ACC set to wear ICC garb
Pratik claims title
Jeev to play in US PGA
Police ban fans at Big 3 galleries
Eveready edge out Bhratri
Customs win
Bengal open versus Assam
Mysore Racing/ Medwin may win in Mysore
Calcutta Racing/ Track trials

Calcutta, June 26: 
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) is set to recast itself in the International Cricket Council (ICC) mould. The idea, one understands, is to become “thoroughly professional.”

That, more than anything else, will help the ACC market itself better.

According to The Telegraph’s sources, the change in structure of this nearly two-decade-old organisation will be complete by March 31 next.

That the ACC would go the ICC way was decided upon at its meeting in London last week. In keeping with tradition, it was held immediately after the ICC’s annual conference.

Apparently, the need to handle the growing finances “better” and to promote cricket “professionally” are the top reasons behind the proposed restructuring.

It is learnt that Pakistan’s Ehsan Mani, the president-elect of the ICC, has been “requested” to formulate the “rules of governance,” reflecting the ICC’s set-up.

The London-based Mani is in Germany right now and, so, a comment on how soon he will begin the ACC-project could not be obtained.

From next year, however, the ACC too will have a chief executive and select committees on the ICC’s pattern. In fact, the ACC will soon advertise for a chief executive.

The ACC will continue to have a president, though. Pakistan’s Lt General Tauqir Zia currently holds that post, and thanks to the recast-induced extension, will remain president till the process is complete.

Bangladesh’s Saber Choudhury, therefore, will only take over after March 31. For now, he has been designated president-elect.

Incidentally, part of Mani’s ‘brief’ is to suggest the location of a permanent secretariat. Sharjah was, till recently, the frontrunner but Singapore and Kuala Lumpur are very much in the running.

It’s confirmed, however, that the secretariat will not be in either India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka or Bangladesh — the four ACC members with Test status.

The existing (and very amateurish) arrangement is such that the secretariat rotates, as does the ACC presidency.

It will, of course, be interesting to see where the Jagmohan Dalmiya-headed Asian Cricket Foundation (ACF) is positioned once the ACC’s restructuring is complete.

Generating funds, after all, is one of the ACF’s activities and the new-look ACC in any case will have a “powerful” finance and marketing committee — quite like the ICC.

Meanwhile, in the next few weeks specially, the ACC will be busy preparing for edition No.2 of the Asian Test Championship, which gets underway in Multan on August 29. The final will be from February 19 next.

[The inaugural edition, in February-March 1999, was won by Pakistan. They beat Sri Lanka in the final.]

Before finalising the Championship sponsors, the ACC will have one-on-ones with top-notch TV networks and production/marketing houses.

On the shortlist, one understands, are: Zee, World Sports Group, Sony and IMG-TWI.


Jamshedpur, June 26: 
Pratik Sengupta of South Eastern Railway Mixed School, Chakradharpur, won the Jamshedpur edition of The Telegraph Schools’ Chess meet with a round to spare, when he beat his schoolmate Varun Anant in the tenth round here today.

Pratik, who lost the last year’s championship to Rohan Vijay Shandilya in tie-breaker, had been in stupendous form this time around, brushing aside his challengers with consummate ease.

Pratik with white, however, survived some initial scary moments in his Round X match against Varun in the French Defence Advance variation. The black held a commendable grip in early stages.

In a resultant rook ending, Varun went wrong and lost a vital d5 pawn on the 43rd move. And it was sufficient for Pratik to clinch the game as well as the title, even if he loses his final game.

Rohan, after yesterday’s defeat to the eventual winner, seemed to have lost his fighting spirit as evident from his game against third seed Abhishek Das. The game started in Queen Gambit variation in which Rohan could have got a piece on eighth move by simply pushing the pawn to d6. Instead he tried to capture the piece in a roundabout way and lost the hold.

On 22nd move, Rohan’s draw offer was declined by Abhishek as the latter was in a winning position. Abhishek finally won in 60 moves, moving himself into the second spot with nine points.

Priya Ratnam, lone girl in the title-race, improved her chances to finish at the top when she shocked fifth seed Sudipto Dasgupta. Sudipto could have drawn the match but he took risks to claim full point. He blundered away his knight in a rook and knight versus rook and bishop ending and consequently went down in 75 moves.


ROUND X: Pratik Sengupta (10) bt Varun Anant (7.5), Rohan Vijay Shandilya (8) lost to Abhishek Das (9), Sudipto Dasgupta (7) lost to (8) Priya Ratnam, Akash Kusum (7) bt Saurabh Anand (7), Nitesh Kejriwal (7) bt Abhishek Biswas (7), Kousik Das (7) lost to Gyanendra Singh (8), Himanshu Shekhar Sharma (7) drew with Biswaranjan Sahoo (7), Soumyadip Sett (7) bt Nilam Elish (7), Vijay Kumar (6.5) lost to Satish Kumar (7.5), Arin Biswas (6.5) lost to Kousik Das (7.5), Raja Mukherjee (6.5) lost to Vikash Kumar Tiwari (7.5), C. Vijay Gopal (6.5) bt Rashmi Kanchan (6.5), Mrityunjay Hansda (6.5) lost to Sourabh Chatterjee (7.5), Anirban Pati (6) lost to Ankit Amartya (7.5).    

New Delhi, June 26: 
Jeev Milkha Singh received a special invitation to take part in The International today, an event on the US PGA Tour.

According to information received here, Jeev said from Japan: “It is the ultimate dream of every golfer to play on the PGA Tour and I am excited about the possibilities. The International is one of the biggest events on the US Tour and I am thankful to the sponsors for considering my case for an exemption.”

Sponsored by Hero Honda, Jeev, will become only the second Indian after Arjun Atwal to feature on the US PGA Tour.

Gaurav Ghei and Jyoti Randhawa have made it to the prestigious British Open, one of the four majors which is part of the PGA Tour schedule.

Jeev’s recent performance at the Dubai Desert Classic was impressive. He finished sixth and set an European Tour putting record. He also finished fourth on the Japanese PGA Tour.

“I have already kept my cards for 2002 on both Japanese and European PGA Tours. That takes a lot of pressure off me and I can now concentrate on getting into the PGA Tour. Of course, the best way would be to win The International and get a two-year exemption. But I am now focussing towards the Q School. That’s my final aim for the season,” the 29-year-old Chandigarh-based pro said.

The International will be hosted for the 14th successive year by the Castle Pines Golf Club in Castle Rock, Colorado.

Defending champion Ernie Els is expected to take on a world-class field including world No. 1 Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, David Duval, Sergio Garcia and Vijai Singh.


Calcutta, June 26: 
The city police today declared the Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting Club galleries unsafe for spectators.

Deputy commissioner of police, headquarters, Raj Kanojia said the police has permitted the IFA to conduct matches at the Mohun Bagan and East Bengal grounds, but has banned spectators in the galleries. No matches can, however, be played at the Mohammedan Sporting ground. The arrangements will be reviewed Friday.

Pradip Bose, IFA league sub-committee chairman hoped that the galleries would be certified fit before the Big Three start their campaign. Mohun Bagan open on July 10 followed by East Bengal the next day.

“During first division group A and B ties there are hardly any spectators at the ground,” Bose said.

Inter-school regatta

Lake View defeated Khalsa High by a 1/3 length in the senior boys section while M. P. Birla overcame South Point in the junior boys category by a similar margin in the Servo Indian Oil national inter-school regatta meet today.

OTHER RESULTS — Senior boys: Don Bosco bt Apeejay; Birla High bt St Thomas; Islamia bt Calcutta Boys; Lake View bt La Martiniere; National High bt Chetla Boys.

Junior boys: Kalidhan Inst. Bt M. P. Birla; Khalsa bt St James; Don Bosco bt Kendriya Vidyalaya; Julien Day bt Calcutta Boys; St James bt La Martiniere.

Senior girls: G.D. Birla bt Modern High (G. D. Birla); Mahadevi Birla bt La Martiniere; Calcutta Girls bt G. D. Birla; Mahadevi Birla bt South Point.

Junior girls: Modern High bt Calcutta Girls; Deshbandhu bt Mahadevi Birla.


Midnapore, June 26: 
Eveready Association beat Bhratri Sangha 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out after the IFA cluster final ended 1-1 at regulation time today.

Bhratri’s goal came via skipper Christian Okolonko in the 11th minute with the Nigerian taking a long run from the centre and lobbing the ball past goalkeeper Goutam Sarkar.

Bhratri dominated almost the entire first half until the 35th minute when another Nigerian import, Ifea Nyl, was given marching orders after being shown his second yellow card of the game.

Eveready got the equaliser in the 65th minute when a left-footer by Sariful Islam, off a pass from Suman Ghosh, found the net.


Calcutta, June 26: 
Calcutta Customs’ Sanjoy Roy scored all three goals — self goal included — in their first division group A tie against CFC at Rabindra Sarobar today. The scoreline read 2-1 in favour of Customs.

Elsewhere, Peerless overcame Salkia Friends 2-0. After Laltu Mondal put Peerless ahead in the first half, Dulal Patra increased the margin in the second session.

Bata got past Aryan by a Subhasish Bhowmick goal at the East Bengal ground.

For the second day running, the match at the Mohammedan Sporting ground had to be abandoned because of grass being bigger than the permissible limits.

Supratik in George

Bengal under-19 skipper Supratik Aind switched allegiance from FCI to George Telegraph in the inter-club transfers today.    

Calcutta, June 26: 
Bengal open their East Zone Ranji Trophy campaign versus Assam at home from November 30. Their other three zonal ties this season will be ‘away’ games.

The qualifying meet for the one-dayers will be held in Cuttack.


RANJI TROPHY: Nov. 30-Dec. 3: Bengal vs Assam (Bengal); Dec. 21-24: Bengal vs Tripura (Tripura); Dec. 29-Jan. 1: Bengal vs Bihar (Bihar); Jan 5-8: Bengal vs Orissa (Orissa).

ONE-DAYERS: Dec. 9: Bengal vs Assam; Dec. 11: Bengal vs Bihar; Dec. 13: Bengal vs Orissa; Dec. 15: Bengal vs Tripura.


Mysore, June 26: 
The Shiva-trainee Medwin, in the hands of apprentice S. Ramesh, may win the F. B. Sharma Memorial Gold Cup here tomorrow.


2.15 pm: Emmenbrucke 1. Rare Jewel 2. Young Gentleman 3.
2.45 pm: Golden Throne 1. On The Post 2. Misty 3.
3.15 pm: Sword of Justice 1. Dad’s Joy 2. Beauty Castle 3.
3.45 pm: Genting Highlands 1. Black Flower 2. Poise 3.
4.15 pm: Medwin 1. Prestigious Baby 2. Skipping Away 3.
4.45 pm: Greek Lady 1. Savage Heart 2. Astounding Bay 3.
5.15 pm: Atlantic Star 1. Ultima 2. Sizzling Stamper 3.

Day’s Best: Golden Throne

Double: Emmenbrucke & Greek Lady.

Calcutta, June 26: 
The following trackwork was noted today:

Outer sand track

1,000m: Lockers Park (Islam) and Super Smile (Rb) in 1-12s; (400m) 28s. Former a length better. Aracruz (Islam) and Queen’s Logic (Rb) in 1-17s; (400m) 30s. Former far better. Nearco Prince (Islam) and Aflicker (Rb) in 1-14s; (400m) 29s. Former a length better.

800m: Victoria Rose (Rb) and Alvernia (Islam) in 1-4s; (400m) 29s. Former better. Clarice Cliff (Islam) in 1-0s; (400m) 29s. Master Bold (Brij S,) in 1-0s; (400m) 27s. Easy. Aherlow (Brij S.) in 1-1s; (400m) 28s. Easy.

Sand track

1,400m: Stately Don (Tamang) in 1-48s;(400m) 29s. Easy.

800m: Secret Adversary (Yasin) and Alumnus (Kujur) in 1-1s; (400m) 25s. Were level. Just Kidding (P. Alford) in 1-0s; (400m) 30s. Starina (Rutherford) in 52s; (400m) 23s. Good. Russian Czar (Rutherford) in 53s; (400m) 23s. Fit. Pure Passion (Rutherford) in 54s; (400m) 25s. Note. On The Bit (Rutherford) in 57s; (600m) 23s. Easy. Prince Obolensky (K. Kumar) in 53s; (400m) 23s. Handy. Ispahan (Rutherford) 57s;(400m) 24. Easy. Mameena (K. Kumar) in 57s; (400m) 24s. Handy.

400m: Adeline (Rb) in 29s.    


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