No move to replace Moin: Rameez
Sourav to miss captains’ summit
Call for a level playing field
Bagan confident vs SBT today
Greig to sign donors’ certificates
Rishi, Archana bow out
Schools’ meet
Mumbai Racing/ Noble Opinion for ‘Million’
Rough Deal Trophy/ Valparaiso wins
Calcutta Races/ Nine for tomorrow’s main event

 
 
NO MOVE TO REPLACE MOIN: RAMEEZ 
 
 
BY LOKENDRA PRATAP SAHI
 
Calcutta, Jan.31: 
The latest controversy to hit Pakistan cricket may be resolved as early as tomorrow evening.

The central figures in this the umpteenth dispute — reportedly sparked by a row over logo money — are captain Moin Khan and coach Javed Miandad.

Moin is fairly new to controversies; Miandad isn’t.

According to former captain Rameez Raja, the five-man advisory council of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is set to meet Moin in Rawalpindi tomorrow.

Rameez is on the council, as is Miandad himself. The other members are Yawar Saeed, Nasim-ul Ghani and Wasim Azhar.

“Moin wishes to meet the council and give his version of events... As all of us are supposed to be in Rawalpindi (for the fourth match between Pakistan Probables and Emerging Players), there will be an opportunity to interact,” Rameez told The Telegraph.

Contacted on his cell phone in Lahore, this evening, Rameez added: “Basically, a section of the Media has blown the issue out of proportion. And, contrary to reports, there is no move to replace Moin for the upcoming tour of New Zealand.

“Indeed, I believe things will be sorted out within the next few days, if not tomorrow itselt. But, yes, everyone concerned is being told that a row every six months isn’t healthy.”

General Parvez Musharraf, who is calling all the shots in Pakistan, will be guest-of-honour during the Rawalpindi game.

Rameez, of course, confirmed Moin was ‘rested’ during the second match of the on-going series between Pakistan Probables and the Emerging Players. The Probables’ captaincy went to Inzamam-ul Haq.

Three games are over and the fifth (after Rawalpindi) will be held in Peshawar. The New Zealand-bound squad will be picked after that.

While in New Zealand, Pakistan will feature in three Tests and five ODIs. The squad leaves on February 10.

It is understood Moin and senior pros Inzamam, Saeed Anwar and Waqar Younis have already met the PCB chief, Lt General Tauqir Zia, and “clarified” their position vis-a-vis Miandad.

Apparently, they insisted the logo money-specific controversy wasn’t of their doing and they had “no reservations” about Miandad.

That the tough-talking PCB chief has gone on record to “warn” those who fall out of line, may have influenced this pretty defensive stance.

It’s no secret, really, that not everyone in the Pakistan team is comfortable with Miandad as coach. Moreover, nobody has forgotten the dispute on the eve of the 1999 World Cup, which saw Miandad’s first stint as coach come to an abrupt end.

Miandad’s second stint began early last year, after the end of yet another Intikhab Alam innings. Alam himself got one more call-up after Mushtaq Muhammad, Wasim Raja and Richard Pybus made guest appearances.

Not to speak of Mudassar Nazar, who was replaced even before he had formally assumed charge.

Though Miandad’s appointment is till the 2003 World Cup, even the coach will agree much could happen in the next 24 months.

Pakistan, after all.

   

 
 
SOURAV TO MISS CAPTAINS’ SUMMIT 
 
 
BY OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Jan. 31: 
India will go unrepresented at the latest conclave of the captains of Test playing nations, scheduled to be held in Melbourne on February 12.

As in the past, it will be hosted by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

India’s no-show has come about as Sourav will be busy at the conditioning camp (for the Australia series) and in the Challenger Trophy, which is to begin on the very day of the captains’ summit.

“It’s been discussed with the Board and a letter has already been sent to the ICC. With such an important series just weeks away, I can’t keep myself away from the preparations,” Sourav told The Telegraph this evening.

   

 
 
CALL FOR A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD 
 
 
BY NILESH BHATTACHARYA
 
Calcutta, Jan. 31: 
On court, the girls in orange love being on the move. A show of pure athleticism that has ruled the state basketball courts for 18 long years, on the trot.

There isn’t much to rule, though, because more often than not the rest have always given in to the Eastern Railway girls’ superiority without as much as a murmur. Till now.

Not that now the word “invincible” is no more being associated with the Railway girls. It is just taking a few nasty turns, and a few obvious questions being asked, somewhat parochial in nature.

“They are simply too powerful to be beaten. They should be banned from participation so that we can have some chances to make cut in a tournament,” said Baren Ghosh, official of Rakhi Sangha, and seriously too. Rakhi Sangha were thrashed by the Railway girls in last month’s state meet final 12-82.

The point that Ghosh was trying to make was that it was somewhat unfair that the railway team was flush with talent from around the country, while local clubs had to depend only on local talent. That wasn’t a level playing field.

A team of Gullivers in the land of Lilliputs, Eastern Railway women present a formidable picture. That they have remained unbeaten in most major meets in the state for well over a decade and half makes the canvas rather large.

The team is feared, even hated, and if it was possible to ostracise the natural leader, they probably are that too.

Railways coach Matthew Verghese adds meat to the salt dish. “We have an advantage of picking up the best among the players from different states who have come to join here. Technically, they are far better and dedicated performers since they have secured a job through players’ quota,” he observed.

Aparna Ghosh, an Indian Railways player and an international of repute, said: “What has made the Eastern Railways team click is that the players know their job. They don’t play for themselves, but for the team. You need a professional attitude, and on court they always start well ahead of their rivals, at least mentally.

“Professionalism and knowledge of the game also come in handy,” Aparna said.

The economic imbalance

Blue Jays’ coach Atanu Banerjee explains the great disparity, and he hits the nail right on the head. “It’s the economic imbalance,” he says. “Our team, like other local outfits, comprise players from subsistence-level families. They don’t have that sense of security like the Railway players do.”

It could sound like a lament, but it is true. There is no proper infrastructure, no money, and “the players come to play here because they love the game.”

Officials of Burrabazar Yuwak Sabha (BBYS) and Barisha AC allege that the Railways “neglect local players.”

“During nationals or other inter-state meets, Eastern Railway players, despite hailing from other states, fill up almost the entire Bengal squad. Local players fight for only two or three berths there,” a BBYS official, who preferred anonymity, told this correspondent. That is an affront with the West Bengal Basketball Association.

However, Aparna feels such thought “shows them (officials of local outfits) up in poor light. Instead of learning how to fight us, they indulge in out-of-the-court filthy play,” she blasted.

Verghese adds that the ‘foreign’ components of his team are actually conducive rather than detrimental to the game’s development and popularity in the state.

“By playing against us, local players can learn tricks and trades of the game. But this is not happening... these players seem to be lacking in such mentality,” he laments.

Both Verghese and Aparna have said basketball has remained “grossly undervalued” here. The WBBA too has to bear a part of the blame.

   

 
 
BAGAN CONFIDENT VS SBT TODAY 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 31: 
The stars are shining bright for Subrata Bhattacharya. And for Mohun Bagan too.

After a none-too-bright start to the season, the city giants captured the Durand and Rovers Cup, and have kicked off the defence of their National League crown with a draw and two wins.

No wonder Subrata’s men are oozing confidence going into their fourth match, against State Bank of Travancore (SBT) at the Salt Lake Stadium tomorrow.

With new Brazilian recruit Amouri da Silva doing a decent job in defence and the trusted Jose Ramirez Barreto continuing to be a threat in rival citadels, the Mohun Bagan line-up wears a settled look. Goals were a problem in the previous match against ITI, R. C. Prakash netting the winner in the second half. But Subrata hopes to rectify that anomaly by asking Barreto to play as a withdrawn forward tomorrow.

“The team has got into a rhythm, it’s important not to lose that,” said Subrata who didn’t seem too worried about SBT, a team Mohun Bagan beat twice in the last tournament.

SBT, who have two points from three matches, know their limitations as well the opponents’ strength. Coach Mohammed Najib didn’t say it in as many words, but hinted he’d be happy to pick up a point.

   

 
 
GREIG TO SIGN DONORS’ CERTIFICATES 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 31: 
Like the past 20 years, the CAB will be organising a blood donation camp Saturday to commemorate Frank Worrell Day. It also happens to be the association’s Foundation Day.

All donors will receive certificates signed by former England captain Tony Greig, it was announced at a press conference this evening.

The camp, conducted with the help of Association of Voluntary Blood Donors, West Bengal, will open at 9 am and continue till 7 pm at the CAB Club House. Five simultaneous camps will be run in the district towns of Behrampore, Kulti, Tamluk, Bhaktinagar and Bishnupur that day.

Last year, the programme had attracted a record 1991 donors including 1460 from the city.

E. Bengal well placed

East Bengal dismissed City AC for 265 in their latest CAB League tie today. At stumps on Day I, East Bengal were 91 for one.

Elsewhere, Aikya Sammilani rode fine spells by Yogesh Tyagi (six for 64) and Chandranath Sanyal (four for 59) to an 82-run victory over Ananda Bazar Patrika Sports Club.

George Telegraph managed no more than 200 against Shyambazar, despite Tirtha Roy’s 106. Vikram Tiwari bagged six for 65.

SUMMARISED SCORES

Burnpur CC 331/9 (Pushpal Roy 63, Sudhangshu Roy 52, Santosh Roy 46, Sourav Maitra 44; Abdul Ghani 5/115). Mohammedan Sporting 6/0.

City AC 265 (Vinod Singh 82; Narendra Negi 4/83, Subir Dey 3/36). East Bengal 91/1.

George Telegraph 200 (Tirtha Roy 106; Vikram Tiwari 6/65, Arindam Chatterjee 3/37). Shyambazar 110/4 (Debdulal Majumdar 32 batting).

Milan Samity 354/7 (Arghya Maitra 92, Vijay Talreja 72, Siddhartha Lahiri 65, Naushad Akhtar 64 not out; Prashant Kamdar 3/65) vs Rangers.

Eastern Railway 222/8 (Rajib Dutta 4/56) vs Tapan Memorial.

Aikya Sammilani 248. Ananda Bazar Patrika SC 166 (Yogesh Tyagi 6/64, Chandranath Sanyal 4/59). Aikya won by 82 runs.

Mumbai win youth meet

Mumbai beat Delhi by 34 runs in Chennai today to lift the third Pepsi inter-city Youth Series title.

According to information received here, Mumbai notched up 146 after winning the toss. Delhi were then dismissed for 112.

BRIEF SCORES: Mumbai 146 in 40 ovs (Rakesh Kanaujia 59; Pradeep Mann 3/19) bt Delhi 112 in 36.2 ovs (Narinder Singh 28; Gautam Yadav 3/15, Asif Surasana 3/17).

   

 
 
RISHI, ARCHANA BOW OUT 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 31: 
Rishi Sridhar and Archana Venkatraman, the fourth seeds in the men’s and women’s draw, bowed out of the Indian Oil Servo senior national grasscourt championships, albeit in contrasting fashion.

Sridhar fought his way back after dropping the first set, but left-hander Kedar Shah was too strong in the decider. Serving consistently and wielding a powerful forehand, the Maharashtra boy won the two-hour battle 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 to book a slot in the quarter finals.

Bangalore girl Archana Venkatraman was no match for young Liza Pereira who played some inspiring tennis to race to a 6-1, 6-2 triumph.

Local players Saurav Panja and Anand Radhakrishnan breezed through to the men’s quarter finals with authoritative performances.

Sixth seed Panja shut out Maharashtra qualifier Sangram Chapekar 6-4, 6-2. Panja’s quarter final opponent will be top seed Vinod Sridhar, who brushed aside Gurmeher Singh — the son of 1975 hockey World Cup-winning captain Ajitpal — 6-1, 6-3.

Radhakrishnan, a wild-card entrant, did well to beat the higher-ranked S. K. Shivshankar 6-1, 6-4. Like Panja, Radhakrishnan has a tough assignment tomorrow when he comes up against Vishal Uppal, the third seed.

Uppal came through a searching test against circuit veteran Vasudev Reddy, clinching a 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-3) verdict after an enthralling two-hour, 44-minute duel.

Thrilling duel

In the match of the tournament so far, the 24-year-old Uppal was up against a man four years his senior who has left his best years behind him. Having nothing to lose against somebody who was in the Davis Cup team only last year, Reddy went for the lines and hit them more often than not.

Uppal had as many as nine chances to break serve in the first set, but Reddy kept producing the big shots. It was in the 11th game that Reddy finally yielded, dropping serve after missing four game-points. Reddy, who served 10 aces, held easily to bag the first set.

With both men serving well, there were no more breaks in the match. Reddy managed to level scores by capturing the second set tie-break in which a tentative Uppal was always behind.

The Delhiite, however, stepped up the accelerator when it mattered most — in the third set tie-break. After conceding the first two points, Uppal played flawless tennis to win seven of the next eight points.

Archana apart, all other seven seeded women made the quarter finals. No. 8 Karishma Patel pulled up her socks after losing the first set to Radhika Mandke, allowing her rival just one game thereafter.

The easiest winner was third seed Rushmi Chakravarthi. She didn’t concede a game, but her opponent was anything but disgraced. Local girl Karina Ahuja, yet to step into her teens, did well to qualify for the main draw and then win her first-round match.

RESULTS

(All second round)

MEN: Vinod Sridhar bt Gurmeher Singh 6-1, 6-3; Saurav Panja bt Sangram Chapekar 6-4, 6-2; Kedar Shah bt Rishi Sridhar 6-4, 3-6, 6-2; Mustafa Ghouse bt Kamlesh Shukla 7-5, 7-6 (7-3); Anand Radhakrishnan bt K. Shivshankar 6-1, 6-4; Vishal Uppal bt Vasudev Reddy 7-5, 7-67 (6-8), 7-6 (7-3); Manoj Mahadevan bt Kamala Kannan 6-3, 6-4; Rohan Boppana bt Shivang Misra 6-3, 6-0.

WOMEN: Manisha Malhotra bt Nandini Perumal 6-2, 6-3; Karishma Patel bt Radhika Mandke 4-6, 6-1, 6-0; Liza Pereira bt Archana Venkatraman 6-1, 6-2; Shruti Dhawan bt N. Chandrasekar 7-5, 7-6 (7-5); Radhika Tulpule bt Naina Karsolia 6-3, 6-2; Rushmi Chakravarthy bt Karina Ahuja 6-0, 6-0; Geeta Manohar bt 6-4, 6-2; Sonal Phadke bt Janaki Krishnamurthi 7-5, 6-2.

   

 
 
SCHOOLS’ MEET 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Jan. 31: 
About 500 boys and girls will compete in the 8th state primary schools’ meet to be held tomorrow and Friday at the SAI Eastern Centre.

A total of 28 athletics events will be held besides competition in gymnastics.

   

 
 
MUMBAI RACING/ NOBLE OPINION FOR ‘MILLION’ 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Mumbai, Jan. 31: 
The Ganapathy-trained Noble Opinion is expected to lift the 1,200m Y. M. Chaudhry Memorial Million, the main attraction in Thursday’s Mumbai race-card. Richard Hughes partners the Razeen-Trois Etoiles son.

SELECTIONS

1 pm: True Thriller 1. Raring To Go 2. Anjolie 3.
1.30 pm: Knoxville 1. Great Pasha 2. Foolish Pursuit 3.
2 pm: Affability 1. Starsky 2. Blues Clues 3.
2.30 pm: Valid Appeal 1. Witchcraft 2. Crown Dream 3.
3 pm: Anagram 1. Eastern Command 2. Twist Afleet 3.
3.30 pm: Zephyr Bay 1. Dominant Force 2. Double Impact 3.
4 pm: Noble Opinion 1. Iceberg 2. Queenscliff 3.
4.30 pm: Josh King 1. Pussy Cat 2. Bonjour Tristesse 3.
5 pm: Champagne Gold 1. Golden Dynasty 2. Starafar 3.
5.30 pm: Vengeance 1. Amber Eyes 2. Blue Water 3.
6 pm: Go Dancing 1. Come Prima 2. Ghost Who Walks 3.

Day’s Best: Affability

Double: Josh King & Champagne Gold
   

 
 
ROUGH DEAL TROPHY/ VALPARAISO WINS 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Mumbai, Jan. 31: 
Trained by M. K. Jadhav, Valparaiso lifted the Rough Deal Trophy in Mumbai on Wednesday.

RESULTS

(With inter-state dividends)

1. Benlitta Plate, Div-II 1,100m: (1-8-7) Arabian Commander (Bhati) 1; Remus 2; Betsy 3. Won by: 6-1/2; 5-1/2; (1-7.9 — record). Tote: Win Rs 29; Place: 14; 20; 20; Quinella: 93; Tanala: 379. Fav: Arabian Commander (1).

2. Benlitta Plate, Div-I 1,100m: (1-6-2) Knight Royale (Z. Sayyed) 1; Earth Song 2; Piabo 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 4; (1-8.9). Tote: Win Rs 95; Place: 26; 21; 19; Quinella: 257; Tanala: 3,273. Fav: Conflict (4).

3. V. Jayaram Plate 1,600m: (3-10-5) Chelsea (M. Narredu) 1;Pink Floyd 2; Lightning Arrow 3. Won by: 1/2; 4; (1-41.7). Tote: Win Rs 55; Place: 18; 25; 18; Quinella: 238; Tanala: 971. Fav: Lightning Arrow (5).

4. Corniche Platen 1,200m: (8-1-2) Piaget (McCullagh) 1; Gulmohor 2; Celestial Light 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 2-3/4; (1-13.8). Tote: Win Rs 20; Place: 12; 17; 25; Quinella: 37; Tanala: 265. Fav: Piaget (8).

5. Capricorn Trophy 1,400m: (3-5-7) Kargil (Suraj S.) 1; Spice Boy 2; Sea Minstrael 3. Won by: 7; 1-3/4; (1-26.2—record). Tote: Win Rs 318; Place: 40; 16; 11; Quinella: 877; Tanala: 5,379. Fav: Sea Minstrael (7).

6. Rough Deal Trophy 1,200m: (7-3-6) Valparaiso (McCullagh) 1; Secret Blessing’s 2; Favorite Trick 3. Won by: 3/4; 2-1/4; (1-13.1—record). Tote: Win Rs 46; Place: 19; 40; 57; Quinella: 360; Tanala: 7,340. Fav: Valparaiso (7).

7. Carnival Plate 1,400m: (3-7-1) Tamarinda (Prakash) 1; Loyal Rebel 2; Meadow Royale 3. Won by: 3/4; Hd; (1-28.6). Tote: Win Rs 31; Place: 14; 17; 21; Quinella: 50; Tanala: 479. Fav: Loyal Rebel (7).

8. M. M. T. Pandole Plate 1,000m: (8-6-10) Ally McBeal (M. Narredu) 1; Days Of Glory 2; Tonnerre 3. Won by: 2-3/4; 2; (1-0.3). Tote: Win Rs 32; Place: 15; 24; 28; Quinella: 95; Tanala: 833. Fav: Ally McBeal (8).

Jackpot: Rs 20,206; (C) Rs 2,204.

Treble: (i) Rs 2,437; (ii) Rs 358.
   

 
 
CALCUTTA RACES/ NINE FOR TOMORROW’S MAIN EVENT 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Jan. 31: 
There are Nine horses in the line-up for the 1,600m Bahrain Trophy, the main event on Friday. First race starts at 12.25 pm.

ACCEPTANCES

1. Princess Jani Handicap 1,100m (Maidens; 3-y-o only Rt. 00-28) 12.25 pm: Alcalde 60; Alegria 57; Angels Venture 56; Anokato 56; Maltayar 56; Rich Dominion 55; Lively Project 53.5.

2. Victo Handicap 1,400m (Cl V; Rt. 00-28) 12.55 pm: Floral Path 61; Avionic 60.5; Calculus 60.5; Eau Savage 60; Madame X 59.5; Heaven’s Blessing 58.5; Go India Go 48.

3. I. N. S. Hooghly Cup 1,200m (Cl IV; Rt. 22-50) 1.25 pm: Orbital Star 60.5; Kargil Soldier 60; Bold Apparel 58.5; Master Bold 53.5; Royal Ruler 53.5; Stella Blue 50; Pneumatic Power 49.

4. Robert Bruce Handicap 1,200m (Cl V; Rt. 00-28) 2.05 pm: Sky Hawk 60; Abstone Queen 57; Piece Of Cake 57; Alastar 56; Armed Alarm 53.5; Art Smart 52; Arizona Star 48.5.

5. Bahrain Trophy 1,600m (Cl II; Cl III; eligible Rt.44-94) 2.40 pm: Tanganyika 60; Prince Obolensky 58.5; Giorgio 57.5; Alsheim 56.5; Double Bull 53.5; Lockers Park 51.5; No Regrets 48; Sharp Sensation 47; Charlene 47.

6. Little Lady Cup, Div-I 1,200m (Cl III; Rt. 44-72) 3.15 pm: Staffordshire 60; Santillana 58; Peace Envoy 56; Crimson King 54.5; Smokey Bear 54; Sadaf 53; Ispahan 52.5; Andestine 50.5; Spanish Drum’s 47.5.

7. Little Lady Cup, Div-II 1,200m (Cl III; Rt.44-72) 3.50 pm: Added Asset 60; Cup Of Life 57; Sky Command 57; Arctic Fancy 54.5; Pure Energy 53.5; Ardon 53; Sovereign Bullet 52; Scarlet Raider 51.5; Magnifico 48.

8. Philosopher Handicap 1,100m (Cl IV; 5-y-o & over Rt. 22-50) 4.25 pm: Cavala 61; Just Kidding 60; Googy Gangster 59.5; Splendid Star 59.5; Iron Warrior 56.5; Stately Honour 55; Tequila Shot 55; Aflicker 54; Glass Slipper 53.5; Special Sovereign 53.5; All Jade 50.5.

Jackpot: 4; 5; 6; 7 & 8.

Treble: (i) 2; 3 & 4; (ii) 6; 7; 8.
   
 

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