Sub-continent set for united stand
UB clamps down on EB-Bagan budget
CLW enter semi-finals
Third defeat for East Bengal
India 111th on Fifa list
Dillinger posts easy victory

Calcutta, April 13 
Stung — and terribly upset — by South African Board supremo Dr Ali Bacher’s comments about the sub-continent, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are likely to take a united stand.

According to The Telegraph’s sources, even Bangladesh, which is aspiring for Test status, could join the three Test playing nations of the region in taking on Dr Bacher.

In a radio interview yesterday Dr Bacher said: “The problem (match-fixing) seems to arise in the sub-continent... that’s where the origin is by all accounts. It would appear that the authorities, for whatever reason, have not been able to cope with this particular problem.”

“Dr Bacher has no business using the language he did. Afterall, the same gentleman was the one who offered inducements to players of different countries to rebel against their nation... Nobody has forgotten those rebel tours which ended so many careers,” remarked an angry administrator of the region.

Well, plenty of fireworks seem to be in store.    

Calcutta, April 13 
The United Breweries axe has had Mohun Bagan and East Bengal alike, reeling. Last night, at a formal meeting in Bangalore, the season’s budget was discussed by the UB top brass (except chairman Vijay Mallya), and the company’s employees at East Bengal and officials of the Mohun Bagan club.

UB made it clear that they were not satisfied with their subsidiary, East Bengal’s performance in the last two years, and was hence reducing the allocation to the club this year to Rs 1 crore 35 lakh. That is a steep fall from last year’s Rs 2 crore 25 lakh last year and from Rs 2 crore 75 lakh the year before that.

UB was initially refusing to do any manner of business with Mohun Bagan, because the club had failed to form the company as prescribed by the UB Group and, over and above, has been embroiled in irritating court cases. The amount that Bagan got (the same Rs 1.35 crore) was virtually a dole, and secretary Anjan Mitra is pretty happy about it.

East Bengal, on the other hand, have “adhered to all requirements of the UB Group”, but has failed to show result. Official Dipak Das today said “we are pained”, at the decision. He talked about the “image of UB in the public eye”. That was strange, an employee of the Group talking about the “image of the Group”.

Incidentally, if Bagan secretary Mitra, if a trifle unabashed, was practical in accepting his subservient posture, Das probably is still living in those days when he used to ‘run’ the club.

“We were told of this reduction too late, leaving us no time to adjust,” said Das. “At last year’s meeting in Mumbai Mr Mallya himself promised the Rs 2.25 crore budget level for three years. It was put in the meeting’s minutes as well.” Das said the minutes were not available to him any more.

Das was talking this evening of “further thinking regarding the future of the sport at the club level”. He was talking, probably, in his capacity as assistant secretary of the club, and not as an employee of a subsidiary of the UB Group.

The club’s officials sit tonight to “draft a letter to Mallya”, seeking to know more. “We will then fax the letter to Mr Mallya and wait for the reply.”

Not that any reply will make any difference. The club will have to fit into its new dress. “We’ve already had talks with 14-15 outside players, and were thinking in terms of fresh Rs 65 lakh in payment,” Das said. “Now that’s gone. And just because we have already taken the token from Dipendu Biswas from Bagan, we’ll keep our word. But there will be no more snatching from each other. We can’t afford it.”

Realisation, at last. Better late than never.    

Calcutta, April 13 
Punjab and Sind Bank (PSB) will meet Army XI while Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW) take on Tamil Nadu XI in the semi-finals of the 105th Servo Beighton Cup.

In the last round of the quarter final league ties, CLW lost to CISF 0-1, PSB held Indian Airlines 3-3, CRPF and Tamil Nadu XI were locked goalless and BSF drew 1-1 with Army XI.

PSB and CLW qualified for the semi-finals by virtue of being the top two sides from group A. In group B all four teams were locked with three points each. TN XI made it to the last-four stage with a better goal difference while Army XI qualified because they had a goal advantage over BSF.

Six goals came off a pulsating PSB-Indian Airlines match at the CC&FC this afternoon. The bankmen were leading 2-1 at the lemon break.

Indian Airlines went into the lead in the 16th minute of the match when Brojen Singh struck a field goal. Rajinder Singh replied five minutes later and Saranjit Singh added to PSB’s tally in the 29th minute.

In the 38th minute of the match, former India captain Shakeel Ahmed converted a penalty stroke when an Indian Airlines attack was infringed in the D. That parity was soon broken when a 50th minute strike by Saranjit gave him his second goal and PSB a 3-2 lead. Atif of Airlines brought the situation back at par a minute to time when he made it 3-3 off a field goal.

At the East Bengal ground, Cyril Ekka struck the matchwinner for CISF in the 66th minute after a series of missed chances by both sides. The match was an evenly contested affair, though, the uneven condition of the turf did pose problems to both sides.

In a later game, BSF took the lead in the 36th minute from a penalty corner through Devender Kumar. Asif Ali equalised for Army XI in the 59th minute with a firm hit from inside the D.

BSF dominated the proceedings in the first half while Army XI came back strongly in the second session.    

Calcutta, April 13 
East Bengal plunged to their third defeat in the A.N. Ghosh Trophy when they lost to Wari by 50 runs. Off spinner Pradipta Mazumder did the star turn for Wari with a six-wicket haul.    

Calcutta, April 13 
India is 111th on Fifa’s latest world rankings list, according to information reaching here from the Asian Football Confederation office in Kuala Lumpur. They are 19th on the continental rankings, which are being led by South Korea (world No. 43). Saudi Arabia are in second spot (world No. 44).    

The Sorab Jilla-trained five-year-old horse, Dillinger struck again, making it three-in-a-row, when the Riyahi-Loriquet son beat Lunar Mist to win the War Cry Plate at the Mumbai races held on Thursday. C. Rajendra partnered the topweight to victory. C. Rajendra who partnered the winner, finished the day with four winners.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Guiding Star Plate 1,400m: (5-6-4) Bolt Of Lightning (Mann) 1; Waltzing Matilda 2; Waleshan 3. Won by: 1; 3/4; (1-29.6). Tote: Win Rs 54; Place: 11; 15; 10; Quinella: 87; Tanala: 282. Fav: Waleshan (4).

2. Confucius Plate 1,600m: (4-6-2) Picasso (Z. Sayyed) 1; Rebounding Ray 2; Sugar Daddy 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 3/4; (1-42.9). Tote: Win Rs 55; Place: 29; 18; Quinella: 67; Tanala: 560. Fav: Heaven Sent (1).

3. Rock Of Gibraltar Stakes 1,800m: (3-2-5) Flensburg (Rajendra) 1; Colonel’s Dream 2; Princess Jo 3. Won by: 4-3/4; 2-1/2; (1-56.9). Tote: Win Rs 13; Place: 10; 18; Quinella: 21; Tanala: 44. Fav: Flensburg (3).

4. War Cry Plate 1,600m: (1-3-5) Dillinger (Rajendra) 1; Lunar Mist 2; Akhnoor 3. Won by: 1; 1/2; (1-41.6). Tote: Win Rs 55; Place: 19; 28; 14; Quinella: 347; Tanala: 1,453. Fav: Cymbidium (2).

5. Nijinsky Trophy 1,400m: (9-6-5) Metronomic (Bhadke) 1; Razalin 2; Bearer Bond 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 1-3/4; (1-27.1). Tote: Win Rs 61; Place: 19; 17; 27; Quinella: 131; Tanala: 1,349. Fav: Razalin (6).

6. Goldilocks Plate 1,000m: (9-6-5) Rebel Countess (Rajendra) 1; Baccarose 2; Peace March 3. Won by: 2-1/4; 3/4; (1-2.8). Tote: Win Rs 36; Place: 17; 27; 15; Quinella: 159; Tanala: 1,314. Fav: Rebel Countess (9).

7. Classic Story Plate 1,000m: (3-2-4) Cloud Nine (Rajendra) 1; Safarando 2; Shirley Valentine 3. Won by: 3/4; 2-3/4; (1-1.5). Tote: Win Rs 29; Place: 10; 15; 11; Quinella: 33; Tanala: 90. Fav: Cloud Nine (3).

8. Zinosca Plate 1,100m: (7-8-1) Temple Quest (Daniel) 1; Yukazon 2; Dosu 3. Won by: 1; 2-1/4; (1-8.3). Tote: Win Rs 108; Place: 37; 31; 221; Quinella: 879; Tanala: 44,482. Fav: Days Of Thunder (9).

Jackpot: Rs 86,148; (C) Rs 913.

Treble: (i) Rs 278; (ii) Rs 693; (iii) Rs 964.    


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