BCCI plans special body to probe officials
China, Denmark group champions
Emphatic victories for SAI, CESC

Calcutta, May 15 
With the ‘Establishment’ finally hitting back at Inderjit Singh Bindra, the former Board president may actually have bitten off more than he can chew.

But irrespective of the ‘points’ toted, be it by the ‘Establishment’ — of which Bindra was very much a part till mid-1997 — or the former Board president himself, everyone’s image has taken a beating.

With myriad allegations — revolving around TV contracts, sponsorship deals and more — surfacing quicker than Shoaib Akhtar thunderbolts, it couldn’t at all have been otherwise.

Now, therefore, the Board is contemplating constituting a special committee comprising “people of unimpeachable integrity” to specifically probe allegations against officials.

According to The Telegraph’s sources, this proposal will be discussed at the Board’s working committee meeting in New Delhi, on Friday.

It is understood the committee may comprise between three to five members. One of them could be Chetan Chauhan, a former Test opener and twice Member of Parliament.

“It’s not necessary that only those directly connected with cricket will be requested to serve on the committee. We could invite somebody who has had absolutely nothing to do with the game,” a source pointed out.

Incidentally, the working committee’s consent will suffice — approval at the emergent general meeting (EGM), the very next day, won’t be necessary.

Simultaneously, the Board is working towards evolving a Code of Conduct for officials. Only, that isn’t exactly a top priority. It’s not fully on the back-burner either.

Significantly, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has already launched its version of a ‘Code’, featuring officials: Earlier this month, all Executive Board members (addressed as directors) pledged they have no interest, financial or otherwise in cricket, besides what is already known.

However, top of the Board’s agenda definitely is pushing through a Code of Conduct — as distinct from the one initiated by the ICC in 1991-92 — for all India players.

It is learnt this player-specific Code will draw heavily on the ICC’s stringent 14-point Unacceptable Behaviour, which wasn’t part of the Code when it came into being nine seasons ago.

Predictably, given the current scenario, the thrust of the Unacceptable Behaviour is prohibiting involvement with match-fixers and indulging in match-related speculation of any kind.

As a source remarked, though, the Code could have an “Indian flavour” as well.

Should the EGM approve the player-specific Code, it will come into effect immediately — beginning with the May 28-June 8 Asia Cup in Dhaka.    

Kuala Lumpur, May 15 
Denmark and China topped their respective Uber Cup pools as group matches came to an end at the Putra Stadium here today.

China demolished Korea 5-0, while Denmark also took an unassailable 3-0 lead against former champions Japan.

The Europeans thus avoided meeting China in the semi-finals, setting up a clash with Korea. They also raised visions of reaching the final for the first time since 1960 when they lost the battle against the US. China will meet Indonesia in the semis.

The Danish challenge was led by world No. 1 Camilla Martin who took a mere 17 minutes to breeze past Asian Games champion Yasuko Mizui, 11-3, 11-1.

“These have been my best performances in the last couple of months. The whole team has worked really hard for more than a month and we are really charged up for the Uber Cup. Even a place in the final is something we all want to achieve,” said Camilla with candour.

Denmark’s second victory came in doubles when Rikke Olsen and Helen Kirkegaard beat Yoshika Iwata and Haruko Matsuda. Mette Sorensen then continued her great run with a 11-3, 11-1 demolition of Ida Takako.

China, looking good for their seventh title, took just 56 minutes to pocket the first three singles. World No. 2 Gong Zhi Chao trounced Si Jin Sun 11-3, 11-7 even as Chinese chose to rest two-time world champion Ye Zhaoying.

“My girls don’t need any one to look after them. They will retain the title without much of a fuss. We are too strong and have done enough hard work to see that they are not challenged,” said coach Li Yong Bo with conviction.

India face Korea

After a day’s rest, India will take on Korea tomorrow following their satisfactory performance against the hosts. Malaysia are in deep trouble, needing to beat Denmark for a semi-final berth since Korea have already qualified from the group.

“We could have got the better of the Malaysians had we been a bit more lucky yesterday,” said India captain Pulella Gopichand.

“I feel I missed out narrowly while (Nikhil) Kanetkar also played really well. We have some really strong players right now and if the association works out a scheme for doubles players, India would be the team to watch in two years,” said Gopichand.

India’s chances against Korea will revolve around Gopichand and Siddarth Jain in singles. One only hopes the Indian coach will give national junior champion Chetan Anand a chance.    

Calcutta, May 15 
SAI Training Centre and CESC today notched up emphatic victories in their BHA League senior division group A league matches. SAI romped home to a 3-1 victory over FCI, while CESC beat Eastern Railway 2-0.

Sudhir Minz put FCI ahead in the 34th minute, but FCI failed to protect the lead, with Manoj Kujru restoring parity in the eighth minute of the second half.

S. Horo pushed the scoreline one ahead for SAI in the 28th minute of the second half, while Ashok Toppo finally put the issue beyond FCI three minutes to time.

A. Tete’s penalty corner conversion gave CESC a 1-0 lead, before Tete again made it 2-0, off a penalty stroke.

In senior division group B CLW beat Chotonagpur 3-0.

Veterans’ table tennis

A.K. Roy and R.P. Chatterjee of YMCA (Chowringhee) have been included in the team that would represent India at the 10th world veterans’ table tennis meet at Vancouver from May 21 to 27.

Summer camp

The BTTA summer coaching camp was inaugurated at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra today. A total of 110 boys and girls in the 6-12 age-group from Calcutta Howrah, Hooghly, Chandannagore, North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas will train under 14 coaches headed by Saroj Ghosh. Five of the participants (from Hooghly) are hearing impaired.    


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