Focus must stay on punishments
Utpal scripts 5-wkt win for Bengal
Bengal in command
Mahoob Khan wins
Title for Sanjay
Altimara may start as hot favourite
Mumbai tips

 
 
FOCUS MUST STAY ON PUNISHMENTS 
 
 
BY LOKENDRA PRATAP SAHI
 
Calcutta, Dec.9: 
Even as the world of cricket continues to talk of the most stringent match-fixing/nexus with bookies punishments ever handed out, two statements threaten to shift the focus away from where it should remain.

On the life ban on Mohammed Azharuddin and the five-year punishment on Ajay Jadeja —- a career-finishing ban, really, without being worded as such.

Both statements, in fact, have been wholly uncalled for —- particularly the one from the Naib Shahi Imam of the Fatehpuri Masjid.

The author of the other statement is former Union minister Kamal Morarka, who spoke in his capacity as one of three members of the Board’s disciplinary committee.

Referring to Azhar’s punishment, the Imam said: “The guilty must be punished. At the same time, this process of taking the guilty to task must be done in a manner whereby it does not raise fresh questions of inequity and partisan behaviour.

“The law must take its own course but, can we expect the law to be applied equally to all accused, without discrimination of grounds of religion?”

The Imam made a few other observations, in tune with what Azhar himself stated (“I’ve been victimised because I belong to a minority community”) back in June, after Hansie Cronje implicated him.

Azhar, it may be recalled, didn’t withdraw his remarks though he did belatedly clarify he didn’t intend to hurt anybody’s “sentiments.”

The unleashing of the minority-card wasn’t welcomed then; the Imam’s comments haven’t been received with open arms either.

Within the Board, there has been dismay at the aspersion cast, but no official has reacted (at least on record, when contacted by The Telegraph), as a response could lead to an unpleasant episode.

Suffice to say if considerations of community was to ever have been a factor, Azhar probably wouldn’t have been the India captain from January 1990 to August 1996 and, then, again from January 1998 to July 1999.

For the Board, though, the Imam’s views are an external problem. Internally, Morarka has done his unsettling-act. Incidentally, Morarka is also a Board vice-president.

“What was the big hurry to reach a decision on Tuesday itself?” Morarka asked the other day, still peeved that president A.C.Muthiah went ahead with the disciplinary committee meeting (in Chennai) and announced judgement in his absence.

Whatever Morarka’s reservations, somebody of his stature shouldn’t be seen as cribbing. Morarka, of course, has made matters worse by pointing out he isn’t happy “with the way” things have been handled.

This may encourage the Imam, for instance, to add to what he has already said. That, to put it mildly, will be most unfortunate.

Actually, this is the time for the Board to (unitedly) bask in the overwhelming appreciation that has greeted its action. Instead, even some influential members don’t appear too happy Muthiah is being given much of the credit.

Fact remains it’s Muthiah who was under enormous pressure, much more than any other official, and needs to be specially complimented for not bowing to a call (from even within the Board) that Jadeja only be banned for three years.

By not reacting to the Imam, the Board should avoid aggravating an external problem. But, what within?

It’s time, surely, for the Jagmohan Dalmiyas to spread the right word.

   

 
 
UTPAL SCRIPTS 5-WKT WIN FOR BENGAL 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Dec. 9: 
Utpal Chatterjee emerged the hero yet again as Bengal beat Bihar by five wickets in their penultimate Wills Trophy qualifier at the Eden today.

Bengal’s ‘Man with the Golden Arm’ returned figures of 5.2-2-3-4-5 as Bihar lost six wickets for four runs to be all out for 114.

The hosts did not quite cruise as Mihir Diwakar bowled an inspired spell but that was not enough to stop Bengal from winning by five wickets and with plenty of overs to spare.

The win put Bengal at par on points with Orissa and tomorrow’s clash between the two will decide the qualifier from East Zone for next season’s Wills Trophy.

Diwakar tested the batsmen with some lively outswingers. A tally of 34 extras (21 wides) eliminated chances of a close finish which did not seem impossible when Bengal lost their fourth wicket at 52.

Shukla likely to open

Bengal are likely to drop opener Arijit Bose and bring in leg-spinner Wrichik Mazumder for the match against Orissa. In that case, Laxmi Ratan Shukla will open with Nikhil Haldipur.

Assam beat Tripura

Assam beat Tripura by 35 runs at CC & FC to register their first win. Tripura ended their campaign with four staright defeats.

BRIEF SCORES: Assam 216/9 in 50 ovs (Sukhwinder Singh 41, Sumit Ranjan Das 36, Parag Das 36). Tripura 181 in 47.1 ovs ((Chetan Sachdev 76; Goutam Dutta 3/33). Assam won by 35 runs.

   

 
 
BENGAL IN COMMAND 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Dec. 9: 
Soujan Biswas and Avik Chowdhury put Bengal in a commanding position after Day II of the three-day Vijay Merchant Trophy tie versus Sikkim at the ECDSC ground today.

Off-spinner Biswas took eight for 25 to bowl out the visitors for 102 in their first innings which helped Bengal take a lead of 129.

Chowdhury then struck an unbeaten 101 and Soham Ghosh made 96 as Bengal declared their second innings at 246 for four with an overall lead of 375. Sikkim were 14 without loss in the second innings.

BRIEF SCORES: Bengal 231/3 decl. & 246/4 decl. (Avik Chowdhury 101 n.o., Soham Ghosh 96). Sikkim 102 (Soujan Biswas 8/25, Sourav Sarkar 2/35) & 14/0.

BNR triumph

BNR beat Town Club by five wickets on Day I of a CAB senior division league (two-day) match.

SUMMARISED SCORES

Town 119 (Arnab Ghosh 35 n.o.; Chiranjib Guha 4/15, Sanjay Chowbey 3/60). BNR 120/5 (Subhasish Sarkar 37 n.o.). BNR won by 5 wkts.

City AC 186 (Sandip Pal 67, Prabir Mukherjee 4/45, Sudipto Mukherjee 3/51). Sporting Union 115/2 (Prasanta Sinha Roy 45 n.o.).

Kalighat 329/9 (Safi Ahmed 79, Timir Chanda 68, Sounak Das 40; Kaushik Bhattacharya 4/122, Pulak Majumdar 4/81) vs Shibpur Institute.

East Bengal 360/7 (Ajoy Verma 136, Goutam Shome 54, Syed Saba Karim 44, Sudipto Ganguly 5/85) vs Ananda Bazar Patrika Sports Club.

Aikya Sammilani 270/8 (Mazhar Ali 80, Joydeep Karmakar 43, Tapan Behara 40) vs Burnpur CC.

Shyambazar 206/6 (Parimal Ghosh 54, Debdulal Majumdar 53 n.o., Sudip Palit 3/55).

Rangers 237 (Rajib Ranjan Dutta 81, Kenneth Sinha 43, I. Bari 4/29, I. Saxena 3/53, S. Mohanty 3/103). Paikpara 40/0.

Milan Samity 340/5 (Arindam Shome 75, Vijay Talreja 76, Bikramjit Bhowmick 77 n.o., Debabrata Banik 48) vs Rajasthan.

   

 
 
MAHOOB KHAN WINS 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Dec. 9: 
Dfr Mahoob Khan of the 61st Cavalry won the first and second prizes in the Open Dressage astride Rampese and Shogun, respectively, in The Telegraph-sponsored Eastern India Equestrian championship at the Tollygunge Club today.

The popular Pairs event was won by the team comprising Abhinav Bose on Black Rose and Sidharth Verma on Tomato, both representing Tollygunge Club.

Ajmer Singh of the Border Security Force and Karan Singh of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force tied for the top spot in the Individual Tent Pegging Event.

Ten-year old Ashry Butta, riding Tollygunge Club’s pony Ginger, stole the show in the Pony Cross Country Event.

The curtain comes down on the event tomorrow.

   

 
 
TITLE FOR SANJAY 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Dec. 9: 
Sanjay Kumar emerged best in the Rs 8.5 lakh Servo Masters Golf Open with a final-round card of four-under 68 in Digboi today.

According to information received here, Kumar ended with a ten-under 278, six ahead of Rahul Ganapathy. Calcutta’s Yusuf Ali finished third at two-under 286, followed by Praduman Guleria.

Junior golf

Seventy-five players will take part in the East India junior and sub-junior golf championships to be held at the RCGC from Tuesday to Friday.

   

 
 
ALTIMARA MAY START AS HOT FAVOURITE 
 
 
BY STAR RACER
 
Calcutta, Dec. 9: 
Christmas is still a fortnight away but it is christmas-time in the city racecourse tomorrow. Good fields in the seven-event-card and a score of outstation and overseas jockeys may give the day a festive look.

However, the cynosure of all eyes will be the filly Altimara who takes on a heavily male dominated field in the Calcutta 2,000 Guineas. The Razeen-Treasure’s Nest daughter is not the best rated horse in the field of 10 yet she may go to the start as a hot-favourite. An easy winner of the 1,000 Guineas, the Darius Byramji-trainee had earlier placed a good fourth in the Bangalore Derby. She may win her second classic in the hands of Aslam Kader.

Read as: Horse number, last four runs, horse name, trainer, jockey, weight & draw:

1st Race at 12.40 pm

Pilot Handicap 1,100m (Cl III, 5-y-o & over—Rated 44-72) — Indian jockeys only
1 - 000 Defiance [Karki] P. Kujur 60.0 7
2 1030 Abstract [Daniel] A. P. Singh 59.0 1
3 3340 Storm Centre [Rodrigues] M. Reuben 59.0 4
4 2302 Winning Hand [Javed] R. Gowli 58.0 6
5 - - 21 Mr. Bombshell [Daniel] A. Imran K. 57.5 2
6 - - 03 Sovereign Bullet [Daniel] G. Upadhya 56.5 5
7 ---- Starina [R. Alford] Rutherford A. 56.0 3
1. Mr. Bombshell (5) 2. Sovereign Bullet (6) 3. Winning Hand (4)
Mr. Bombshell: Up a class after his easy win. May score again.Sovereign Bullet: A speedster looking much improved. Winning Hand: May place.

2nd Race at 1.10 pm

Maharajadhiraja U. C. Mahtab Memorial Cup 2,000m (Cl I; Cl II eligible Rt. 66-94)
1 2421 Treasurer [Vijay] Surender S. 62.0 3
2 - - 03 Illustrious Reign [Daniel] R. Hughes 53.5 2
3 - 330 Tanganyika [Karki] M. Reuben 53.5 1
4 - - - 0 Allosaki [Vijay] C. Alford 53.5 4
5 1322 Aldebro [Vijay] Md. Islam 47.0 5
1. Illustrious Reign (2) 2. Allosaki (4) 3. Aldebro (5)
Illustrious Reign: A good third behind Alternator and Alyssum and good at work. May be hard to toss. Allosaki: May need this run as well. Aldebro: May place.

3rd Race at 1.50 pm

Flying Saucer Handicap 2,000m (Cl IV; Cl V eligible Rt. 00-50)
1 - 010 Hurricane Star [Stephens] N. Connorton 60.0 4
2 - - 00 Scavenger’s Son [Daniel] R. Gowli 57.5 5
3 0122 Alborada [Daniel] R. Hughes 57.5 1
4 - 203 Supreme Desire [Daniel] C. Alford 55.0 6
5 0004 Blessed Spirit [Daniel] A. Imran K. 54.5 3
6 - 301 Soviet Port [Bharath] C. Ruzaan 53.5 7
7 3040 Avionic [Bharath] Md Islam 51.0 2
1. Soviet Port (6) 2. Supreme Desire (4) 3. Alborada (3)
Soviet Port: Cut out for long trips. Looking much improved, too. Supreme Desire: An impressive third in last start. May do better. Alborada: May upset.

4th Race at 2.25 pm

Air Force Cup 1,400m (Cl I— Rt. 66-94) — Indian jockeys only
1 0430 Falconhead [Vijay] Surender S. 61.0 1
2 - - 40 Prince Obolensky [Stephens] Rutherford A. 59.0 4
3 - - - 4 Giorgio [Asfand] R. Marshall 57.5 8
4 - 100 Baffin Bay [D. Byramji] A. Kader 57.0 5
5 - - 11 Fame Star [Vijay] C. Alford 55.5 7
6 3324 KansaiBharath] S. Rabani 53.5 6
7 - - 42 Best In Show [Daniel] A. Imran K. 52.5 3
8 0324 Solo Act [Mujeeb] Haroon K. 51.5 9
9 - - 03 Double Bull [Daniel] M. Reuben 50.5 2
1. Fame Star (5) 2. Baffin Bay (4) 3. Best In Show (7)
Fame Star: Unbeaten since her ‘Produce’ win last winter. May pull it off again. Baffin Bay: Working well, yet may need this run. Best In Show: May place.

5th Race at 3.00 pm

Nanoli stud Juvenile Stakes 1,100m (Terms, 2-y-o only)
1 - - - - Alcalde [Bharath] S. Rajesh 55.0 3
2 - - - 1 Astride [Vijay] S. Shanker 55.0 5
3 - - - - Rescue Act [Bharath] A. Imran K. 55.0 9
4 - - - - Sunset Down [Bharath] S. Rabani 55.0 1
5 - - - - The Archer [Stephens] N. Connorton 55.0 2
6 - - - 2 Andrada [Vijay] C. Alford 53.5 8
7 - - - 1 Angeles [Vijay] A. Kader 53.5 6
8 ---- South Cove [D. Byramji] C. Ruzaan 53.5 7
9 ---- Think Of Us [D. Byramji] R. Marshall 53.5 4
1. Andrada (6) 2. Astride (2) 3. The Archer (5)
Andrada: Dictated terms until surprised by the stablemate. May outsprint all. Astride: Well rested and looks improved since his last easy win. The Archer: Good at work outs. Upset, if any. Angeles: Hard ridden in her last week’s start.

6th Race at 3.35 pm

Calcutta 2000 Guineas 1,600m (Terms, 3-y-o only)
1 - - 11 Aloritz [Vijay] C. Alford 56.0 4
2 0111 Alsheim [Vijay] Md Amil 56.0 3
3 - - - 0 Andreyev [Padmanabhan] S. Rajesh 56.0 2
4 - - 11 Arezzo [Vijay] N. Connorton 56.0 5
5 - 012 Astronomer [Daniel] R. Hughes 56.0 6
6 - - - 0Daggers Drawn [Padmanabhan] F. Lynch 56.0 10
7 - 011 Earl Grey [Darashah] K. P. Appu 56.0 9
8 3131 No Regrets [Javed] R. Gowli 56.0 8
9 - - - 1 Altimara [D. Byramji] A. Kader 54.5 1
10 - 213 Set Aside [Asfand] C. Ruzaan 54.5 7
1. Altimara (9) 2. Aloritz (1) 3. Daggers Drawn (6)
Altimara: An easy winner of the 1,000 Guineas. May bag the classic double. Aloritz: The hightest rated horse in the field. May go close. Daggers Drawn: May place.

7th Race at 4.05 pm

Winged Tiger Handicap 1,200m (Cl V—Rt. 00-28) — Indian jockeys only
1 - 433 Flinders [Asfand] A. P. Singh 61.0 4
2 - - - 0 Bhuthnath [Rodrigues] G. Upadhya 61.0 3
3 - 400 Aflicker [Bharath] Md Islam 58.5 1
4 - 403 Aliqa [Javed] M. Reuben 57.5 2
5 4442 Magic Ring [Karki] Som S. 57.0 7
6 0003 Diplomatic Gesture [Bath] S. Shanker 56.5 6
7 0031 Abstone Queen [Daniel] A. Imran K. 54.5 5
1. Abstone Queen (7) 2. Diplomatic Gesture (6) 3. Flinders (1)
Abstone Queen: Won the way she liked. May score an encore. Diplomatic Gesture: Ignore his last run. Possesses class to beat them all. Flinders: May place.
Day’s Best: Illustrious Reign
Double: Soviet Port & Fame Star
   

 
 
MUMBAI TIPS 
 
 
BY HONKY DORY
 
Mumbai, Dec. 9: 
Ciel Fleuri is taken to win the Magnasound Juvenile Trophy in Mumbai on Sunday. Pesi Shroff partners the D. Byramji-trained three-year-old filly

selections

1.30 pm: Machrihanish 1.Alustar 2. Silverita 3.2 pm: Well Timed Move 1. Lets Party 2. Fly By Alibi 3. 2.30 pm: Tiger Talk 1. Hiccups 2. Great Alliance 3. 3 pm: Chittor 1. Whirling Dervish 2. Rumaan 3. 3.30 pm: San Marino Star 1. Stars in Her Eyes 2. Mariella 3.
4 pm: Ciel Fleuri 1. Queenscliff 2. Wild Wind 3.4.30 pm: San Vitale 1. Master Honey 2. Shirley Valentine 3.
5 pm: Alice Charms 1. Soviet Ride 2. Flying High 3.
Day’s Best: San Vitale Double: Well Timed Move & Alice Charms

BANGALORE SATURDAY RESULTS

(With inter-state dividends)
1. Virajpet Plate 1,100m: (2-7-9) Noble Opinion (Hughes) 1; Ankole 2; Arristo 3. Not run: Black Ocean (10). Won by: Dist; Nk; (1-8.9). Tote: Win Rs 33; Place: 13; 31; 10; Quinella: 231; Tanala: 556. Fav: Arristo (9).
2. Honnavar Plate 1,200m: (4-11-9) Recapitulation (Prakash) 1; Royal Satsuma 2; Bacardi Star 3. Not run: Wool U Gooli (1). Won by: 3; 2-1/2; (1-17.6). Tote: Win Rs 55; Place: 18; 28; 30; Quinella: 222; Tanala: 3,489. Fav: Dragon Fire (2).
3. Mercara Plate 1,100m: (1-3-9) Brave Russian (Faisal) 1; Finest Flare 2; I Me And Mine 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 1-1/2; (1-10.8). Tote: Win Rs 24; Place: 15; 35; 16; Quinella: 264; Tanala: 1,285. Fav: Brave Russian (1).
4. Kumararajah M. A. M. Muthiah Trophy, Div-I 1,200m: (3-8-4) Priceless Ally (Hughes) 1; Shoorveer 2; Alisa 3. Won by: 3/4; 2-3/4; (1-16.3). Tote: Win Rs 15; Place: 13; 36; 17; Quinella: 104; Tanala: 413. Fav: Priceless Ally (3).
5. Parfait Amour Plate 1,400m: (6-2-8) Great Aswaraaj (Shobhan) 1; Kylin 2; Scandal Sheet 3. Won by: Nk; 1-3/4; (1-30.3). Tote: Win Rs 317; Place: 87; 27; 19; Quinella: 1,048; Tanala: 12,987. Fav: Poise (3).
6. Harvins Bangalore 2000 Guineas 1,600m: (13-4-7-10) Adamile (Marshall) 1; The Music Man (Rajendra) 2; Bold Chieftan (Hughes) 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 3/4; (1-40.8). Tote: Win Rs 85; Place: 19; 27; 17; Quinella: 628; Tanala: 8,001. Fav: Chevalier (5).
7. Nilgiris Cup 1,200m: (7-5-2) Psychedelic (Harish) 1; Chity Bang 2; Accelerating Star 3. Not run: Brave Tern (4). Won by: 1/2; 1/2; (1-15.6). Tote: Win Rs 60; Place: 22; 30; 14; Quinella: 385; Tanala: 1,722. Fav: Accelerating Star (2).
8. Kumararajah M. A. M. Muthiah Trophy, Div-II 1,200m: (2-1-9) Forest Pegasus (Shafiq) 1; Dior 2; Save The Day 3.Won by: 1/2; 2; (1-16.5). Tote: Win Rs 57; Place: 21; 27; 25; Quinella: 138; Tanala: 1,915. Fav: Musselburgh (3).
Jackpot: Rs 2,11,025; (C) Rs 14,068.
Treble: (i) Rs 211; (ii) Rs 4,314.    
 

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