Bindra has to show cause
Focus now on domestic circuit
Indonesia in final
Sonali Shibir have it easy
CLW a draw away from title
BTC set for live digital telecast

 
 
BINDRA HAS TO SHOW CAUSE 
 
 
FROM A CORRESPONDENT
 
New Delhi, May 19 
The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s working committee today decided to serve a show-cause notice to its former president I.S. Bindra.

Sparks were expected to fly at today’s working committee meeting, but the BCCI bosses tackled the corruption charges levelled by Bindra with caution. The anticipated walk-out by Bindra did not materialise and there was no tirade to expel him from the BCCI.

Instead, BCCI president A.C. Muthiah said Bindra will be served a show-cause notice within 20 days for his recent outburst in the media about match-fixing and corruption in the game and its administration.

This decision was taken citing a clause in the BCCI constitution which recommends necessary action if its reputation is damaged. Muthiah added that the decision to ask Bindra to show cause was unanimous and Bindra himself accepted it. The notice will be served to both Bindra and the Punjab Cricket Association.

This issue was raised by ICC president Jagmohan Dalmiya who was representing the Cricket Association of Bengal. Dalmiya asked Bindra to clarify the statements made to the media against him, the BCCI and certain players.

In reply, Bindra clarified some points and even said he was misquoted by the media. He, however, added that he could not respond to some statements because of the confidentiality factor with the CBI.

However, he said he would reply in writing to some of the charges and Muthiah added he would approach CBI authorities on the confidential issues after receiving the written reply.

Bindra’s charge that match-fixing takes place in venues like Toronto, Sharjah and Singapore and India should not play there, was also discussed today.

The board president said India will honour its commitments and tour Sharjah and Toronto this year but a verdict on such trips in future would be discussed in working committee meetings later.

Meanwhile, a UNI says that Kapil Dev has requested the BCCI for legal and financial assistance to fight the defamation suit he plans to pursue against I.S. Bindra. Kapil said he will return the money if he was found guilty.    


 
 
FOCUS NOW ON DOMESTIC CIRCUIT 
 
 
FROM A CORRESPONDENT
 
New Delhi, May 19 
Several significant decisions were taken at the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) working committee meeting today. Among them were a restructuring of the domestic calendar, stringent medical tests for age-group tournaments, introduction of two new under-14 and under-22 tournaments and a code of conduct for players and officials.

It was decided that the Duleep Trophy, Irani Trophy and Challenger tournaments will be given added importance and all international players will have to participate in these meets.

BCCI president A.C. Muthiah said these events will be held from mid-October to mid-November when international commitments are limited. He added that participation even in Ranji Trophy matches will be made mandatory.

The Duleep Trophy will again be played on a league basis and the Ranji Trophy Super League stage will be done away with. Instead, the knockout round will begin right after the zonal leagues, it was announced.

Unless there are international engagements, players will have to take special permission to skip domestic matches.

Worried about the problem of over-age players, the BCCI announced that medical tests will be made compulsory in all age-group tournaments. It also unveiled plans of two new tournaments — under-14 and under-22 — at the zonal level.

The board also announced that all players will undergo fitness tests at the Bombay Hospital before international matches and the hospital will have the sole authority to certify whether they are fit or not.

The working committee also appointed three members — Shashank Manohar (Vidarbha), D.V. Subba Rao (Andhra) and Ashok Kumbhat (Tamil Nadu) — to finalise a draft for a code of conduct for players and officials. Various suggestions were made in this regard and the new committee was told to present its proposal at the next working committee meeting in August. It was also announced that Dnyaneshwar Agashe of Maharashtra will be appointed vice-chairman of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.

A decision on graded payments, long-term contracts for players and performance-based payments was deferred and it was announced that the BCCI finance committee will meet the national captain and vice-captain before coming to a decision.

The Board president said that statements to the media would be made by him alone, till a spokesman is appointed.    


 
 
INDONESIA IN FINAL 
 
 
FROM SANJAY SHARMA
 
Kuala Lumpur, May 19 
Defending champions Indonesia moved into final of the Thomas Cup with a 3-2 win over Denmark today, after Marleve Mainaky won the tense deciding singles 15-14, 15-13 over Kenneth Jonassen.

The first singles of the second today’s second semi-finals was a remarkable match, won by world No. 1 Peter Gade Christensen in a marathon 89 minutes. He beat world No. 2 Hendrawan 12-15, 17-16, 15-11.

The diminutive Indonesian played with a do-or-die attitude, but in the end it was not enough. He simply ran out of steam when it mattered.

Christensen faced match point in the second game when Hendrawan closed a 10-13 deficit to equalise and then serve for the match at 14-13, but the implacable Dane took the game 17-16.

He led throughout in the third, had a few hiccups at 13-8 and 14-9 when he lost three match points, but never let up on the pressure and won 15-11 to give his team a 1-0 lead.

Indonesia then won the first doubles with ease. Rexy Mainaky, partnering Tony Gunawan agve Indonesia a 15-7, 15-3 win over Martin Lundgaard and Lars Paaske in 27 minutes.

In the second singles between 35-year-old Paul Erik Hoyer Larsen and 19-year-old Taufique Hidayat, the latter played with a maturity beyond his years to score a 15-11, 15-9 victory and give his country a 2-1 lead.

Chandra Wijaya and Sigit Budiarto teamed for the second doubles after a gap of 18 months — Sigit had tested positive for doping at the Singapore Open and was banned for a year

Jesper Larsen and Jens Eriksen never had a chance to counter their blistering pace as the former world No. 1 pair broke through the Danish resistance to win the first game 15-8.

In the second, the Danes came back from a 4-9 deficit to level at 10-all. They faced match point at 12-14, but fought back again to win 17-15.

The third was a real nail-biter, as Sigit and Chandra, down 1-7 and 4-11 closed the gap to lead at 12-11, 14-13 and 16-15. But they couldn’t convert four match points, the Danes finally winning 17-16 to level the tie at 2-all.    


 
 
SONALI SHIBIR HAVE IT EASY 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, May 19 
Sonali Shibir and Muslim Institute had it easy in the cluster matches of the McDowell Cup today. While Sonali Shibir defeated Barisha Sporting 5-0 at Madhyamgram, Muslim Institute sailed past Bally Protiva 4-0 at Sodepur.

Debajit Bhowmick (2), Raju Ghosh (2) and Swarup Dey struck for Sonali Shibir. The scorers for Muslim Institute were Anwar Ali (2), Vivekananda Dutta and S. Sarkar.    


 
 
CLW A DRAW AWAY FROM TITLE 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, May 19 
Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW) defeated Aryan 3-0 in first division group B action of the BHA league to almost ensure the title today. CLW now need only a draw in their last league tie against Calcutta Parsee to clinch the issue.

But a loss will mean Aryan, who enjoy a better goal advantage, walking away with the honours.

Both CLW and Aryan have already qualified for group A next season and are placed on 23 points each. Aryan, though, have completed their engagements.

CLW, playing with 10 men, dominated proceedings from the start and never allowed Aryan any leeway. They led by a solitary goal at the breather. Amar Bhengraj scored a brace while Anmol Topno added one more in the second half.

In second division, BSF, North Bengal expectedly emerged champions. They got past Calcutta Adivasis 3-1 in their last championship-leg tie. P.R. Nag, S. Karketta and Eric Lakra struck for the winners while S. Oraon reduced the margin for Calcutta Adivasis.

The securitymen finished with an all-win record (six points) in the championship-leg. Sporting Union finished runners-up with four points.

Today, Sporting Union overcame Aikya Sammilani by the odd goal in three. Krishna Bairagi scored both the goals for Sporting Union. Raju Sarkar pulled one back for Aikya.

In an inconsequential first division group A tie, ERSA drew 1-1 with BSF, South Bengal. Sher Shah put the railwaymen ahead in the first half while S. Lugan restored parity for the securitymen.    


 
 
BTC SET FOR LIVE DIGITAL TELECAST 
 
 
FROM WILLIAM TELL
 
Bangalore, May 19 
The popular summer racing season, starting from tomorrow, will be telecast live — digital multicast — to all major turf centres in the country. Tests have been carried out in the last fortnight and the Bangalore Turf Club (BTC) authorities are quite satisfied with the quality of production, according to the BTC sources.

The 24-Day season will see nearly 850 horses, including 125 from outstation, vying for the advertised stakes of Rs 5 crore — a marginal increase compared to the last summer season.

The highlight of the season are the the four classics — the Fillies Trial (June 17), the Colts Trial (June 18), the Derby (July 16) and the St. Leger (July 23). The calendar also includes three sponsored ‘Million’ races — the Knockout Million (June 4), the Sans Craintes Million (July 2) and the Dashmesh and Hargobind Stud Million (July 30).

The main event in tomorrow’s card, the 1,200m Krishnaraja Wadiyar Cup may be fought out by the Mumbai-challengers, Khaalis and Columbus. However, the Arti Doctor-trained Columbus enjoys a marginal edge and may triumph in the hands of Aslam Kader.

SELECTIONS

2 pm: Royal Movements 1. Winelight 2. Sine Mora 3.

2.30 pm: Northern Frontier 1. Contour 2. Chanel 3.

3 pm: Royal Satin 1. Desert Gold 2. Breaking News 3.

3.30 pm: Mayfair 1. Mr Belvedere 2. Nearco Prince 3.

4 pm: Gullane 1. Sensational Lover 2. Assertive Allies 3.

4.30 pm: Columbus 1. Khaalis 2. Golden Fisher 3.

5 pm: Deep In The Jungle 1. Supreme Glory 2. Almaz 3.

5.30 pm: Royal Birkdale 1. Boss Tweed 2. Hilly Billy Dancer 3.

Day’s Best: Deep In The Jungle Double: Royal Satin & Gullane.    

 

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