Knight (I. Chisty) in 1-3s; (400m) 30s. Annalee (C. Alford) and Auctioneer (Amil) in 54s; (400m) 25s. Former a length better. Amarante (Amil) and Anolini (C. Alford) in 52 3/5s; (400m) 26s. Former head better. Crucible (Amil) and Bernadine (C. Alford) in 59s; (400m) 29s. Former 8 ls better.

600m: Alkido (Surender) in 48s; (400m) 31s. Swingtime (I. Chisty) in 44s; (400m) 28s. Consul’s Secret (Rb) in 42s; (400m) 27s. Moved well. Alvarada (C. Alford) 49s; (400m) 32s. Easy.

Sand track

1,000m: Optimum Choice (K. Kumar) in 1-5s; (400m) 24s. Good. Silver Rai-sing (Rb) in 1-7s; (400m) 24 2/5s. Fit.

800m: Rule With Honour (Akhtar) in 1-3s; (400m) 30s. Abstone Queen (Rut-herford) and Ballot Master (Gowli) in 50s; (400m) 23s. Former head better. Prodigous (Rb) in 1-0s; (400m) 27 2/5s. Heaven’s Blessing (Shanker) in 52s; (400m) 25s. Easy. Ring Dancer (Rutherford) and Ardon (Gowli) in 52s; (400m) 23 3/5s. Both level. No Regrets (Manohar) and Prizren (M. Reuben) in 49s; (400m) 22 4/5s. Former head better. Tequila Shot (Shan-ker) in 52 3/5s; (400m) 24s. Handy. Zingari (Brij) in 1-3s; (400m) 31s.

600m: Noble Canonire (Rutherford) in 40s; (400m) 26s. Easy. Scimitar (Yacoob) and Sky Hawk (Haroon) in 37s; (400m) 23s. Former a length better. Work Order (Haroon) and Arizona Star (Yacoob) in 36s; (400m) 23s. Former 3 ls better. Go With The Wind (P. Alford) and Relative Shade (Gurang) in 38s; (400m) 24s. Former far better. Rheinheart (Rb) in 41s; (400m) 26s. Easy.

400m: Call Now (Rb) and Orbital Star (Rutherford) in 24 3/5s. Former head better.    


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