BCCI Code adequate: Muthiah
Bengal bank on the Sourav booster
Md. Sp. win
Mumbai Racing/ My Solitaire may upstage Mariella
Mysore Racing/ ‘Scotsman’ wins
Calcutta Racing/ Illustrious Reign impresses

Calcutta, Dec.27: 
While the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) will “debate” the rather radical Justice Edwin King proposals, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), for one, has no plans to make its own Code of Conduct more stringent.

Earlier this month, Justice King, heading the South African government’s inquiry into match-fixing, suggested that the “players’ telephone calls and E-mails be monitored.”

Justice King, of course, didn’t stop there. He even proposed the players undergo lie-detector tests and also that they be “encouraged to blow the whistle” on unscrupulous teammates.

The latter bit, by the way, is incorporated in the BCCI’s Code of Conduct.

According to Dr Ali Bacher, the UCBSA managing director, Justice King’s suggestions will be placed before the body’s General Council, which meets in end-January.

Already, from April this year (after the Hansie Cronje scandal), all players selected for South Africa sign an undertaking, pledging not to engage in anything unethical.

Speaking from Johannesburg, Dr Bacher told The Telegraph: “The Council will be the appropriate forum to debate what has been proposed. Till that’s done, it will be improper to offer a comment on Justice King’s suggestions.”

Cronje’s involvement —- and the emotional devastation it unleashed —- notwithstanding, South Africans (in general) have been extremely critical of Justice King’s proposals.

It remains to be seen how the UCBSA reacts. However, as the more radical Justice King suggestions appear to infringe on the basic fundamental rights, the UCBSA will probably tread more than just carefully.

Perhaps, it’s significant that the Pakistan Cricket Board —- the first body to ban players for match-fixing —- has put on hold the appointment of an undercover operative to ‘shadow’ the national team.

Meanwhile, contacted on his cellphone, BCCI president A.C.Muthiah remarked: “Yes, I’ve read the proposals, but I do believe our Code of Conduct is adequate.”

Speaking exclusively, Muthiah added: “Besides the specific provisions relating to match-fixing, the Code of Conduct has other stringent clauses, too. In any case, the BCCI can’t act like a police set-up and monitor calls and/or intercept E-mails...”

The BCCI’s Code of Conduct can be divided into two parts: One where the “Regulations for players/team officials” focus wholly on “betting and match-fixing” and where the provisions are more general. The latter clauses have been clubbed under “Additional regulations for players/team officials.”

Incidentally, the general provisions include the following:

Players and team officials shall not engage in any conduct which is prejudicial to the interests of the game of cricket.

Players and team officials shall observe the discipline and decorum and decency as an Indian citizen and shall not do any act, deed or thing which may bring disrepute or disgrace to the Indian team, co-players, team officials, the Board, game etc.

While the minimum punishment for any breach of the specific (betting and match-fixing) clauses is a five-year ban, a reprimand is the minimum penalty for contravening the general (additional regulations) provisions.

The maximum punishment in the ‘first category’ is a life ban, while the maximum penalty in the ‘second category’ is a ban for five ODIs and/or three Tests.

Only the very foolish will step out of line.


Calcutta, Dec. 27: 
It is termed the Sourav Ganguly effect. More specifically, his mere presence can work wonders for Bengal cricket.

The Indian skipper spent a good 40 minutes at Eden Gardens today on the eve of the crucial Ranji Trophy tie versus Orissa. The impromptu team meeting that he presided over, despite not leading the side, was enough to serve as the much-needed inspiration.

“There’s no bigger incentive for the youngsters than playing alongside Sourav,” said national selector Ashok Malhotra.

But that, too, hasn’t always served the purpose if performances over the past couple of years are anything to go by.

Bengal, after surrendering five points to Orissa, finished third in the zonal league last season. They failed to qualify for next season’s Wills Trophy, Debashish Mohanty almost singlehandedly hastening Bengal’s doom with a five-wicket haul.

Both sides are tied at 13 points from two games going into tomorrow’s match.

“There’s lack of hard work. The juniors seem to get satisfied very easily,” explains Devang Gandhi.

Time for some tough talking from the Bengal captain. The Sourav effect, was how one put it.

Devang, though, is determined to leave the ignominy of the Wills Trophy qualifier behind. “We’re looking ahead. These things happen once in a bluemoon. The boys are motivated to turn things around,” he felt.

The signs haven’t been altogether encouraging for the hosts. They have been saddled with injury-related problems even before the start.

After Laxmi Ratan Shukla, who met the selectors and confirmed his pull-out today, it was the turn of Sabir Ali. Sanjeev Sanyal and Subhomoy Das are the two replacements but it is unlikely they will play. Alokendu Lahiri will also have to sit out.

This means the hosts will be going into the match with a three-pronged spin attack. Shib Shankar Pal will share the new ball with Sourav.

“Sourav is always a frontline bowler for us,” stressed Devang.

The sight of a patta wicket, where the first-innings lead could prove vital, has forced the Bengal thinktank to stack the side with seven established batsmen. Arijit Bose will open the innings with Amitava Banerjee with Deep Dasgupta coming in at No. 7.

And taking first strike, as Devang pointed out, was a safer proposition. He, however, felt the ball would tend to keep low on this track.

More than individual performances, it is the team effort that the visitors are banking on to return triumphant. “We are looking at four days of good cricket from the team,” said skipper Shiv Sundar Das.

“Everyone is contributing to the success and that has been the key to our showing,” the confident India opener added.

The other day, Das’ career-best 178 along with Sanjay Raul’s 134 paved the way for an outright win against Tripura. And with no dearth of talent in their ranks, they are eager to keep the good work going.

But will the Sourav factor have any bearing on the team morale? “It can only motivate them to perform above their potential,” remarked Das.

It might sound as a sort of warning for Bengal.


BENGAL: Arijit Bose, Amitava Banerjee, Devang Gandhi, Sourav Ganguly, Rohan Gavaskar, Srikant Kalyani, Deep Dasgupta, Utpal Chatterjee, Wrichik Mazumder, Sourashish Lahiri, Shib Shankar Pal.

ORISSA (from): Shiv Sundar Das, Pravanjan Mallick, Rashmi Ranjan Parida, Sanjay Raul, Debashish Mohanty, P. Jayachandra, Gautam Gopal, Ajay Barik, Jagannath Das, Sanjay Satpathy, Yashpal Mohanty, Bipin Singh, Suresh Kumar, Pradeep Das

Umpires: V.M. Gupte & Umesh Dubey.

Match Referee: Raj Kumar Sharma.

Calcutta, Dec. 27: 
Mohammedan Sporting defeated Tollygunge Agragami by 27 runs in a low-scoring game in the CAB League today.

In reply to Mohammedan Sporting’s 174, Tollygunge were bowled out for 147.


Ballygunge United 150 (S. Majumder 42 n.o.; Kalyan Guha 5/57). Cal Rangers 89/3.

Young Bengal 299 (Sougata Mitra 124, Tutun Dasgupta 50). Wari 9/0.

Town 251 (Suman Chatterjee 63 n.o.; Sanjay Srivatsav 6/60) vs DKS.

Rajasthan 207 (Rajat Chaturvedi 47, Amit Sharma 37; Pradip Mondal 4/46, Vinod Kumar 3/31). Eastern Railway 121/5 (Arun Chatterjee 48; Gourav Sharma).

Mohammedan Sporting 174 (Md Warimuddin 50; Avijit A. 5/42, Chiranjit Das 3/27). Tollygunge Agragami 147 (Avishek Saha 3/27). Md. Sp. won by 27 runs.

3 joint winners

Surat, Secunderabad and Calcutta were declared joint champions in the Jiji Irani Challenge Cup. Surat and Secunderabad won their last set of league matches today. Rayzad Bulsara struck a hattrick for Calcutta.


Surat 252/7 in 30 ovs (Freddy Bhagwagar 113, Zoharoyas Sethna 58, Rayzad Bulsara 4/6). Calcutta 185 in 28.1 (Sanjoy Dutta 52, Zoharoyas sethna 4/26). Surat won by 67 runs.

Jamshedpur 149/7 in 30 (M.P. Kotwal 56; Y.N. Dapotawala 3/31). Secunderabad 153/6 in 22.4 (Jal Mehta 3/32). Secunderabad won by 4 wkts.

Easy for South Point

Cathedral Mission and South Point won their respective matches in the St Lawrence Old Boys organised inter-school meet.


Category A — Cathedral Mission 211/5 (Subhajit Bhandari 101; Rajashree Banik Chowdhury 3/44). South Point 49. Cathedral Mission won by 162 runs.

Category B — South Point 141/6 (Pramarta Nath Roy 33; Suraj Gond 4/33). Nava Nalanda 128/9 (Suraj Gond 49). South Point won by 13 runs.

Kunal shines

Kunal Biswas’ allround show helped Ballygunge Govt HS beat Bhowanipore Gujarati Education Society by 160 runs in the Pepsi Youth meet today.

BRIEF SCORES: Ballygunge Govt HS 281/8 in 40 ovs (Kunal Biswas 107 n.o.; Ashish Agarwal 3/46, Joydeep Sarkar 3/47). Bhowanipore Gujarati Education Society 121 in 28.4 ovs (Sunny Patel 33; Kunal Biswas 3/13). Ballygunge Govt HS won by 160 runs.


Mumbai, Dec. 27: 
My Solitaire may surprise her fancied rivals in the 1,400m Maharaja Sir Pratapsingh Gaekwad Trophy in Mumbai on Thursday. The last run of the Dallas Todywalla-trained mare in a higher company is best ignored Rupesh partners the mare.


2.30 pm: Thundering Grey 1. Sacred Fire 2. Hispaniola 3.
3 pm: Cosmic Jazz 1. Magic Arroe 2. Purple Patch 3.
3.30 pm: Cats Concert 1. Bearer Bond 2. Amber Music 3.
4 pm: Fantasy 1. Comment Allez Vous 2. Jaannisar 3.
4.30 pm: My Solitaire 1. Mariella 2. Spice Boy 3.
5 pm: Desert Moon 1. Combined Venture 2. Total Commitment 3.
5.30 pm: Tamure 1. Scandalous 2. Skippy 3.

Day’s Best: Tamure

Double: Cosmic Jazz & Fantasy
Mumbai Racing/    

Mysore, Dec. 27: 
Ridden by Imran Chisty, a strongly fancied Flying Scotsman, from Sidney Moses’ yard, scored a 10-length victory in the 1,200m Sweet Memories Cup in Mysore on Wednesday.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Mysore Zoo Plate, Div-II 1,400m: (9-4-8) Corsair ( Koch) 1; Waves Of Emotion 2; Karnataka Express 3. Won by: 1/2; 1-3/4; (1-28.6). Tote: Win Rs 190; Place: 41; 19; 42; Quinella: 621; Tanala: 20,263. Fav: Fox Fire (2).

2. Bijapur Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (1-11-6) Sandy’s Choice (Shobhan) 1; Deion 2; Crown Ivory 3. Won by: 4-1/4; 2-1/4; (1-15). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 12; 36; 48; Quinella: 116; Tanala: 1,307. Fav: Sandy’s Choice (1).

3. Mysore Zoo Plate, Div-I 1,400m: (6-3-5) Zeke (Hasnain) 1; Goldeneye 2; Swiss Knife 3. Won by: 4; SH; (1-27.7). Tote: Win Rs 60; Place: 25; 19; 21; Quinella: 140; Tanala: 1,522. Fav: Zeke (6).

4. Bijapur Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (10-3-4) Tequila Ride (I. Chisty) 1; Smokester 2; Spanish Armada 3. Won by: SH; 1-1/2; (1-14.4). Tote: Win Rs 125; Place: 32; 15; 22; Quinella: 142; Tanala: 3,110. Fav: Smokester (3)

5. Brig. C. D. Mohan Memorial Plate 1,400m: (12-5-2) Greek Lady (Arun) 1; Big Booster 2; Cyclades 3. Won by: SH; 1-1/4; (1-26.8). Tote: Win Rs 39; Place: 15; 26; 51; Quinella: 146; Tanala: 1,794. Fav: Letham Grange (3).

6. Sweet Memories Cup 1,200m: (3-8-2) Flying Scotsman (I. Chisty) 1; Chandana 2; Owen 3.Won by: 10; SH; (1-14.4). Tote: Win Rs 16; Place: 10; 50; 15; Quinella: 253; Tanala: 535. Fav: Flying Scotsman (3).

7. Planters Plate 1,200m: (3-1-5) Skillful Miss (Shukla) 1; Cruising Away 2; Eagle Sprint 3. Won by: SH; 2-1/2; (1-14). Tote: Win Rs 70; Place: 20; 20; 21; Quinella: 203; Tanala: 3,469. Fav: Great Estate (2).

8. Mangalagangotri Plate 1,400m: (3-8-1) Family Honour (I. Chisty) 1; Super Ace 2; Genting Highlands 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 1-1/4; (1-27). Tote: Win Rs 57; Place: 22; 38; 20; Quinella: 372; Tanala: 2,055. Fav: Genting Highlands (1).

Jackpot: Rs 57,260 (Carried over).

Treble: (i) Rs 2,152; (ii) Rs 826.

Calcutta, Dec. 27: 
Illustrious Reign, Andreyev and Daggers Drawn were impressive in today’s work outs.

Outer sand track

2,000m: Illustrious Reign (Upadhya) in 2-26s; (1,000m) 1-14s; (400m) 29s. Impressed. Andreyev (Kader) in 2-26; (400m) 30s. Good. Altimara (Kader) and Baffin Bay (Khalander) in 2-32s; (1,000m) 1-13s; (400m) 29s. Former 2 ls better. Note.

1,600m: Daggers Drawn (Rabani) in 1-54s; (1,000m) 1-10s; (400m) 28s. Fit.

1,400m: Analyzer (Brij) in 1-45s; (400m) 29s.

1,200m: Princelene (Gowli) 1-29s; (400m) 32s. Moved easy. Tsavo (Khalander) in 1-29s; (400m) 29s. Easy.

1,000m: Heaven’s Blessing (G. Singh) and Jeypore (Shanker) in 1-16s; (400m) 30s. Former a length better. Cavala (Khalander) in 1-10s; (400m) 28s. Good.

800m: Global Harmony (Rb) and Double Cross (Yacoob) in 57s; (400m) 29s. Former far better. Raaz (M. Reuben) and Remember Me (Rb) in 58s; (400m) 30s. Former was easily a length better. Aracruz (C. Alford) in 55s; (400m) 28s. Was urged. Alcalde (C. Alford) and Rescue Act (Rabani) in 55s; (400m) 28s. Former a length better. Alternator (Kader) in 57s; (400m) 28s. Moved well. Cancun (Khalander) in 58s; (400m) 30s.

Sand track

1,400m: On The Bit (Connorton) in 1-40s; (400m) 31s. Eased up. Smokey Bear (Brij) in 1-39s; (400m) 33s. Easy

1,200m: Abstract (Rb) in 1-39s. Easy.

1,000m: Ballet Master (Upadhya) in 1-13s; (400m) 27s. Easy.

800m: Iron Warrior (Som S.) in 53s; (400m) 27s. Fit. Almond Rock (Som S.) in 55s; (400m) 27s. Handy.    


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