ITI sign five from EB
Paes-Bhupathi slips to 13th spot
New deal 49 per cent more
8-wkt win for N. Howrah CC
Spice humble Seagrams
Ootacamund Races/ ‘Ransom’ for main event

Calcutta, May 22: 
Five East Bengal players — Trijit Das, Zaheer Abbas, Sheikh Sanjib, Amandeep Singh and Raghui Singh — have taken inter-state transfers to play for ITI, Bangalore, in the upcoming season.

All five were recruited by the Bengal giants after they graduated from the Tata Football Academy (TFA) last year.

While Sanjib and Zaheer played a few matches last season, the other three hardly got a chance to display their talent to the Maidan crowd.

ITI coach Mohammed Habib was the TFA coach when these players were in the academy. Habib made an appeal recently to his former wards to join ITI. The Bangalore team narrowly avoided relegation in the recently-concluded National League, finishing 10th.

Twenty-nine players have so far left the state this season. Inter-state transfers close on May 31.

India jump five spots

India have moved up to 116 in the Fifa rankings from last month’s 121. They have 370 points. Among India’s rivals in the pre-World Cup qualifying group, Yemen have made good progress, jumping to 141 from 161.

Brunei, despite conceding 28 goals in the six matches without scoring any and collecting a point, crawled up to 190 from 195. UAE, the group champions, gained two spots to move to 64.

In Asia, India stay 22nd with Saudi Arabia (28th in the world) on top, followed by South Korea (39) and Iran (41).

Bagan letter to govt

Mohun Bagan have written a letter to chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, demanding immediate reconstruction of the government stands in the three enclosed grounds at the Maidan.


Calcutta, May 22: 
Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi has slipped two more spots in the ATP Champions Race. According to the latest doubles ranking list released yesterday, the former Wimbledon and French Open champions are ranked 13th. They were 11th last Monday.

The Indians have so far garnered 150 points. Americans Donald Johnson and Jared Palmer and Zimbabwe’s Wayne Black-Kevin Ullyett share the 11th spot.

The Swede-Australian pair of Jonas Bjorkman-Todd Woodbridge lead with 564 points.


1. Jonas Bjorkman (Swe)-Todd Woodbridge (Aus), 564 points; 2. Joshua Eagle-Andrew Florent (Aus), 242); 3. Wayne Ferrera (SA)-Yevgeny Kafelnikov (Rus), 232; 4. Petr Pala-Paul Vizner (Cze), 228; 5. Daniel Nestor (Can)-Sandon Stolle (Aus), 227; 6. Mark Knowels (Bah)-Brian MacPhine (US), 224; 7. Jiri Novak-David Rikl (Cze), 193; 8. Bob Bryan-Mike Bryan (US), 179; 9. Michael Hill (Aus)-Jeff Tarango (US), 170; 10. David Adams (SA)-Martin Garcia (Arg), 162; 11. Donald Johnson-Jared Palmer (US), 155; 11. Wayne Black-Kevin Ullyett (Zim), 155; 13. Leander Paes-Mahesh Bhupathi (Ind), 150; 14. Wayne Arthurs (Aus)-Nenad Zimonjic (Yug), 146; 15. Byron Black (Zim)-David Prinosil (Ger), 140; 16. Marian Hood-Sebastian Prieto (Arg), 126.


New Delhi, May 22: 
It’s bonanza time for Indian cricketers. Graded payments, long term contracts and now added sponsorship revenue is on the anvil.

According to Dr A. C. Muthiah, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), IMG-TWI has emerged the highest bidder for the Indian team. “We are still negotiating but the new sponsorship deal will be 49 per cent more than the existing deal with ITC,” Muthiah informed after a prolonged meeting of the finance committee.

Revealing the details of the bid, Muthiah said the maximum revenue is expected from the logos on apparel. He said that IMG-TWI has promised to pay Rs 50 lakh per Test match and Rs 43 lakh for each one-day International.

For a logo on the non-leading arm (for example, the right arm of a righthand batsman), the amount to be offered is Rs 5 lakh per Test and Rs 4.25 lakh per one-dayer.

The Wills Trophy will be replaced by a new trophy, for which IMG will pay Rs 1 crore each year. The contract is worth Rs 3 crore for three years.

About sponsorship of the Indian team for the forthcoming Zimbabwe tour, Muthiah said that the old agreement with ITC is valid till June 30. “We are discussing with ITC as to which logo (Wills Sport or Welcome Hotel Group) the players will wear”.

The team is scheduled to leave Mumbai for Harare in the early hours of Friday. So the new sponsorship deal will come into effect during the closing stages of Zimbabwe tour (first week of July) and in the following tour to Sri Lanka.

On the issue of long term contracts and graded payments for players, Muthiah confirmed that both issues will be finalised by the year-end. Muthiah, however, expressed reservations about players entering into contracts with the Board as well as corporate houses for endorsements. He felt the issue will be resolved only after prolonged discussions with the players. “They can’t have it both ways,” he added.

Asian Test championship

Muthiah, accompanied by BCCI secretary Jaywant Lele and treasurer Kishore Rungta, will leave tonight for Lahore to attend the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting on Thursday.

The agenda for the meeting includes discussions on development of cricket in the region and venues for the Asian Test Championship to be held later this year.

The BCCI president did not foresee any problem about India’s participation in the Asian Test Championship. “The government ban is only on bilateral series and not for multilateral engagements.”


Calcutta, May 22: 
North Howrah CC beat Khadim Ashok Malhotra Academy by eight wickets in the Pepsi Ambar Roy sub-junior cricket meet at Eden Gardens today.

Mohan Kayal of Ashok Malhotra Academy made 52 but his team was all out for 124 in 23.2 overs. Sajal Chakraborty took three wickets for 24. North Howrah reached the target with 3.5 overs to spare.


Khadim Ashok Malhotra Academy 124 in 23.2 ovs (Mohan Kayal 52, Sajal Chakraborty 3/24). North Howrah CC 127/2 in 21.1 ovs (Arjun Sett 31 n.o.). North Howrah won by 8 wkts.

Shute Banerjee CC 169/7 in 25 ovs (Subhendu Karmakar 52, Abhishek Nag Chowdhury 39). Pankaj Gupta CC 151/6 in 25 ovs (Raju Adhikari 53, Pijus Saha 43, Abhirup Ganguly 3/23). Shute Banerjee CC won by 18 ryns.

Liluah CCC 175/1 in 25 ovs (C. Thakur 61 n.o., S. Goswami 54 n.o.). Belgachia Players Corner 116/9 in 25 ovs (A. Dutta 3/24). Liluah CCC won by 59 runs.

Palta Biswanath CC 106/9 in 25 ovs (A. Adhikari 41, Bijoy Pal 3/8). Bhadrakali CC 87 in 22.4 ovs (Nirmal Acharya 3/21). Palta Biswanath CC won by 19 runs.

Sonarpur Sporting Association 188/2 in 25 ovs (Habibur Rehman 66 n.o., Sourav Ghosh 48, Sarajit Yadav 34 n.o.). Barasat Subhas Institute 123/8 in 25 ovs (Joydeep Roy 4/23). Sonarpur Sporting Association won by 65 runs.

BNR School of Cricket 161/2 in 25 ovs (Debopriyo Sur 70, Somshubhra Mukherjee 56). CCCC Rabindra Sarobar 151/7 (Somshubhra Mukherjee 3/35). BNR won by 10 runs.

Junior basketball

Rakhee Sangha and Birbhum girls today entered the semi-finals of the 17th state junior basketball championships at Chetla Park. In their last group league matches, Rakhi Sangha beat Blue Jays 31-14, while Birbhum edged South 24 Parganas 16-14. Rakhee Sangha will meet Burdwan and Birbhum face BBYS in the semi-finals.

In the boys section, the semi-finalists are Burdwan, Rakhee Sangha, Chetla Park and Barisha AC. Burdwan beat BTA 51-24, Barisha AC beat BBYS 58-35 and Chetla Park outscored Chhatra Samity 43-32.

State archery

The 29th state archery meet will be held at the SAI, Eastern Centre over the weekend.


Calcutta, May 22: 
Spice humbled Seagrams 4-1 in The Telegraph Merchants’ Cup football competition at CCFC today.


Selvel A bt Tata Steel A 2-0; ABN Amro bt The Park 2-0; Smithkline Beechan bt Norinco 2-0; IISCO bt J. Thomas 1-0; TCT Software bt The Telegraph 3-2.


Ootacamund, May 22: 
The Robert Foley- trained four-year-old Queen’s Ransom is taken to win the 2,000m Udhagamandalam Cup, the main event at the Ootacamund (Udhagamandalam) races on Wednesday. A. Imran Khan partners the Prince of Birds-Elegant Tune filly.


11 am: Fairy Winter 1. Star Prospect 2. Barrier Ridge 3.
11.30 am: Head Hunter 1. Simply Dashing 2. Autumn Hues 3.
12 noon: Major Attraction 1. Brave Vision 2. Swing Till Dawn 3.
12.30 pm: Arabian Princess 1. Regal Chest 2. Octogonal 3.
1 pm: Queen’s Ransom 1. Master Weaver 2. Imperial Scholar 3.
1.30 pm: Calypso Run 1. Own Ordain 2. Prime Target 3.
2 pm: Armiger 1. Bourbon Boy 2. Amber Royal 3.
2.30 pm: Arctic Charmer 1. Rainbow Corner 2. Little Charmer 3.
Day’s Best: Fairy Winter
Double: Major Attraction & Queen’s Ransom

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