Prasad, Nehra recalled
Srinath ruled out on overall fitness
Board XI shot out for 221
Barisha win
Goho gym refurbished
CESC humble Port 3-0
Calcutta Racing : Luck helps Annalee notch up seventh straight victory
Mumbai Racing / Mile trip to suit Favorite Trick

New Delhi, March 7: 
The national selectors opted for experience in their bid to thwart the rampaging Australians. For the second Test in Calcutta, starting March 11, two 31-year-olds have been recalled — left arm spinner Venkatpathy Raju and medium pacer Venkatesh Prasad.

Raju last played for India in the third Test against the Aussies in Bangalore, 1998, which India lost. Raju has taken 92 wickets in 27 Test matches, with a career-best of six for 14 against Sri Lanka in Chandigarh in 1991.

Prasad last played for India in January 2000, also against Australia, in the third Test in Sydney. Prasad has taken 85 Test wickets with a best of six for 33 against Pakistan in the first Test in Chennai in 1999.

The 14-member squad announced by the convenor of the selection committee, J. Y. Lele, contains four changes from the side which lost the first Test in Mumbai by ten wickets in three days.

Besides Raju and Prasad, the two others included are 21-year-old off-spinner from Punjab Sarandeep Singh and Delhi’s mediumpacer Ashish Nehra.

Though the batting collapsed twice in three days, the selectors have retained the same set of seven batsmen. Hemang Badani may again be confined to the reserves.

Two spinners and two fast bowlers have been axed from the Mumbai squad. Selection committee chairman Chandu Borde said that both Jawagal Srinath and Ajit Agarkar were unfit and so unavailable for the Calcutta Test. Lele clarified that Srinath “had not fully recovered from the fracture on his index finger”.

Borde added that he hoped Srinath would be fit for the third Test in Chennai and the selectors did not want to risk him for the second Test. “Agarkar is down with viral fever and conveyed his unavailability to the selectors,” Borde added.

For the left-arm spinner’s slot, the selectors had a prolonged discussion on the relative merits of Raju and Mumbai’s Nilesh Kulkarni. Borde admitted that Nilesh nearly got the nod but then it was felt that Raju’s experience would be of immense value.

Raju was also preferred as both the off-spinners in the squad — Punjab’s Sarandeep and Harbhajan Singh are relatively inexperienced. The inputs of coach John Wright were also considered. Wright had said that Raju bowled well at nets and was more accurate than others.

Nehra was recalled ahead of Debashish Mohanty because Borde said that the Delhi medium pacer extracts greater pace off the wicket. In the case of Prasad, weightage was given to experience. Nayan Mongia was chosen ahead of Samir Dighe and Vijay Dahiya as the selectors are satisfied with his fitness and form.

Sarandeep, who hails from Amritsar, claimed six wickets in the only Test match he played against Zimbabwe in November 2000 in Nagpur. Sarandeep enjoys flighting the ball to batsmen and says he improved his craft by practising the valuable tips given by legendary Erapalli Prasanna during his stint at the National Cricket Academy from May to July 2000.

Sarandeep says he has bowled in tandem with Harbhajan for Punjab in the Ranji Trophy and at age-group levels. In case both are selected to play the Calcutta Test, it will be in over a decade that India will field two off spinners in a Test.


Sourav Ganguly, Sadagopan Ramesh, Shiv Sundar Das, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, V. V. S. Laxman, Hemang Badani, Nayan Mongia, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Venkatesh Prasad, Harbhajan Singh, Sarandeep Singh and Venkatapathy Raju.


Calcutta, March 7: 
Though Jawagal Srinath had declared last evening itself that he was fit, a lengthy tele-conference between him and both the captain and coach led to a ‘‘reassessment’’ of his overall fitness.

Contacted by The Telegraph this evening, Srinath said: “I told both Sourav and Wright that I had no problems bowling but, when the question of also contributing in the field and with the bat came up, that element of uncertainty was there.

“Accordingly, it was felt that though I could have gone through all my overs, there was the chance of either letting go a crucial catch or ... In the larger interest then, it was decided that I rest for the next Test. Of course, I am extremely disappointed.”

The third and final Test, in Chennai, begins March 18.


New Delhi, March 7: 
Australia 451, 53/1
Board XI 221

The Australian juggernaut rolls on unimpeded.

With just three frontline bowlers and a little help from Mark Waugh, the Aussies dismissed the Board President’s XI for a paltry 221 in a little over four hours, after being all out for 451.

By stumps on the second day, Australia, who did not enforce the follow-on, reached 53 for one in their second innings with Michael Slater showing ominous signs of returning to form.

The President’s men made a poor start to their innings. Without a run on the board, Vijay Dahiya missed the line of a faster Damien Fleming delivery and was plumb leg before. Then Mohammed Kaif batted elegantly with a dour Sridharan Sriram. Kaif seemed to be settling down with 33 off 67 balls. However, he was tricked by the wily Colin Miller, who placed Damien Martyn at short mid-on and tossed one up to Kaif. The youngster stepped out to drive but the ball held back and the low shot was clutched by a gleeful Martyn. Sriram was the next to go, beaten for pace by Michael Kasprowicz and nicking to wicktkeeper Brad Haddin.

Coming in at 55 for two skipper Sourav Ganguly battled for 92 minutes for his 40 runs.

However, his start was shaky. He was dropped by Martyn when on one at first slip and then again on two at second slip by Justin Langer. He again had a close shave when on 21. He edged a faster off-break from Miller, which fell just short of Matthew Hayden at first slip and wide of the despairing lunge by Haddin.

Thereafter, Sourav seemed to settle down. He caressed Michael Kasprowicz to the third-man boundary and placed the next delivery past point for another four. He also stepped out elegantly to hoist Miller into the Ambedkar football Stadium for a huge six.

Sourav finally fell when he stepped out to drive Mark, missed the line as the ball kept low and rattled the stumps. The two southpaws, Sourav and the lanky Dinesh Mongia added 92 runs for the fourth wicket

Mongia relied on belligerent pulls to the mid-wicket and swept powerfully off the front foot. Displaying good application, Mongia anchored the innings and his well-compiled 66 contained three sixes — all off Miller over mid-wicket — and nine fours. He fell with the score at 204, slashing at a Kasprowicz outswinger to be nabbed by Ricky Ponting at third slip.

After his dismissal, the wickets fell like nine pins and the innings terminated within 17 runs.


Calcutta, March 7: 
Barisha Sporting beat City AC by 64 runs in their CAB league championship play-off pre-quarter final match today.

It was unlucky for Ujjal Das, who remained unbeaten one short of the magic three-figure mark and anchored the team to victory.


(Championship pre-quarters)

Barisha Sporting 334/8 (Ujjal Das 99 n.o., Dibyendu Chakraborty 63, Subhradeep Ganguly 59, Shome Kapoor 45; Altaf Hossain 4/107). City AC 270 (Sandip Das 77, Prabir Acharya 3/86). Barisha won by 64 runs.

(Relegation play-off quarter finals)

Taltala Institute 364 in 84.2 overs (Asit Ghosh 108, Anupam Giri 70, Mrinal Kanti Dey 66; Avisekh Roy 6/112, Chandra Nath Sanyal 3/102). Match vs Aikya Sammelani.

Excelsiors 318/8 (Moloy Sarkhel 90, Vikash Mansata 81; Abhijit 3/70). Match versus Shibpur Institute.

ABP Sports Club 445/6 in 85 ovs (Mrinmoy Mazumder 177, Kumar Dey 100, Rathin Dey 42). Match vs YMCA (College).


Calcutta, March 7: 
An ancient gymnasium, made famous by world champion wrestler Gobor (Jatindra Charan) Goho, has been refurbished by his disciples, and will re-inaugurated with a bit of glitter on March 13.

The gymnasium, established way back in 1857 by Gobor Goho’s grandfather, Ambika Charan Goho at Masjid Bari Street, was the seat of physical instruction and of wrestling in those days. The venue of the gymnasium did change a couple of times before, in 1936 it finally got its place in Goabagan Street (now Gobor Goho Sarani) in north Calcutta.

That has remained the venue of the akhara and gym since, and after Gobor Goho died in 1972 and his son also passed away in the last decade, the famous wrestler’s discipiles got together to rejuvenate the akhara.

At a press conference today they said that a wrestling museum will be the biggest novelty in the gym/akhara, with mementoes of Goho (including pictures, clippings) during and after his light heavyweight professional world title win in San Francisco on August 30, 1921, beating German Ad Santel in the final.

It will also contain books and other memorabilia of wrestling in the city and in the country from those times.


Calcutta, March 7: 
CESC today humbled Calcutta Port Trust 3-0 in their BHA first division league group A match. The scoring was opened by Sunil Souren, and Anil Ekka made it 2-0. The tally was rounded off through an Anil Maity strike.

At the East Bengal ground Eastern Railway and BNR failed to score. FCI had a 2-0 win over Mohammedan Sporting at the latters’ ground. Ranjan Lakra set FCI off, converting a penalty stroke and Gubinder Singh followed up with a field goal.

Test ticket sales

Tickets worth Rs 75 lakh have so far been sold for the second Test to be held in Calcutta from March 11, CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya said today.    

Calcutta, March 7: 
For the six in-a-row winner, Annalee, it was more the ‘hand of God’ than merit which helped the Vijay Singh-trained filly get into the winners’ enclosure today. The 6-4 favourite by Gold Discovery out of Precocity was amply supported in her endeavour to lift The Metropolitan, the afternoon’s chief event, by an equally strongly fancied Clarice Cliff and his jockey Mark Reuben. Up in the final furlong and in a challenging position, Reuben unbalanced himself as his charge continued to lug-in thus allowing Annalee to record her seventh straight win, albeit by a short-head.

The other favourites to deliver the goods were Silver Toy in the Bangalore Turf Club Cup and Aherlow in the Adelina Handicap. However, the biggest gamble of the season was landed in the concluding event, the Daramul Handicap. Trainer Daniel David’s Crimson King, with B. Gurang in the saddle, was backed from 7’s down to 6-4 and the demotee revealed his true class to justify the odds.

The afternoon also witnessed the young apprentice Rutherford Alford booting home his first winner of the season. Displaying mature handling, he guided father Richard’s trainee, Russian Czar, to a smart victory in the Navy Cup.


1. Play Boy Handicap 1,400m: (7-1-3-8) Nearco Prince (Rabani) 1; Royal Ruler (P. Alford) 2; Scavenger’s Son (Manohar) 3; Go India Go (Som S.) 4. Won by: 1-3/4; Nk; 4; (1-28.2). Tote: Win Rs 80; Place: 20; 16; 12; Quinella: 179; Tanala: 693. Fav: Scavenger’s Son (3). Winner trained by Bharath S.

2. Bangalore Turf Club Cup 2,000m: (6-7-5-8) Silver Toy (Gowli) 1; Alkido (Rabani) 2; Cool Quest (M. Reuben) 3; Super Smile (Islam) 4. Won by: 1/2; Nk; 1-1/4; (2-11.4). Tote: Win Rs 24; Place: 15; 21; 19; Quinella: 56; Tanala: 271. Fav: Silver Toy (6). Winner trained by D. Byramji.

3. Adelina Handicap 1,200m: (2-1-5-9) Aherlow (C. Alford) 1; Anokato (A. Imran) 2; Arterial (A. P. Singh) 3; Peppy Mistress (M. Reuben) 4. Won by: 3-3/4; 4-3/4; Nk; (1-13.9). Tote: Win Rs 17; Place: 12; 15; 68; Quinella: 18; Tanala: 450. Fav: Aherlow (2). Winner trained by Vijay S.

4. Navy Cup 1,400m: (9-11-5-8) Russian Czar (Rutherford) 1; Pneumatic Power (A. Imran) 2; Diplomatic Gesture (Manohar) 3; Alembic (C. Alford) 4. Not run: Flinders (12). Won by: 1-1/4; Nk; 2-3/4; (1-26.4). Tote: Win Rs 58; Place: 21; 23; 52; Quinella: 254; Tanala: 8,585. Fav: Alembic (8). Winner trained by R. Alford.

5. The Metropolitan 1,200m: (2-5-1-6) Annalee (C. Alford) 1; Clarice Cliff (M. Reuben) 2; Stately Don (A. Imran) 3; Mystic Hill (Yasin) 4. Won by: SH; 2-1/4; 3/4; (1-13.4). Tote: Win Rs 24; Place: 17; 15; Quinella: 25; Tanala: 167. Fav: Annalee (2). Winner trained by Vijay S.

6. Daramul Handicap 1,200m: (1-6-2-4) Crimson King (Gurang) 1; Storm Centre (Upadhya) 2; Constantine (Smith) 3; Aragrove (A. Imran) 4. Won by: 2-1/4; Nk; 2-1/4; (1-13.8). Tote: Win Rs 48; Place: 22; 97; 32; Quinella: 3,676; Tanala: 22,145. Fav: Aileron (5). Winner trained by Daniel D.

Jackpot: Rs 18,796; (C) Rs 285.

Treble: (i) Rs 266; (ii) Rs 2,131.


Mumbai, March 7: 
Known to be comfortable over a mile circuit and beyond, the lowely placed Favorite Trick is expected to claim the 1,600m Fair Haven Trophy, in Mumbai races on Thursday. P. Kamlesh partners the Rainbows For Life-On The Staff five-year-old mare trained by Sorab Jilla.


3 pm: Arabella 1. Burning Issue 2. Astaire 3.

3.30 pm: Calpurnia 1. Triumphant 2.

4 pm: Southern Star 1. Chittor 2. Truely Remarkable 3.

4.30 pm: Sarena Pride 1. Arctic Girl 2. Blusheon 3.

5 pm: Favorite Trick 1. Viking 2. El Cid 3.

5.30 pm: Silver Sea 1. Special Crown 2. Silently 3.

6 pm: Jaannisar 1. Days Of Glory 2. Heartbreaker 3.

Day’s Best: Calpurnia Double: Arabella & Favorite Trick


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