Sourav hopes John Wright will have the Dav Whatmore effect
Kalmadi remains IOA president
Churchill halt EB’s unbeaten run
Ranabir, Mythili emerge best
Bengal in driver’s seat vs Assam
Natl aquatics from tomorrow
Calcutta Races/Singh brothers bag Day 1 honours
Calcutta Races
Hyderabad Races/Golden Carp best on form
Bangalore Races

 
 
SOURAV HOPES JOHN WRIGHT WILL HAVE THE DAV WHATMORE EFFECT 
 
 
FROM LOKENDRA PRATAP SAHI
 
Mumbai, Nov. 3: 
Sourav Ganguly, the Indian captain, is hoping coach-designate John Wright will have the Dav Whatmore-effect.

In his first innings as Sri Lanka coach, Whatmore plotted the 1996 World Cup win and, in innings No. 2 (which began last year), has helped them recover superbly from a down-in-the-dumps position.

Wright, a former New Zealand captain who coached Kent for four straight summers, takes charge ahead of the first home Test this season, versus Zimbabwe in New Delhi, from November 18.

“All of us are aware of the difference made by Whatmore, in the Lankan team... Hopefully, there will be a change in India as well... In any case, with an overseas coach, things should be different,” Sourav told The Telegraph.

In town to collect the Ceat International Cricketer of the Year (1999-2000) award, presented by RPG Group vice-chairman Sanjiv Goenka this evening, Sourav added: “I’ve seen Wright at Kent, this summer, and was impressed by what one saw sitting on the sidelines... The training sessions, the fielding drills he initiated...”

Sourav, significantly, was consulted twice before the Board announced Wright’s appointment last evening — on Tuesday afternoon, after Day-I of the Geoff Marsh interview, and earlier as well.

The views of vice-captain Rahul Dravid and senior pro Sachin Tendulkar were also sought on that first occasion. For an otherwise bumbling Board, this has been a good move.

Sourav, though, is wary of any impression gaining ground that he had the biggest say (among players) in Wright’s appoint- ment.

Talking generally, Sourav remarked that being bestowed “any international award” was an honour. Previous recepients have been Brian Lara, Venkatesh Prasad, Sanath Jayasuriya and Jacques Kallis.

[The International Team award went to Australia and was received by Allan Border, Test cricket’s most prolific batsman. The Australian Cricket Board deputed Border, a national selector, as captain Steve Waugh is focussing on the up-coming West Indies series.]

Predictably, Sourav didn’t comment on the Board-imposed bans. “Not my subject, and it’s too sensitive,” he pleaded.

Turning a bit specific, Sourav maintained the current team would deliver and hoped the Sharjah (final) debacle would be quickly forgotten “as a bad dream.” He added: “I’m happy the selectors have kept faith even in those who didn’t fare as well in Sharjah as they had in Nairobi.”

It’s going to help that the next set of engagements are against Bangladesh (one-off Test in Dhaka) and Zimbabwe (Tests and one-dayers, at home). But while Sourav did point out “Test runs remain Test runs”, he acknowledged that the performance versus Bangladesh shouldn’t be used as a yardstick.

In a rebuilding phase, however, one could do with every win.

Border, incidentally, praised the Indian team. “Making the finals of two successive tournaments (Nairobi and Sharjah) is no small achievement. India have a young team and a young captain... It should do well.”

This Border-boost has been perfectly timed.    


 
 
KALMADI REMAINS IOA PRESIDENT 
 
 
FROM A CORRESPONDENT
 
New Delhi, Nov. 3: 
The much-hyped IOA elections turned out to be a case of much ado about nothing. The Abhay Chautala threat was neutralised by some hectic political manoeuvring. Chautala, too, was reportedly unhappy with some prominent IOA officials who pushed him into the fray and then backed out. So he decided to keep himself away.

The existing IOA office-bearers thus retained their posts unanimously. Suresh Kalmadi will continue to be the IOA president. Quite expectedly Randhir Singh was nominated as secretary-general and Raj Chopra as treasurer.

Former president B.S. Adityan along with Ashwini Kumar have been made life presidents. R.K. Khanna was nominated along with Dr R.L. Anand as advisers to the IOA. The Union sports minister, S.S. Dhindsa, who is also the president of the Cycling Federation of India, has been chosen as an executive council member.

Bengal’s Asoke Ghosh has been nominated as chairman of the newly founded corporate sector coordination commission.    


 
 
CHURCHILL HALT EB’S UNBEATEN RUN 
 
 
FROM A CORRESPONDENT
 
New Delhi, Nov. 3: 
Churchill 2 East bengal 1
Jct 2 Muktijoddha 0

It was a double blow for East Bengal in the Allwyn Durand Cup today.

They suffered their first defeat of the season, losing 1-2 to Churchill Brothers in a group 2 quarter final league match. Then, ace defender Deepak Mondal suffered an injury on his forehead, following a collision with Stephen Abarowei, which required five stitches. Coach Syed Nayeemuddin said Mondal will miss the crucial match against JCT on Sunday.

There was another setback for the Calcutta team when Ghanaian striker Siva Mumumi limped off after 13 minutes.

Midfielder Jose Colaco opened scoring for the Goans in the 24th minute and stopper Osumanu Husseini converted a free-kick in the 30th. East Bengal reduced in the 53rd minute through a free-kick from Chandan Das.

The win helped Churchill reach the Durand semi-finals for the first time. They now top the group with six points from two matches and also have a healthy goal difference of plus four.

East Bengal and JCT are joint-second with three points each from two matches. However, the Calcutta League champions have a superior goal difference and need just a draw to advance to the semi-finals. Muktijoddha have been eliminated following two losses.

Nayeem feels that this match should not be seen as a setback but as a wake-up call. He is confident of a comeback. The ‘Dronacharya’ felt that the early injuries upset his plan. Mondal’s absence was severely felt as with his speed, anticipation and reflexes, Mondal was neutralising the threat of Abarowei.

The injury occured in the second minute. Following a Noel Wilson lob, Stephen and Mondal jumped for the ball. Mondal claimed that Stephen struck him with his elbow. However, Stephen said Mondal’s forehead struck the back of his head.

Substitute Anit Ghosh tucked in as central midfielder and Dipendu Biswas moved up. Attacks from the left became sporadic, as left-back Ratan Singh, who is not fully fit, rarely overlapped. Maybe it would have been wiser to use Dipnakar Roy.

Falguni Dutta was all at sea in the midfield when he came in place of Mondal. The midfield became bereft of imagination and thrust with Suley Mussah falling back to help Jackson in defence.It was only with the introduction of veteran Tushar Rakshit at the hour that East Bengal took charge of the proceedings and brought back some variety in their attack.

In a clash of cousins, Noel Wilson had the distinct edge over Carlton Chapman, who headed out from six yards following a free kick in the 46th minute. East Bengal rejects Somatai Shaiza and Ajay Kumar Singh also excelled in midfield for Churchill.

Churchill scored the first goal due to some quick thinking by Abarowei. Sensing he could not outwit his marker, he passed back to Colaco and then body-blocked Jackson. Colaco let fly the volley from 20 yards out.

Eight minutes later, Noel feigned to pass to his right from a free kick and back-heeled to Ousmanu whose scorching shot bulged the net with the East Bengal wall in disarray.

In the 53rd minute, Chandan’s powerful free-kick from 30 yards out reduced the margin. The goal rejuvenated East Bengal. Prompt tries by overlapping Mussah and Jackson were blocked by goalkeeper Ansah. Falguni shot over, after some deft dribbling by Bijen. Tushar put Dipendu through but the latter delayed and his shot was blocked. Bijen took a back volley off the rebound which Ansah rushing back tipped over for a corner kick.

TEAMS

CHURCHILL BROTHERS: Edward Ansah, Rajesh Meetei, Ousmanu Husseini, Mahesh Gawli, Mir Farooq Haider, Noel Wilson, Ajay Singh (Kaustav Ghosh 78), Somatai Shaiza, Jose Colaco, Stephen Abarowei and Francis Silveira.

EAST BENGAL: Sangram Mukherjee, Sur Kumar Singh, Deepak Mondal (Falguni Dutta 25), Jackson Agyapong, Rattan Singh, Carlton Chapman (Tushar Rakshit 60), Suley Mussah, Chandan Das, Bijen Singh, Dipendu Biswas and Siba Mumuni (Anit Ghosh, 13).

Referee: Rizwan-Ul-Haq.

Muktijoddha outplayed

Muktijodha could not cope with JCT’s grit and committment who scored once in each half. At the half hour, Hardip Gill put Jagjit Randhawa through who shot from the right past goalkeeper Bijen Barua who was deceived by the bounce. Rampal scored the second in the 74th minute.

TEAMS

JCT: Arvind Kumar, Sukhdev Singh, Ranjit Singh, Kuldip Singh (Daljit singh 45), , Tarsem Lal, Hardip Saini, Harinder singh, Rampal, Hardip Sangha, Hardip Gill (Jaswinder Singh 45) and Jagjit Randhawa (Sukhjit Singh 77).

MUKTIJODDHA: Bijan Barua, Hasan Al Mamun, Mohd. Sujan, Rajni Kanta Burman, Masud Rana, Tusher, Arif Khan Joy (Nazarov Yorkin 61), Reazul karim Liton, Zulfiqar Mohd. Mintoo (Sawrav Raju 38, SM Asif Yousuf 67), Ariful Kabir Farhad and Saifur Rehman Moni.

Referee: S. Suresh

Saturday’s games: Mahindra United vs TFA; Mohun Bagan vs Salgaocar.    


 
 
RANABIR, MYTHILI EMERGE BEST 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Nov. 3: 
Ranabir Das of Bengal claimed the men’s singles title with a 20-22, 18-21, 16-21 win over statemate Anirban Nandy at the National Ranking table tennis championships (East), 2000, at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra today.

In the women’s singles final, an all-Tamil Nadu affair, M.S. Mythili prevailed 27-25, 27-25, 21-17 over N.R. Indu.

Earlier in the semis, Mythili upset top seed Mouma Das of Bengal 21-18, 15-21, 22-20, 21-10. Indu accounted for second seed Poulami Ghatak 7-21, 21-19, 22-20, 21-14.

For Anirban, who demolished top seed Arup Basak and Arjun Dutta en route to the final, the game was a disappointing one. His strong attacking play, buttressed by excellent board coverage was missing, if not erratic, today.

Ranabir adopted a counter-strategy to attack first, catching his opponent off guard. In the first game, Anirban was hardly allowed to make an early foray and most points he earned were the outcome of a long rally, where each was waiting for the other to commit a mistake.

Ranabir, a former junior national champion, came up trumps in the second game as well, with Anirban failing to convert the former’s loose returns into winners. As the third game began, Anirban appeared to lose concentration.

“I had expected a tougher fight since Anirban beat two of the pre-tournament favourites. But I decided not to allow him to play his style and always tried to take early initiatives,” Ranabir said.

The Mythili-Indu match could have been anyone’s, with both playing to potential. It was simply left to be seen who fumbled first.

In the first game, Mythili equalled the score at 16-all after trailing nine points to Indu’s 14. But an unenforced error, a smashed a loose volley into the net, allowed Indu to come back into the game.

In the tie-break, Mythili squandered as many as five leads. But it was not Indu’s day anyway as two successive shots went haywire to give Mythili the first game.

The second game went the same way. On 19-all, Indu’s smash into the net brought Mythili on the verge of gaining another game. But Indu claimed two successive points with beautifully executed volleys down the flank and extending it to another gruelling tie-breaker, which Mythili won.

She did not look back after that and took the third game 21-17.

“Indu is basically an offensive player. So I did not go in for the kill unless and until I was sure it was worth trying,” Mythili, two-time national champion, said.

In the sub-junior boys’ singles final, Nilay Basak of Bengal prevailed over Subhadip Das in a five-set cliffhanger while Madhurika Pathkar of Maharashtra defeated Tamil Nadu’s S. Sangeetha 23-21, 21-19, 25-23 to clinch the sub-juniors girls’ crown.

RESULTS

(singles finals): Men — Ranabir Das (Ben) bt Anirban Nandy (Ben) 22-20, 21-18, 21-16.
Women — M.S. Mythili (TN) bt N.R. Indu (TN) 27-25, 27-25, 21-17.
Sub-junior boys — Nilay Basak (Ben) bt Subhadip Das (Ben) 21-19, 13-21, 21-18, 15-21, 21-18.
Sub-junior girls — Madhurika Pathkar (Mah) bt S. Sangeetha (TN) 23-21, 21-19, 25-23.
   

 
 
BENGAL IN DRIVER’S SEAT VS ASSAM 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Nov. 3: 
Bengal today placed themselves in the driver’s seat against Assam on the opening day of their three-day Cooch Behar Trophy (under-19) tie at Eden Gardens.

Asked to make first use of the pitch, Bengal declared their first innings on 336 for four wickets with a couple of centuries, one each from Arindam Das (133) and Subhamoy Das (103).

Then the Bengal bowlers sent the visitors reeling under the shadow of a possible innings defeat, claiming five wickets for just 21 runs at stumps.

BRIEF SCORES: Bengal 336/4 dec. (Arindam Das 133, Subhamoy Das 103; 1/21). Assam 21/5 (Sabir Ali 2/13, Pinaki Majumdar 2/8).

Sayandev for Thimphu

The Bengal Tennis Association has nominated coach Sayandev Chakraborty for the Olympic Solidarity Level I tutors’ course to be held in Thimphu from Sunday to Friday. Sayandev, who has worked with Enrico Piperno , left for the Bhutan capital today.    

 
 
NATL AQUATICS FROM TOMORROW 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Nov. 3: 
The 55th national aquatics championship gets underway at the Subhas Sarobar pool Sunday. The six-day meet will feature over 700 swimmers, divers and waterpolo players.

With sponsors shunning the pool event, organisers Bengal Amateur Swimming Association (BASA) are struggling to make ends meet.

The “helping hand”, according to BASA secretary Ramanuj Mukhopadhyay, has come from Indian Oil and Industrial Investment Bank of India.

The sports department of the state government has organised free-of-cost accommodation for competitors and officials at the Salt Lake Stadium complex.

A 63-strong Bengal team for swimming, diving and waterpolo was released today.

Coinciding with the nationals, a Fina-organised clinic for technical officials of swimming, under the supervision of Japan’s Shinji Higashijima, will be held in the city. It will run from Saturday through Thursday at the SAI complex.

THE SQUADS

SWIMMING: Men — Soumak Naskar, Koushik Banerjee, Soumyadeep Bandyopadhyay, Sudip Basak, Subrata Nandy, Sudip Chatterjee, Saifuddin Laskar, Subrata Bhattacharjee, Subhankar Chhetri, Anupam Saha, Gouranga Mondal, Amit Mondal, Ashim Mondal, Biswajit Mondal, Biplab Dey, R. Banerjee.

Women — Rajashree Chakrabarty, Swagata Bose, Debjani Bhaduri, Sampa Das, Monica Mondal, Divya Chadha, Rupali Dey, Aparajita Pramanik, Mita Mallik, Putul Nandy, Somalina Roy, Santana Patra, Jhuma Naskar, Sadhana Dey, Chaitali Ghosh, Munmun Santra.

Coach: Ganesh Banerjee.

DIVING: Men — Basudeb Giri, Dibyendu Pramanik, Mahadeb Das.

Women — Mamoni Mondal, Mou Bhattacharjee.

Coach: Phani Datta.

WATERPOLO: Men — Tarakeswar Jadav, Uttam Paul, Nani Gopal Ghosh, Sanjoy Jaiswal, Debabrata Mallik, Ramen Roy, Goutam Paul, Soumen Das, Dhrubajyoti Mitra, Pradip Chowdhury, Sandip Bose, Dibyendu Das, Santanu Banerjee.

Coach: Saibal Shaw.

Women — Nanda Sardar, Juni Das, Puspa Banik, Priti Gupta, Purnima Paul, Arpita Nandy, Khusi Santra, Chhabi Dey, Mita Malo, Sreeja Majumdar, Sweety Santra, Suparna Biswas, Sima Nag.

Coach: Tapan Malakar.
   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACES/SINGH BROTHERS BAG DAY 1 HONOURS 
 
 
BY STAR RACER
 
Calcutta, Nov 3: 
The victory of five clear favourites in a frame of six gave a good start to the first day of the winter season today. Singh-brothers — trainers Vijay and Bharath — were the chief beneficiary winning five races between them. While jockey Cristopher Alford booted home three, Rabani and Amarpreet Singh also contributed to the cause of the two trainers. Races were held on the monsoon track owing to overnight rain which had effected the winter strip.

The noticeable thing during the afternoon was the controlled use of the whip. A feeling of compassion has, perhaps, led jockeys to use the stick discriminately. It was also a spontaneous effort as they went about mostly with gentle taps and reminders. The slight liberty taken by S. Rabani (on Lockers Park) under the watchful eyes of James Reuben — recently appointed for the specific job — did not go unnoticed. The Rs 500 fine slapped on Rabani was for a marginal error, however.    


 
 
CALCUTTA RACES 
 
 
BY STAR RACER
 
Calcutta, Nov 3: 

RESULTS

1. Sea Spray Handicap 1,200m: (4-2-3-1) Annalee (A. P. Singh) 1; Santillana (A. Imran) 2; Double Dancer (M. Reuben) 3; Airs Image (Upadhya) 4. Won by: 3/4; Dist; 7-1/2; (1-19.2). Tote: Win Rs 16; Place: 10; 13; Quinella: 14; Tanala: 68. Fav: Annalee (4). Winner trained by Vijay S.

2. Beauregard Cup 1,400m: (5-1-2-6) Lockers Park (Rabani) 1; Ace Of Spades (A. Imran) 1; Bul Bul (Locke) 3; Artifact (Amil) 4. Won by: 1/2; 5-1/2; 1-1/4; (1-31.1). Tote: Win Rs 24; Place: 12; 13; 18; Quinella: 23; Tanala: 109. Fav: Ace Of Spades (1). Winner trained by Bharath S.

3. Midnight Cowboy Cup 1,200m: (2-4-3) Treasurer (C. Alford) 1; No Surrender (M. Reuben) 2; Falconhead (Amil) 3. Not run: Freedom Dancer (1). Won by: 2; 2; (1-19.3). Tote: Win Rs 12; Quinella: 14. Fav: Treasurer (2). Winner trained by Vijay S.

4. Cally Handicap 1,100m: (3-7-1-2) Bird’s Empire (A. Imran) 1; Private Lives (Islam) 2; Armila (Locke) 3; Adeline (C. Alford) 4. Not run: Slice Of Life (4). Won by: 2; 1; 3; (1-14.3). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 13; 30; Quinella: 57; Tanala: 368. Fav: Bird’s Empire (3). Winner trained by Daniel.

5. Gold Span Handicap 1,100m: (2-5-3-8) Aracruz (C. Alford) 1; Ballet Master (A. Imran) 2; On The Bit (Connorton) 3; Natural Mover (Som S.) 4. Won by: 1-1/2; 1-1/4; 1/2; (1-12.3). Tote: Win Rs 12; Place: 10; 22; 16; Quinella: 45; Tanala: 124. Fav: Arac-ruz (2). Winner trained by Bharath S.

6. Leonidas Handicap 1,400m: (4-5-7-1) Fame Star (C. Alford) 1; Beau Bruno (Gowli) 2; Abstract (A. P. Singh) 3; Aragrove (A. Imran) 4. Won by: 4-1/4; 1/2; 1/2; (1-31.3). Tote: Win Rs 12; Place: 11; 23; 34; Quinella: 40; Tanala: 233. Fav: Fame Star (4). Winner trained by Vijay S.

Jackpot: Rs 99; (C) Rs 25.

Treble: (i) Rs 51; (ii) Rs 31.    

 
 
HYDERABAD RACES/GOLDEN CARP BEST ON FORM 
 
 
BY TITAN BOY
 
Hyderabad, Nov. 3: 
On her current form Golden Carp is taken to win the Andhra Pradesh Commemoration Cup over a 1,200m sprint, which takes the top spot in the seven-event races card at the Malakpet racecourse in Hyderabad. Jockey K. P Appu partners the three-year-old filly by Classic Sport out of Cold Chop.

SELECTIONS

1.45 pm: Petrushka 1. Repose 2. Intonation 3.
2.15 pm: Tippler 1. Desert Fox 2. Sun Beam 3.
2.45 pm: Speed Racer 1. Keep Battling 2. Disc Drive 3.
3.15 pm: Carlisle 1. Eminency 2. Flaming Doll 3.
3.45 pm: Golden Carp 1. Sugar Candy 2. Regal Rocket 3.
4.15 pm: Abbattale 1. Fabulous Gem 2. Prince Of Kazran 3.
4.45 pm: Cannon Time 1. Fair And Fancy 2. Ordinance 3.

Day’s Best: Golden Carp

Double: Tippler & Abbattale    

 
 
BANGALORE RACES 
 
 
FROM WILLIAM TELL
 
Bangalore, Nov. 3: 
The 36-Day Bangalore Winter Race Meet has now been brought down to 35 following the cancellation of the first day’s meet tomorrow due to paucity of entries. The season will now be held on Sunday.

Approximately 950 horses including 320 two-year-olds under 41 schoolers including new entrants Mr S. Ganapathy to train for MAM Ramaswamy and his family 2. Mr V. V. Abdullah to train horses owned by him and Mr Mansoor Hasan who has been granted an ‘A’ licence to train. The former jockey Ms Hema Bindhu has also been granted a private licence to train in Mysore exclusively for Mr Mehrooz Abadian. A total of 75 jockeys, including apprentices, will be seen in action.

The mount fee of jockeys has been enhanced from Rs 500 to Rs 750 per mount with immediate effect.    

 

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