Delayed Board letter may be the last straw for Kap
Tolly hold Bagan, to meet East Bengal in semis
YRC, Bangalore post easy wins
Rs 10,000 for umpire’s family
Paes drops to 113 in doubles
Al Dente wins main event
Track trials
Track trials

 
 
DELAYED BOARD LETTER MAY BE THE LAST STRAW FOR KAP 
 
 
BY LOKENDRA PRATAP SAHI
 
Calcutta, Sept.11: 
National coach Kapil Dev will “respond” tomorrow to a letter from the Board, asking him to take charge of the mini-World Cup specific conditioning camp in Chennai.


It would seem unusual for the incumbent coach to get such a communique but that, one learns, is established practice.

The camp for the October 3-15 tournament in Nairobi begins Thursday. The Board’s letter, then, hasn’t come at quite the right moment even though these aren’t perfectly normal times for Indian cricket.

In fact, this could well be the proverbial last straw for Kapil, who hasn’t been treated (by the Board) in the manner of icons. 

Till just a few days ago, confidants insisted he would quit the day one of the government agencies (the Central Bureau of Investigation or Income Tax) cleared him. On his terms, with head high.

Now, it appears, Kapil may do so even before any clearance comes through. Still, Kapil is the emotional sort and, so, mind-reading could be extremely hazardous.

“The Board faxed a letter to my office, around 5.30 pm. As I’ve been out, I haven’t seen it yet, but will do so once I’ve finished my day’s engagements (outside office). My response, therefore, will only be made known in the morning/afternoon,” Kapil told The Telegraph tonight.

Kapil, who was contacted on his mobile, remained pretty guarded throughout the conversation. However, it’s significant he has put off a formal response till tomorrow.

“You’re free to form your own opinion, but I’m not saying anything now... Aap khud samajh ke likh sakte hain. In any case, the Media knows things which even I don’t know,” Kapil said, surprisingly (given the stress he continues to be subjected to) rather good-humouredly.

Kapil even laughed and added: “I’m probably not helping you one bit, but if you’ve been waiting all these days, for a specific development, ek din aur ruk jaiye...” On the face of it, it does seem some reading between-the-lines is called for.

Of course, where Board sources are concerned, they emphasise much reading between-the-lines was called for with regard to Board president A.C.Muthiah’s statement yesterday: “We may invite Kapil to train the probables.”

It wouldn’t have amused Kapil one bit —- unless, even he views that as a potential face-saver —- but many in the Board look at it somewhat differently.

“That remark set the mood for saving everybody’s face; the prestige of all concerned. And, today, the Board actually sent a communique. In the circumstances, Kapil may himself decline to take charge —- a development which won’t force the Board’s hands,” a well-placed source pointed out.

Brave words but, in dealing with Kapil, the Board hasn’t cut an elegant figure.

In reality, the Board has been blowing hot-and-cold and many within are clearly unhappy with Muthiah’s handling of the coach-related episode. Either way, Kapil’s future ought to have been decided aeons ago.

Instead, the past three weeks, specially, have seen conflicting signals emanate from Chennai, Muthiah’s home turf. Specifically, from the time the Board’s working committee “authorised” him to settle the Kapil-issue.

The message, to the cricket fraternity and beyond, then, has been one of utter indecision.

It’s no secret an overwhelming majority of the Board officials/members want Kapil replaced, even though his appointment is till September 2001. Only, few expected the script to unfold the way it has.

Apparently, on a personal level, two (not one, as was reported in these columns Sunday) high-profile Union ministers have been lobbying for Kapil to be treated with “respect.”

For the Board, that’s been pressure of a different kind from the sort exerted by Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Shahnawaz Hussain.

Incidentally, sources insist Kapil and Muthiah were to have had a one-to-one in Chennai, today, even though Kapil said something to the contrary. 

The source did, however, acknowledge no “formal invitation” was sent to Kapil. 


 
 
TOLLY HOLD BAGAN, TO MEET EAST BENGAL IN SEMIS 
 
 
FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Sept. 11: 
Tollygunge 1
Mohun Bagan 1


Mohun Bagan had little apart from reputation to protect in today’s IFA Shield group B match against Tollygunge Agragami. Having already made the semis as group toppers, they started without three regulars but were forced to summon all of them to salvage a 1-1 draw at the Salt Lake Stadium.

Jose Ramirez Barreto, one of the substitutes, played the saviour’s role yet again. The Brazilian’s 79th-minute equaliser helped his team avoid back-to-back defeats against Tollygunge after the 1-2 disaster in the Super Division championship leg clash last fortnight. Mohun Bagan thus finished with seven points.

Tollygunge, who were leading by Bhabani Mohanty’s 14th-minute strike, tallied three points to ensure them the second semi-final spot from group B. They will meet East Bengal Wednesday. Mohun Bagan’s likely opponents in Thursday’s second semi-final are JCT, who need a draw against Port Trust to advance.

With the club secretary continuing as coach in the absence of Shankar Moitra, Tollygunge made their intentions clear from the word go — lining up five men in defence. In Barreto’s absence, there was no serious pressure on the Tollygunge defence. The odd cross did come floating, but they didn’t have to contend with too many moves down the middle.

Tollygunge took the lead against the run of play. Following Temjen Kibang’s corner from right, Mohanty stole into the box and evaded all markers to score with a sharp header.

Coach Subrata Bhattacharya was forced to admit that his fragile defence may land the team in trouble as it pursues bigger goals.

Mohun Bagan started showing some urgency in the second half and their task was made easier by the withdrawal of Abayomi Felix. The Nigerian’s absence in front of the box was felt as it became easier for Mohun Bagan to get into danger zone.

They did create a few chances in this period and the woodwork frustrated them twice. The goal resulted from Mohun Bagan’s numerical superiority inside the box following a corner and was the Brazilian’s fourth goal of the meet.

It was certainly not the prettiest of goals, but it once again underlined the fact that Mohun Bagan can’t afford to keep Barreto on the bench.

TEAMS

TOLLYGUNGE AGRAGAMI: Prasanta Dora; Temjen Kibang (Madhusudan Majumdar, 88), Satish Bharti, Debasish Pal Chowdhury, Partha Sarathi Dey, Napolean Singh; Bhabani Mohanty, Sandip Das, Sasthi Duley, Abayomi Felix (Samson Singh, 62); Abdulatif Seriki.

MOHUN BAGAN: Sandip Nandy; Hussain Mustafi (Jose Ramirez Barreto, 31), Samuel Omollo, M. Suresh, Lolendra Singh (Debjit Ghosh, 72); R.P. Singh (Satyajit Chatterjee, 57), Basudeb Mondal, Dulal Biswas, Rennedy Singh; R.C. Prakash, Joao Dos Santos.

Referee: S.M. Balu (Karnataka) 


 
 
YRC, BANGALORE POST EASY WINS 
 
 
FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Sept. 11: 
Young Rugby Club (YRC) and Bangalore posted thumping wins in the All India & South East Asia rugby meet at CCFC today. YRC thrashed Hammers 43-0, while Bangalore routed Orissa 41-0.


Ryan Browne hit home three tries for YRC, with B. Grey, E Gomes, S. Alam and R. Ray getting one each. E. Gomes scored from four conversions.

Jeffery was the Bangalore catalyst, scoring from two tries and three conversions. Girish Gowda, Hamos, Tarun, Arthur and Bainbas chipped in with a try each.

Arnab, Nabanita to lead

Arnab Roy Chowdhury and Nabanita Bhowmick will lead Bengal boys and girls in the 14th national sub-junior gymnastics championship beginning in Kozhikode tomorrow.

THE SQUADS

BOYS: Arnab Roy Chowdhury (captain), Subhadeep Adhikari, Tanmoy Ojha, Manas Roy, Partha Mondal, Samir Baran Debnath, Siddhartha Bhattacharya. Coach: Prabir Biswasd. GIRLS: Nabanita Bhowmick (captain), Jhinuk Basu, Moumita Ghosh, Priti Das, Kasturi Sinha Roy, Sona Mondal, Sucharita Bag. Coach: Asoke Roy.

Double for Manohar

B. Manohar Kumar won a double in the Oriental Insurance table tennis meet. He beat Sharad Grover 21-16, 21-13, 22-20 in singles final. Manohar and H. Puthran then tamed Anupam Bathra and Rakesh Kaushal 21-10, 21-18.

Ruchi Pandoh of North beat South’s T. Madhavi 21-13, 21-10, 21-10 for the women’s title. Madhavi and Lata Laxman downed Central’s Archana Athley and Vineeta Joshi in the doubled final. 


 
 
RS 10,000 FOR UMPIRE’S FAMILY 
 
 
FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Sept. 11: 
The Umpires of CAB, the body of local umpires, has donated Rs 10,000 to the family of late Samiran Banerjee. Banerjee, a former state-panel umpire, passed away August 31. He is survived by his wife and a son. 

 
 
PAES DROPS TO 113 IN DOUBLES 
 
 
FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Sept. 11: 
At the end of 1999, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi were top of the heap in world of doubles. Having made history by becoming the first team in 47 years to feature in all four Grand Slam finals, the Indians were No. 1 in team rankings and occupied the top two spots in the individual list.


Nine months down the line, the Indian Express is tottering. Having gone through serious injuries and a temporary break-up, Paes-Bhupathi are back on track but struggling to keep afloat.

The first-round loss at the US Open has led to a massive drop in ranking. In the latest list issued by the ATP Tour today, Paes is No. 113 (496 points) and Bhupathi 58 (977 points). And they are nowhere in the scene as far as team rankings are concerned, having played just two events together this year.

With Bhupathi’s shoulder playing up again, forcing them to skip this week’s President’s Cup in Tashkent, the question doing the rounds is: Will they ever be the force they once were?

They are going to Sydney this week, but won’t be seeded for sure. Effort won’t be at a premium from Paes and Bhupathi as they chase the Olympic dream, but a cruel draw could crush medal hopes quite early. 


 
 
AL DENTE WINS MAIN EVENT 
 
 
BY HONKY DORY
 
 
Jockey S. Rajesh partnered the D. Byramji-trained four-year-old filly Al Dente an easy victory in the Southern Command Gold Trophy, at the Pune races on Sunday.

RESULTS

(With inter-state dividends) 1. Kartouche Plate 2,000m: (3-2-4) Ride The Lightning (Rajendra) 1; Chance 2; Saytarra 3. Won by: 3/4; 2; (2-9.6). Tote: Win Rs 21; Place: 12 31; Quinella: 62; Tanala: 216. Fav: Momentous Mover (1).

2. Red Success Plate 2,000m: (2-1-6) Prabhuti (Ruzaan) 1; Supreme Excellence 2; Afro 3. Won by: 3-1/4; Dist; (2-9.6). Tote: Win Rs 17; Place: 11; 16; 89; Quinella: 37; Tanala: 990. Fav: Prabhuti (2).

3. Double Dan Plate 1,400m: (2-7-8) High Voltage (Nayak) 1; Smart Hunter 2; Flirtatious 3. Won by: 4; SH; (1-28.7). Tote: Win Rs 203; Pla-ce: 59; 27; 77; Quinella: 599; Tanala: 40,689. Fav: Capri Classic (4).

4. Vasudha Plate 1,400m: (4-13-6) Fabulous Fortune (Ruzaan) 1; The Proletarian 2; Wild Heart 3. Won by: 3/4; 1-1/4; (1-27.5). Tote: Win Rs 59; Place: 21; 13; 27; Quinella: 77; Tanala: 761. Fav: The Proletarian (13). (Note: The jockey of The Proletarian survived objection by the rider of Wild Heart).

5. Southern Command Gold Trophy 1,600m: (9-7-3) Al Dente (Rajesh) 1; Top Mover 2; Regal Equity 3. Won by: 1/2; 1-1/4; (1-40.5). Tote: Win Rs 37; Place: 19; 25; 22; Quinella: 220; Tanala: 1,561. Fav: Al Dente (9).

6. Glasnost Plate 1,100m: (1-11-2) Gulmohor (Bhati) 1; Adam’s Touch 2; Queen Of Romance 3. Not run: Coronado (3) & Winning Melody (14). Won by: Nk; 2-3/4; (1-8.4). Tote: Win Rs 33; Place: 15; 14; 13; Quinella: 41; Tanala: 164. Fav: Adam’s Touch (11).

7. El Bravo Plate 1,200m: (6-4-9) Adam’s Legend (M. Narredu) 1; Draculla 2; Amber Wine 3. Won by: 1-1/4; Nk; (1-14.2). Tote: Win Rs 33; Place: 17; 26; 24; Quinella: 131; Tanala: 1,166. Fav: Adam’s Legend (6).

Jackpot: Rs 1,87,259 (C) Rs 12,484.

Treble: (i) Rs 2,460; (ii) Rs 807. 


 
 
TRACK TRIALS 
 
 
 
 
On Saturday, outer sand track 800m: Tanganyika (Haroon) in 1-1 3/5s; (400m) 28s. Alastar (Amil) and Special Sovereign (A. P. Singh) in 1-1s; (400m) 28s. Former far superior. Balck Mane (Haroon) and Flying Power (Amjad ) in 57s; (400m) 28s. Former 2 ls better. Constantine (Amjad) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Good. Staffordshire (Akhtar) in 55s; (400m) 26s. Easy. Dominate (Gowli) in 1-0s; (400m) 28s. Storm Centre (Engin-eer) in 59s; (400m) 26s. The Stud (Connorton) in 59s; (400m) 26s. Pushed. No Regrets (M. Reuben) and Winning Hand (Rb) 56s; (400m) 25s. Both level.

Monsoon track

800m: Ashbury (Rb) and Analyzer (Brij) in 55s; (400m) 25s. Both level. Hurricane Star (Connorton) in 59s; (400m) 26 2/5s. Sky Command (Som) in 52s; (400m) 24s. Note. Global Harmony (Som) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Kargil Soldier (Connorton) and Azvavour (Rb) in 55s; (400m) 25s. Both level. Mameena (Connorton) in 54s; (400m) 24s. Moved well.

600m: Abstract (Rb) and Iron Warrior (Rb) in 41s; (400m) 24s. Both level. 400m: Friendly Knight (Som) in 26s. Consul’s Secret (Som) in 24s. Swingtime (Som) in 27s.

Sand track

800m: Crest Star (Amjad) in 56s; (400m) 25s. Handy. Eau Savage (M. Reuben) in 53s; (400m) 23s. Note. Silver Raising (Akhtar) in 59s; (400m) 25s. Easy. Tequila Shot (Rb) in 57s; (400m) 26s. Sky Hawk (Sher) in 57s; (400m) 25s. Airs Image (Gurang) in 1-2s; (400m) 27s. Royal Ruler (Rutherford) and Abstone Queen (P. Alford) in 57s; (400m) 25s. Both level. Ring Dancer (Rutherford) and Golden Express (K. Gurang) in 57s; (400m) 25s. Both level. Storm Trooper (Amjad) in 53s; (400m) 24s. Good. Prince Of War (Yadav) and Go With The Wind (Salim) in 54s; (400m) 24s. Easy. Arizona Star (Sher) in 56s; (400m) 24s. Fit. Mountain Memory (P. Alford) and Alborada (Gowli) in 54s; (400m) 25s. Former 4 ls better. American (Rutherford) and Defiance (Salim) in 55s; (400m) 24s. Former a length better. Remember The Day (Yadav) in 52s; (400m) 23s.Moved attractivekly.

600m: Optimum Choice (Yadav) in 39s; (400m) 23s. Note. Added Asset (Upadhya) in 46 2/5s; (400m) 27s. Easy.

400m: Floral Path (Rb) in 27s. Rock Falcon (Salim) in 26s. Scarlet Raider (Yadav) in 27s. Just Kidding (P. Alford) in 27s. 


 
 
TRACK TRIALS 
 
 
 
 
On Saturday, outer sand track 800m: Tanganyika (Haroon) in 1-1 3/5s; (400m) 28s. Alastar (Amil) and Special Sovereign (A. P. Singh) in 1-1s; (400m) 28s. Former far superior. Balck Mane (Haroon) and Flying Power (Amjad ) in 57s; (400m) 28s. Former 2 ls better. Constantine (Amjad) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Good. Staffordshire (Akhtar) in 55s; (400m) 26s. Easy. Dominate (Gowli) in 1-0s; (400m) 28s. Storm Centre (Engin-eer) in 59s; (400m) 26s. The Stud (Connorton) in 59s; (400m) 26s. Pushed. No Regrets (M. Reuben) and Winning Hand (Rb) 56s; (400m) 25s. Both level.

Monsoon track

800m: Ashbury (Rb) and Analyzer (Brij) in 55s; (400m) 25s. Both level. Hurricane Star (Connorton) in 59s; (400m) 26 2/5s. Sky Command (Som) in 52s; (400m) 24s. Note. Global Harmony (Som) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Kargil Soldier (Connorton) and Azvavour (Rb) in 55s; (400m) 25s. Both level. Mameena (Connorton) in 54s; (400m) 24s. Moved well.

600m: Abstract (Rb) and Iron Warrior (Rb) in 41s; (400m) 24s. Both level. 400m: Friendly Knight (Som) in 26s. Consul’s Secret (Som) in 24s. Swingtime (Som) in 27s.

Sand track

800m: Crest Star (Amjad) in 56s; (400m) 25s. Handy. Eau Savage (M. Reuben) in 53s; (400m) 23s. Note. Silver Raising (Akhtar) in 59s; (400m) 25s. Easy. Tequila Shot (Rb) in 57s; (400m) 26s. Sky Hawk (Sher) in 57s; (400m) 25s. Airs Image (Gurang) in 1-2s; (400m) 27s. Royal Ruler (Rutherford) and Abstone Queen (P. Alford) in 57s; (400m) 25s. Both level. Ring Dancer (Rutherford) and Golden Express (K. Gurang) in 57s; (400m) 25s. Both level. Storm Trooper (Amjad) in 53s; (400m) 24s. Good. Prince Of War (Yadav) and Go With The Wind (Salim) in 54s; (400m) 24s. Easy. Arizona Star (Sher) in 56s; (400m) 24s. Fit. Mountain Memory (P. Alford) and Alborada (Gowli) in 54s; (400m) 25s. Former 4 ls better. American (Rutherford) and Defiance (Salim) in 55s; (400m) 24s. Former a length better. Remember The Day (Yadav) in 52s; (400m) 23s.Moved attractivekly.

600m: Optimum Choice (Yadav) in 39s; (400m) 23s. Note. Added Asset (Upadhya) in 46 2/5s; (400m) 27s. Easy.

400m: Floral Path (Rb) in 27s. Rock Falcon (Salim) in 26s. Scarlet Raider (Yadav) in 27s. Just Kidding (P. Alford) in 27s. 

 

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