‘Opt-out’ message for tainted stars likely
Omollo saves day for Bagan
Bhratri win 4-0
BTTA’s new age fromula
‘I want to come out stronger’
Deep Blue for Wadia Trophy

Calcutta, Aug. 19: 
The Board doesn’t wish to “precipitate matters,” right now, but if the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) interim report is delayed, an unofficial “message” may head the tainted players’ way: Opt out.

The CBI is probing the possible involvement of Indian cricketers and/or officials in match-fixing. Inquiries began in early-May.

According to well-placed sources of The Telegraph, if it comes to that, the “message” will be conveyed as the date for the mini-World Cup (Nairobi, October 3-15) selection nears. The selectors should meet any day between September 15-20.

The conveying of any “message” will, obviously, be a departure from the Board’s stated position as of now: Everybody is innocent till chargesheeted/proved guilty.

“As the Toronto engagement (versus Pakistan, September 9-17) is off, there’s no immediate pressure on the Board. Also, the CBI report should be in by mid-September. The Board, therefore, will take some initiative only if that interim report is delayed,” informed a source.

[Incidentally, even if the promoters offer the Board an alternative, to Pakistan, the Indian team will not head for Toronto.]

The Board’s initiative, one understands, could well be in the form of a “message” to the three current India players under investigation — Mohammed Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja and Nikhil Chopra.

Of course, the Board does have a vested interest in not wishing to “precipitate matters” right now.

After all, any move which excludes administrators (who have been raided and are under investigation), won’t be well received in any quarter. Least of all by the government in general, and Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa in particular.

Kapil Dev is in much the same boat as the Azhar-Jadeja-Chopra trio, but the coach’s issue should get resolved by mid-September. By (indirectly) offering to go, if the Board wants it that way, Kapil has already made the Board’s job easier.

It is learnt the Board’s working committee, which meets in Bangalore tomorrow, will “authorise” president A.C. Muthiah to have a one-to-one with Kapil.

Board moves on the Kapil front — odds on his being retained are sky-high — will, officially, only get underway after that.

The one-to-one has been necessitated by Kapil’s remarks to a foreign news agency yesterday (excerpted, as it turns out by an Indian service).

Not so much that the national coach will sever all ties with cricket once this assignment ends, but his having branded the Board as being run unprofessionally.

While there is a case for the Board to be managed in the manner in which, say, the Australian Cricket Board is run, the timing of this one comment has infuriated the Board.

In fact, Muthiah made his and the Board’s displeasure known to the Media in Bangalore, this evening: “Each one has the liberty to say what he likes in this country... Freedom of speech... In what context has he (Kapil) said we aren’t professionals?

“Maybe, as we are all honorary office-bearers, that’s why... Is he saying that we have not been taking action based on professional advice? We would like to hear it from him.”

Privately, sources within the Board are “pleased” with the rest of what Kapil stated — specific to his disenchantment, that is — but, even there, some feel he should straightaway have offered to quit.

Kapil will probably have something to say to that. It does appear, then, that this break in partnership will not be as amicable as it seemed yesterday.

Though no contract has been signed, Kapil’s appointment (last September) was for two years. Now, there’s talk the Board will favour getting somebody from overseas.

One name doing the rounds is that of Rodney Marsh.    

Calcutta, Aug. 19: 

Samuel Omollo rose above the rival defence to score from a 42nd-minute header as Mohun Bagan completed their Super Division first-leg engagements with a 1-0 win over George Telegraph today.

The win kept them in the second spot with 23 points from nine matches, two short of East Bengal, but once again unveiled the chinks in their armour, finishing ineptitude being the major one.

It may have gone unnoticed with one Jose Ramirez Barreto bailing them out in almost every match. But today the Brazilain was out with two yellow cards and the desperation to do somehting without him became evident right from the start.

Their midfield — after Basudeb Mondal’s return from England, R.P. Singh’s recovery from injury and the renewal of faith in Satyajit Chatterjee — is looking enterprising and today wasted no time in taking control.

But what was looking sharp and clever near the centre-circle turned clumsy and confused once the ball reached the penalty area and the inability to convert chances into goals surfaced again, much to the dismay of the coach.

Striker Joao Dos Santos, showing a lot of urge to do well without demonstrating the necessary skills, had another disappointing outing. One of his shots really tested the ’keeper but despite being at the right place at the right time on several occasions, this Brazilian failed to take advantage. One R.C. Prakash corss, that rolled between his legs with the custodian helplessly placed, capped the listeless show..

Prakash, who did send in a few crosses, lost all his good touches once inside the box and drove into the goalkeeper from hand-shaking distance after being set up by Santos in the 65th minute. Basudeb missed the chance of the day, minutes before close, shooting wide with an open goal staring him in the face.

Omollo’s goal came when a scoreless first half seemed inevitable. The deep defender, having surged forward a couple of times earlier, followed the ball till the last second and timed his jump to perfection to meet R.P. Singh’s deep cross from the left and scored from a difficult angle.


MOHUN BAGAN: Rajat Ghosh Dastidar; Hussain Mustafi, Samuel Omollo, M. Suresh, Lolendra Singh; Satyajit Chatterjee, James Singh (Jayanta Sen, 57, Dulal Biswas, 89), Basudeb Mondal, R.P. Singh, R.C. Prakash, Joao Dos Santos.

GEORGE TELEGRAPH: Hasan Ali Molla; Shishir Ghosh, Amritalal Biswas, Sujit Niyogi, Kutubuddin Sepai, Ashish Das, Snehanshu Rudra, Swarup Chatterjee (Azad Ali Mallik, 60), Gourab Dutta; Pratap Senapati (Prasanta Chakraborty, 85), Lalbhulaiya (Arunava Sarkar, 48).

Referee: Partha Rauth Roy.    

Calcutta, Aug. 19: 
Abdul Sadiq’s brace powered Bhratri Sangha to a 4-0 win over CFC in a first division group A match of the Calcutta Football League. Raja Biswas and Adele were th other scorers.

Howrah Union beat Behala Youth via a Pallab Guha goal, while Bata Sports and Eastern Coalfield drew 1-1. Tapas Das scored for Bata and Lakshman Ghosh for Eastern Coalfield.

OTHER RESULTS:Second div. championship play-off: Tangra FC bt Young Bengal 1-0. 3rd div. relegation play-off: Garden Reach AC drew Suburban Club 1-1; Bani Niketan drew Uttarpara SC 0-0.

Calcutta Cup rugby

LMOB Blacks and CFC meet in the Calcutta Cup rugby meet final Saturday. In the semis, LMOB Blacks beat Calcutta Police 40-0 and CCFC thrashed Future Hope 43-0.

Brothers cross Strait

The Ghadge brothers, Balasaheb, Ganesh and Vinod, crossed the Gibraltar Strait last Sunday from Tarifa Island in Spain to Punta Cires in Morocco, adds PTI from Mumbai.    

Calcutta, Aug. 19: 
The Bengal Table Tennis Association (BTTA), in an attempt to put an end to the age-related controversy, has decided to initiate a move by which the exact age of all state players will be decided by a neutral body.

After its executive council meeting, a top BTTA official said the body will conduct medical tests through appropriate agencies.

He added that the TTFI will be requested to complete its own tests at an early stage of the annual calendar so that the issue does not create problems mid-season.

BTTA president Somnath Chatterjee said the state body will stop being “hostile” towards the TTFI in the “interest of players” but will not take it lying down in case of any discrimination.

It was announced that Soumyajit Sarkar, at the centre of the controversy, will be examined by SAI doctors.

The 66th state meet is likely to be in Haldia from October 26 to 31. The East Zone meet will be played here from November 1 to 5.    

Bangalore, Aug. 19: 
Former ICC chief Jagmohan Dalmiya reacting to Kapil Dev’s outburst yesterday in New Delhi expressing his desire to have nothing to do with the game, said: “He is a great cricketer, but it is the individual’s (Kapil’s) remarks.”

“I am shamelessly hanging around since I want to prove that I am innocent.. you want yto come out stronger,” he told reporters here.    

An easy winner in her debut run, Deep Blue may repeat the performance in the F. D. Wadia Trophy on Sunday. R.Pandey partners the Todywalla-ward.


1.45 pm: Russian Czar 1. That’s Momentum 2. Jonty’s Pal 3.

2.15 pm: Mariazella 1. Helianthus 2.Dalsinghar 3.

2.45 pm: Equity 1. Tim Tom 2. Mohican 3.

3.15 pm: Country Cousin 1. Soul Mate 2. Arabian Fighter 3.

3.45 pm: Deep Blue 1. Master Honey2. Princess Xena 3.

4.15 pm: Boy George 1. Heartbreaker 2. Arabian Commander 3.

4.45 pm: Voice of Freedom 1. Very Beautiful 2 Tagamet 3.

Day’s Best: Deep Blue

Double: Russian Czar & Country Cousin


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Morning Mist Plate 1,600m: (2-4-1) Yukon (M. Narredu) 1; Crowning Moment 2; Seville Star 3. Won by: 1; 9-1/2; (1-41.4). Tote: Win Rs 22; Place: 12; 12; 15; Quinella: 16; Tanala: 59. Fav: Yukon (2).

2. Potential Champion Trophy 2,000m: (3-4-6) Dominant Force (Prakash) 1; Runaway Bay 2; Twist Afleet 2. Won by: 9-1/2; SH; (2-7.1). Tote: Win Rs 16; Place: 15; 18; Quinella: 21; Tanala: 45. Fav: Dominant Force (3).

3. Diamond Shower Plate 1,600m: (5-9-1) Altiama (Rajendra) 1; Orange King 2; Legendary Lover 3. Won by: 5-1/2; 3-1/2; (1-41.3). Tote: Rs 19; Place: 12; 16; 19; Quinella: 53; Tanala: 145. Fav: Altiama (5).

4. Adam’s Glory Plate 1,400m: (12-9-1) Sedona (Rajendra) 1; Machrihanish 2; Bound By Honour 3. Won by: 1/2; Dist; (1-27.1). Tote: Win Rs 31; Place: 13; 13; 20; Quinella: 25; Tanala: 142. Fav: Machrihanish (9).

5. Sir Bruce Trophy 1,000m: (3-2-5) Tazo (Rajendra) 1; Shirley Valentine 2; Snow Star 3. Won by: 3/4; 4-3/4; (1-0.8). Tote: Win Rs 14; Place: 10; 12; 34; Quinella: 15; Tanala: 115. Fav: Tazo (3).

6. Poliche Plate 1,400m: (5-4-13) Silver Rock (Bajrang) 1; Batroyale 2; Armando 3. Won by: Nk; 1/2; (1-29.1). Tote: Win Rs 133; Place: 33; 19; 257; Quinella: 196; Tanala: 40,054. Fav: Batroyale (4).

7. Sun King Plate 1,100m: (5-2-6) Peace March (Rathore) 1; Raise A Toast 2; Fury 3. Won by: 2-1/2; 2-1/2; (1-8.4). Tote: Win Rs 47; Place: 19; 30; 27; Quinella: 125; Tanala: 1,511. Fav: Peace March (5).

Jackpot: Rs 2,987; (C) Rs 274.

Treble: (i) Rs 88; (ii) Rs 527.    


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