Palash likely to stay coach
Helping hand for sportspersons

 
 
PALASH LIKELY TO STAY COACH 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Oct. 23: 
Palash Nandy is expected to retain his position as coach of Bengalís senior team, according to sources in the CAB. Nandy, it may be recalled, was at the helm last season, which was one of the most disappointing ones for the state in recent times. Bengal qualified for the Super League after finishing third in the zone and then failed to advance further despite playing all four matches at home.

Cooch Behar squad

Bengal named a 15-member squad for the Cooch Behar Trophy tie against Orissa to be played at the Eden Gardens from Friday to Sunday. Ritesh Jaiswal was added to the 14 picked for the previous match, against Tripura, which ended in a draw in Agartala yesterday. Bengal earned five points for securing the first-innings lead. Tripura got three.

Bengal declared their second innings at 103 for four to set the hosts a victory-target of 201 and Tripura ended the match at 44 for three. Subhamoy Das made 46 in the Bengal second innings and Arindam Das 45.

THE SQUAD

Amitava Chakraborty (captain), Arindam Das, Subhamoy Das, Ayan Nandy, Aranyadeb Sarkar, Avishek Jhunjhunwala, Manavendra Yadav, Kaustuv Ray, Sabir Ali, Pinaki Majumdar, Sourasish Lahiri, Ritesh Jaiswal, Gaurav Sharma, Tanvir Hyder, Samad Akhtar.

Sponsor for jr meets

The CAB is set to rope in a sponsor for its junior and schools tournaments. The sponsorship amount is expected to be around Rs 25 lakh. The senior Bengal team, however, is yet to get a sponsor though officials are confident of getting one soon.

Meanwhile, the associationís working committee today empowered its president Jagmohan Dalmiya to negotiate in-stadia rights with a New Delhi-based company for international matches at the Eden Gardens.

The company, Sporting Frontier India Pvt Ltd, is seeking rights to inside-fencing advertisement hoardings for the next few international matches. The duration of the deal is yet to be worked out, but the CAB is expected to get Rs 75 lakh for each match. The first, a Test against Australia, will be played in March.

The Eden is also likely to host a one-dayer late next year and another Test in early 2002.    


 
 
HELPING HAND FOR SPORTSPERSONS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Oct. 23: 
The Howrah District Youth Forum extended a helping hand to young sportspersons today with kits and monthly scholarships at a function at the Calcutta Sports Journalistsí Club. Financial help was extended to a few clubs as well.

Among the young presented kits were 37 footballers, most of them from IFAís nursery division. Ten clubs received footballs, while two were given cricket kits.

In addition, three footballers and two cricketers were handed Rs 250 each as first instalments of year-long monthly scholarships and a football club and a cricket clinic were presented Rs 5,000 each. All recipients were from Howrah district. Among those present was former national football captain Sailen Manna.

Wrestling meet

About 100 wrestlers, including 15 women, are expected to take part in the Burabazar Bayam Samity-organised all-India wrestling meet to be held over the weekend. Menís competition will be held in eight categories and the women will fight for honours in six divisions. Jagdish Kali Raman in the menís draw and Sonika Kali Raman among women are the big names.    
 

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