Tame 45-run loss signals Indian exit
ICC gets tough, lists unacceptable behaviour
BHA formalises Bagan demotion
Threat opens debate over share of spoils
Barreto cleared
Title for SAI
Six Speed best for Million
Pride strikes

Dhaka, June 3 
Pakistan 295/6 (50 ovs) India 251 (47.4 ovs) MoM: Youhana

It is becoming increasingly easier to write an epitaph for Indian cricket. For variation, though, it has to be drafted over and over again.

The players didn’t put up a semblance of a fight, and for most of the Asia Cup, they lacked character and inspiration. They don’t have the mentality to take responsibility and only some fresh ideas and a new approach can help.

As has become the rule, the players were once again found wanting in application and concentration today. The eagerness and will to win was missing.

The much-vaunted batting line-up has been reduced to a fallacy. The bowling lacks imagination, the team looks too jaded.

For most of the match, it was mere submission to a much more talented and professional Pakistan side. The Indians seemed to have lost the game even before they took the field and the 44-run loss signalled their exit.

It was always a min-game out there in the middle: no width was being given or conceded. The Pakistanis were appealing for just about everything and it proved tough for the umpires to keep their cool. To compound matters, the Indians got just 48 overs because of their slow over-rate.

The match was over for India once Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar left by the end of the 14th over. The pressure to score around seven an over got to Sourav as he started trying too many things. As the top edge off a wide Wasim Akram delivery flew into the hands of third man, it signalled the end of the challenge.

Sachin started off flamboyantly, but once Abdul Razzaq trapped him plumb in front, it was almost curtains. It was a question of when and how far from then on.

In between, Rahul Dravid ended his agonising 32-ball stay and Mohammed Azharuddin spooned the ball to square-leg in the medium-pacer’s next over.

For all the heroics of Ajay Jadeja (93 off 103 balls, 8x4, 4x6), it came too late in the day and with little support.

The entire credit for Pakistan managing to reach such an imposing total after losing three top-order batsmen in the space of just six balls should go to Yusuf Youhana (100 not out, 9x4,1x6). Pakistan’s Mr Dependable once more showed his class and temperament in no uncertain terms.

Yesterday Sourav had highlighted Inzamam-ul-Haq as the danger-man. He had probably overlooked the transition in Youhana’s form and attitude.

Thiru Kumaran and debutant Amit Bhandari sufferered the most, with the former proving to be easy pickings for the batsmen. The Tamil Nadu pacer cut a very sorry figure, giving away 86 runs in his ten overs.

Showing neither the talent nor the spirit to qualify for being in the side, the MRF academy product lacked both accuracy and penetration. It would be better for the game if some of the selectors wouldn’t let their judgement be guided by vested interests.

Imran Nazir and Saeed Anwar (43 off 35 balls, 8x4) started the party, on winning the toss, taking eight and 12 runs in Kumaran’s first and third overs, respectively.

Anwar was in full flow, not hesitating to lift the ball over the infield. Imran, though a little subdued in comparison, got most of his runs striking into the V.

But all that changed once Anil Kumble was brought into the attack. The leg-spinner got quickly into the groove and struck in his third over, removing Anwar. Imran left two balls later.

Sourav made the right move in bringing on Agarkar in place of Bhandari to keep on the pressure. The medium-pacer did not disappoint, Inzamam dragging the off-cutter on to his stumps.

For once, Pakistan were cornered and Kumble was beginning to look dangerous. Agarkar and Sachin provided excellent support. But once Sourav had to fall back on Kumaran and Bhandari to complete the quota, the onslaught began once more.

Youhana had all this while concentrated on playing into the gaps and holding the innings together. But once the slog overs began, he cut loose. While his first 50 came off 90 balls, the second took only 23. He reached his hundred with a thunderous six off Kumaran’s last ball in the 50th over. Moin Khan provided excellent support with a-run-a-ball 46.    

Dhaka, June 3 
As part of the getting-tough-drive, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has actually listed what constitutes Unacceptable Behaviour and the punishment to be meted out.

However, though the ICC last month mentioned July 1, 1993, as the starting point — the date which saw the ICC ‘sever’ links with the MCC — The Telegraph’s sources insist action will not be retrospective. Rather, it will take effect from the day the ICC approves punishment. That, one learns, will be at the annual general meeting later this month.

Incidentally, the Unacceptable Behaviour bit isn’t part of the ICC’s (general) Code of Conduct, in operation from the 1991-92 season. What constitutes Unacceptable Behaviour (handing out punishment, as of now, rests with the Executive Board) is as follows:


Whether, at any time after 1 July 1993, any player of a Cricket Authority’s team participating in any Test Match, One-Day International Match or representative cricket match (Match) or any umpire, referee, team official or administrator of any such Cricket Authority representing or in any way related to the Cricket Authority of any such Member Country

(1) Has engaged in any of the following conduct:

a) Bet on any Match or series of Matches, or on any event connected with any Match or series of Matches (Event), in which such player, umpire, referee, team official or administrator took part or in which the Member Country of any such individual was represented;

b) Induced or encouraged any other person to bet on any Match or series of Matches or on any Event or to offer the facility for such bets to be placed;

c) Gambled or entered into any other form of financial speculation on any Match or on any Event;

d) Induced or encouraged any other person to gamble or enter into any other form of financial speculation on any Match or any Event;

e) Was a party to contriving or attempting to contrive the result of any Match or the occurrence of any Event;

f) Failed to perform on his merits in any Match owing to an arrangement relating to betting on the outcome of any Match or on the outcome of any Event;

g) Induced or encouraged any other player not to perform on his merits in any Match owing to any such arrangement;

h) Received from another person any money, benefit or other reward (whether financial or otherwise) for the provision of any information concerning the weather, the teams, the state of the ground, the status of, or the outcome of, any Match or the occurrence of any Event unless such information has been provided to a newspaper or other form of media in accordance with an obligation entered into in the normal course and disclosed in advance to the Cricket Authority of the relevant Member Country;

i) Received any money, benefit or other reward (whether financial or otherwise) which could bring him or the game of cricket into disrepute;

j) Provided any money, benefit or other reward (whether financial or otherwise) which could bring him or the game of cricket into disrepute;

k) Received any approaches from another person or engaged in conduct such as that described in any of the above sub-paragraphs; or

(2) Is aware that any other player or individual has engaged in conduct, or received approaches, such as described in any sub-paragraph of paragraph (1); or

(3) Has received or is aware that any other person has received threats of any nature which might induce him to engage in conduct, or acquiesce in any proposal made by an approach, such as described in any sub-paragraph of paragraph (1);

(4) Has engaged in any conduct which in the opinion of the Executive Board is prejudicial to the interests of the game of cricket.    

Calcutta, June 3 
Mohun Bagan, who refused to field a team this season, have been relegated from the Bengal Hockey Association (bha) league’s elite division.

The decision, taken at a meeting this evening, has brought no shock or surprise, not even to officials of a club that has over the years been a powerhouse in the state and beyond.

Next year, the green-and-maroon brigade will have to join group B of the first division. If they field a team, that is.

“We’ve made our stand very clear to the BHA and we’ll stick to it. We’ll not join the league till they make arrangements to stage the matches on synthetic surface,” Mohun Bagan secretary Anjan Mitra told The Telegraph over phone from Kalimpong.

He also pointed out that Mohun Bagan is “essentially a football club” and hockey or any other game should not “encroach” on this. “With the National League being played in winter and even spilling into early summer, we need our ground for the footballers,” he said.

But isn’t the demotion a blow to the image of a club steeped in tradition?

“No it’s not,” Mitra shot back. “It’s a question of principle. And remember, whether we’re in group B or second division, doesn’t matter because it won’t take us long to get back to where we belong. We have the means to build a strong team to storm back. But that can happen only after our conditions are met,” he said.

Also relegated from group A are West Bengal Police.    

Dhaka, June 3 
It remains to be seen whether Zee carries out the reported threat of launching a parallel Tour if its telecast bid for the 2003 and 2007 World Cups (in South Africa and the West Indies) is rejected, but that alone has caused more than a flutter.

Predictably, Zee has already been bracketed with Kerry Packer, but nobody is quite willing to go on record till the network itself makes an overt move. In any case, the threat will fizzle out if the International Cricket Council (ICC) accepts Zee’s offer.

Zee, TWI and World Sports Group (where, apparently, Rupert Murdoch has the biggest stake) are the three bidders that remain. The first-round elimination saw the exit, among others, of WorldTel.

According to The Telegraph’s sources, the telecast rights were to have been decided by now, but “unforeseen events” have forced the ICC to give priority to other matters. “Those wishing to do business have to be patient,” remarked a source.

Apparently, the bids are in the region of $500 million and besides the next two World Cups, the successful bidder will also get to telecast the four mini-World Cups (every alternate year) between now and 2006.

Zee, of course, is said to be claiming its offer is the highest.

Even if Zee’s bid is accepted, however, the threat-triggered ‘debate’ may not end in a hurry.

For instance much of the talk today already centres around the low percentage of cricket’s earnings — chiefly from TV rights — which goes to the players. Also, the appallingly low prize money for tournaments which, otherwise, earn millions by way of telecast rights.

“It’s different in Australia, where a share of the Australian Cricket Board’s (ACB’s) earnings, primarily from TV rights, is passed on to the players. In fact, that’s how it ought to be done,” pointed out a well-placed source.

He added: “One isn’t sure just how successful Zee will be in organising a parallel Tour, but players are more than aware their earnings are disproportionate to the income the respective Boards generate... They may not go along with Zee, if it comes to that, but this threat has probably done its bit to recast player-Board relationships.”

As it was hit hardest by Packer in the late Seventies, the ACB has already moved to cover flanks. That’s in keeping with being so very professional.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), though, isn’t sure how seriously to take the reported threat. Lt General Tauqir Zia, the PCB chairman, reacted thus: “We can’t go by hearsay. At the same time, I can’t say whether or not players will move over... Some of our players did, of course, when Packer started WSC...”

Jaywant Lele, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary, denied comment. “I’ve only read about it (the Zee threat) in the papers... I’ve got nothing at all to say.”

An uncharacteristic Lele response but, in the circumstances, probably the right one. For obvious reasons, players from India (and Pakistan) will be top targets for the parallel Tour.

Even if the Zee threat materialises, however, it’s unlikely that those who stand to make a great career in officially-sanctioned cricket will defect. At least, not immediately. Either those who’ve been dumped or those in the December of their career alone should play ball.

But, then, surprises can’t be ruled out either. Clearly, apart from match-fixing, the ICC and affiliates now appear to have another problem right at the doorstep.    

Calcutta, June 3 
The IFA today received the international clearance letter for Jose Ramirez Barreto. The Brazilian, who played a big role in Mohun Bagan’s triumph in the last National League, is expected to sign for the green-and-maroon brigade soon.

Mohun Bagan are also roping in his compatriot Joao Dos Santos, the striker who turned out for Salgaocar. They are expected to register together with medios Gunabir Singh and R.P. Singh and goalkeepers Sandip Naskar and Sandip Nandy.    

Calcutta, June 3 
SAI Training Centre added the Laksmibilas Cup title to their BHA league crown with a fluent 3-0 win over CCFC at the SAI Eastern Centre today. Manoj Kujur scored off a penalty corner, while the other goals came from Edmund Karketta and Prakash Toppo.

Venue changed

The state age-group aquatics meet, scheduled to be held from June 6 to 8, will see a change in venue. Supposed to be held at the Beleghata Subhas Sarovar, the meet will now be held at the Calcutta Sports Association, Rabindra Sarovar.

Durgapur CCC win

Durgapur CCC defeated Bediapara Netaji Sangha CCC by 104 runs in the Bidyut Ganguly memorial sub-junior cricket meet, organised by Shyamnagar Sabuj Sangha today.

BRIEF SCORES: Durgapur CCC 174 in 19.5 ovs (Ramiz Shahin 46, Aninda Dey 3/38, Aliv Sarkar 3/33). Bediapara Netaji Sangha CCC 70/4 in 20 ovs (Ankan Mukherjee 36). Durgapur CCC won by 104 runs.

Junior cricket

Chandranath Chatterjee Memorial CCC entered the final of the Dr Syamaprasad Mukherjee junior cricket tournament. In the semi-final today, they beat Sambaran Banerjee CA by 101 runs at Netaji Subhas Institute ground.

BRIEF SCORES: Chandranath Chatterjee Memorial CCC 238/9 in 30 ovs (Anirudha Roy 101; Hirak Nag 4/39). Sambaran Banerjee CA 137 in 27.2 ovs. Chandranath Chatterjee Memorial CCC won by 101 runs.

CSA waterpolo

Hosts Calcutta Sports Association beat Indian Life Saving Society 10-4 in a Super League match of the waterpolo meet being held at the Association’s pool at Rabindra Sarobar. Sribash Sardar scored three goals for the winners.

Centenary Cup rugby

LMOB Blacks thrashed Young Rugby Club 33-3 and Sergeants Institute 51-0 in the Centenary Cup 2000 meet at CCFC today. In other matches, Future Hope crushed the Sergeants 20-0 (10-0) and CCFC tamed LMOB Tigers 19-5 (7-0).    

Bangalore, June 3 
It is hard to look beyond Six Speed in the 1,400m Knock Out Million, tomorrow here.

A winner of three races from as many starts — including two ‘Million’ events in Mumbai — the Placerville-Haunting Beauty daughter is maintaining her excellent form. Pesi Shrof, who partners the Darius Byramji-trainee, is fully satisfied with her work outs and none of her 15 rivals may be able to stop the classic filly from winning.


2.30 pm: Brave Russian 1. Lali 2. Major Attraction 3.

3 pm: Dunhill Star 1. River Dale 2. Formal Gold 3.

3.30 pm: Mayfair 1. London Bells 2. Renzino 3.

4 pm: Six Speed 1. Axe 2. Symphony Of Fire 3.

4.30 pm: Sans Egale 1. Strides Of Fire 2. Earl Grey 3.

5 pm: Allocated 1. Pas De Memories 2. Holy Heights 3.

5.30 pm: Resplendent Star 1. X-Pac 2. Commitment 3.

Day’s Best: Six Speed Double: Sans Egale & Allocated.    

In pouring rain Splendid Pride scored a decisive victory over the course-favourite Alchemy to win the Karnataka Cup in Bangalore on Saturday. Brahm Prakash partnered the Jim Foley-trainee to victory.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Rare Gem Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (6-7-9) Andreyev (C. Alford) 1; Gris-ogono 2; Bold Connection 3. Won by: 9; 1-1/4; (1-16.6). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 12; 16; 173; Quinella: 55; Tanala: 1,829. Fav: Andreyev (6).

2. Malakpet Plate 1,600m: (8-4-1) Storm Boy (Shelar) 1; Pleasantville 2; Prime Target 3. Not run: Paris Lights (2). Won by: 3/4; Nk; (1-46.7). Tote: Win Rs 67; Place: 16; 22; 10; Quinella: 165; Tanala: 1,174. Fav: Prime Target (1).

3. Sardar Khan Memorial Plate 1,400m: (2-8-4) La Unique (Kader) 1; Tattoo 2; State Treasure 3. Won by: 4; 3-3/4; (1-30.2). Tote: Win Rs 35; Place: 14; 29; 12; Quinella: 259; Tanala: 860. Fav: State Treasure (4).

4. Karnataka Cup 1,600m: (8-2-3) Splendid Pride (Prakash) 1; Alchemy 2; Carnival Flair 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 1-1/2; (1-43.3). Tote: Win Rs 36; Place: 15; 12; 70; Quinella: 26; Tanala: 1,286. Fav: Alchemy (2).

5. Cauvery Silver Vase 1,200m: (1-4-9) Anna Pavlova (Bajrang) 1; Carnival Craze 2; Soldier Of Fortune 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 9; (1-21.3). Tote: Win Rs 27; Place: 14; 22; 26; Quinella: 112; Tanala: 688. Fav: Pearl Crown (3).

6. Tudor Jet Plate 1,400m: (10-1-8) Femme Fatale (Ravinder) 1; Tudor King 2; Aracruz 3. Won by: 8-1/2; 1-1/4; (1-34.8). Tote: Win Rs 32; Place: 12; 13; 43; Quinella: 30; Tanala: 566. Fav: Tudor King (1).

7. Rare Gem Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (8-7-9) Set Aside (Ruzaan) 1; Krishna Priya 2; Silver Toy 3. Won by: 8; 1-1/4; (1-21.1). Tote: Win Rs 22; Place: 13; 14; 29; Quinella: 41; Tanala: 198. Fav: Set Aside (8).

Jackpot: Rs 1,702; (C) Rs 317.

Treble: (i) Rs 1,154; (ii) Rs 227.

Note: Dr. Arvind S. Godbole, a veterinary surgeon in Royal Calcutta Turf Club (RCTC) before migrating to Mumbai, passed away early this week, according to Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) sources.    


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