No change in plans to host India: Zia
Another one-point outing for EB
Madhya Bharat extend lead
Qualifiers for Namibia meet
New rules from East India TT
Calcutta Races/ D. David is man to watch today
Track Trials/ Actress impresses
Pune Racing/ Secret Blessing’s fancied

 
 
NO CHANGE IN PLANS TO HOST INDIA: ZIA 
 
 
BY LOKENDRA PRATAP SAHI
 
Calcutta, July 19: 
Volatile Union sports minister Uma Bharti hasn’t reacted after the Agra Summit, but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is going ahead with plans to host India in September.

India are scheduled to meet Pakistan in the Asian Test Championship game in Lahore, from September 12-16. Incidentally, India’s last Test in Pakistan was way back in December 1989, in security-packed Sialkot.

[The Indian cricketers’ last trip across the border, though, was in September-October 1997, for a series of three ODIs. For the record, Pakistan toured India twice in early 1999.]

Bharti, traditionally a hawk on relations with Pakistan, is understood to have mellowed considerably in the lead-up to the Summit. However, she hasn’t gone public with her thoughts after Agra.

An explosive response can’t be ruled out.

The PCB, though, doesn’t think the failure to even issue a joint statement (after the many Atal Bihari Vajpayee-Pervez Musharraf one-on-ones) will again derail cricket-specific ties with India.

“A Summit is for things more important than cricket... And, clearly, no sport should be linked to its outcome,” remarked PCB chief Lt General Tauqir Zia this afternoon.

Contacted by The Telegraph on his cellphone in Rawalpindi, General Zia added: “President Musharraf is himself the PCB’s patron-in-chief and, till now, I haven’t heard anything to suggest India will not be playing in Lahore.”

General Zia continued: “In any case, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has already said it is game, after the okay from relevant quarters...”

That, of course, is correct but with a Bharti around, nothing at all can be taken for granted. Certainly not a letter (to the BCCI) signed by a sports ministry bureaucrat. That, too, two months ago.

The ministry’s clearance is mandatory for all visits overseas.

Meanwhile, General Zia informed he will soon be meeting President Musharraf, largely to brief him on the latest PCB developments: Internal restructuring, a new selection committee and the scouting for another coach from overseas.

While the PIA-employed Wasim Bari has been retained chief selector, three ‘pro’ selectors have been appointed: Shafique Ahmed (he has, in the past, been a non-paid selector), Mohsin Khan and Aaquib Javed.

It’s certainly a first in the region.

“The salary-structure hasn’t been finalised but, now, the selectors will be obliged to keep moving about and watching domestic cricket. Bari won’t get a salary from the PCB as he already holds a full-time job,” General Zia pointed out.

With General Zia himself sure of the priorities, and the likes of Rameez Raja backing him to the hilt, the PCB appears headed for its best days.

   

 
 
ANOTHER ONE-POINT OUTING FOR EB 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, July 19: 
EAST BENGAL 1
BNR 1

East Bengal flirted with defeat once again before taking home one point from today’s Super Divison match against BNR.

This was the second time in three matches that East Bengal failed to protect a one-goal lead before settling for a 1-1 draw. It took their tally to five points and helped BNR open their account in their third outing.

Jackson Egygpong headed home Chandan Das’ corner from the right in the 50th minute but Subhashish Chakraborty replied in similar fashion ten minutes later.

The holders would have been in deeper trouble had referee Jayanta Chakraborty not ignored Satyabrata Bhowmick’s unfair challenge on Subhashish well inside the box. It was in the 86th minute and a penalty at that stage could have cost East Bengal the match.

Satyabrata was beaten for pace as the striker ran down the right flank and entered the box. He was all set to have a go at the goal before the defender hugged him around the waist and brought him down. There were just three players inside the penalty box at that time and the referee’s view could not have been obstructed.

The ground condition was better than the earlier days but not good enough to inspire East Bengal into quality football in the first half. There was not a single move suggesting organisation and the occasional BNR forays had their defence in trouble.

Moinul Haq and Balai Mondal wasted chances to have a crack at the goal from close and on both occasions the East Bengal defenders, including Jackson, were squarely beaten.

At the other end, BNR kept their box crowded and Partha Saha and Sandipan Das effected two timely interceptions to prevent Koustav Ghosh from shots at the goal.

East Bengal midfielders were hardly allowed any room in the rival zone and Chandan and Anit Ghosh complicated things further by picking up their second yellow cards of the League. Both will miss the next match — against Bhratri Sangha Wednesday.

East Bengal moved Amit Das to the right of midfield in the second half and the move clicked. The diminutive medio’s hard work resulted in a number of crosses from that side. Strikers Dipendu Biswas and Srikanta Dutta (who replaced Koustav), however, rarely got enough behind the deflections.

East Bengal needed more power behind those deflections and Jackson provided that with a thumping header which rocketed into the net past a number of men stationed on the goalline. East Bengal got similar chances later but the final touch either lacked punch or went wide of the mark.

BNR didn’t venture upwards very often but looked threatening when they did. Hemanta Dora had to stretch himself to the full to tip over Mondal’s cross from the right but couldn’t repeat the act off the resultant corner.

Amit Ghosh curled it towards the far post from where veteran Robin Chowdhury headed it into the middle. A number of heads leapt for the ball but Subhashish was the one to get there first and his effort from close gave Dora no chance. The veteran ’keeper should also take some blame for not being able to reach the ball even after leaving the goalline.

TEAMS

EAST BENGAL: Hemanta Dora; Surya Chakraborty, Ranjan Dey, Jackson Egygpong, Falguni Dutta; Chandan Das, Anit Ghosh (Jiten Rai, 29), Tushar Rakshit (Satyabrata Bhowmick, 69), Amit Das; Dipendu Biswas, Koustav Ghosh (Srikanta Dutta, 67).

BNR: Sujit Chowdhury; Amit Ghosh, Robin Chowdhury, Sandipan Das, Partha Saha; Jayanta Ghosh (Kamal Ghosh, 52), Moinul Haq, Lakshman Singh, Partha Mitra (Sudip Mondal, 80); Subhashish Chakraborty, Balai Mondal (Atanu Das, 88).

Referee: Jayanta Chakraborty.

   

 
 
MADHYA BHARAT EXTEND LEAD 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, July 19: 
Madhya Bharat extended their lead over Williamson Magor to nine strokes after third day’s action at The Telegraph Merchants’ Cup golf tournament at the RCGC today.

The final day promises to be exciting with Lakshman Singh firing for Williamson Magor and Madhya Bharat’s Manish Periwal will have to work hard to protect the lead.

After the heroics of Bharat Lal yesterday, Deepak Pradhan carded a not-so-hot 86 for Williamson Magor but Jaideep Chitlangia’s 80 meant the gap could still be bridged.

However, Lakshman will have to be in top form and hope for co-operation from the weather gods.

He will love to replicate the round played by his elder son Arjun who made six birdies and one bogey in his effort of five-under par 67.

This ensured Juco Machinery are in with a chance to annex The Telegraph Challenge Cup where Golf Stoppe took the lead through G.S. Baweja, who had a plus-12 to facilitate a total of plus-22 and a six-stroke advantage.

Overnight leaders Maxtone Paints are in fourth place at plus-10 behind Sudsons & Four Musketeers who have plus-12.

The race for top honours after the big two in Division I has J. Thomas A in third place with a total of 247.

The Division II leaders are Tinplate Co of India Ltd A at 263 with Williamson Magor C in second place with 270.

In Division III, George Williamson A are runaway leaders with 247 — 28 strokes ahead of their B team.

Mrs Reena Dhall won the putting competition for ladies and the runner-up was Mrs Baruddin.

   

 
 
QUALIFIERS FOR NAMIBIA MEET 
 
 
BY OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, July 19: 
The top-three finishers at this year’s ICC Trophy — The Netherlands, Namibia and Canada — will feature in a limited overs tournament in the Namibian capital, Windhoek, next April.

It is expected that Kenya and the A teams of South Africa and Zimbabwe will also take part — the idea really being to give the 2003 World Cup qualifiers a much-needed preparatory boost.

One understands the initiative for the tournament has been taken by Dr Ali Bacher, executive director of the World Cup. Indeed, the three qualifiers can do with whatever exposure they get.

Should it be necessary — and a request be made — South Africa will assign coaches to assist the three World Cup qualifiers.

   

 
 
NEW RULES FROM EAST INDIA TT 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, July 19: 
The East Zone table tennis meet, to be held here from July 29, will witness the introduction of new rules in India. This was confirmed by TTFI vice-president Probir Mitra today.

According to the new rules, the diameter of the balls will be 40 mm instead of 30. Also, games will be of 11 points instead of 21 and players will serve twice instead of fiv times. Best-of-five matches will be played over seven games and best-of-three over five.

Mitra also said Bengal’s Sourav Chakraborty won the boys’ title at a meet in Doha recently.

Umpires’ seminar

Twelve umpires from Bengal will attend a BCCI-conducted seminar in Mumbai on August 17 and 18, to be conducted by senior officials S. Venkatraghavan, A.V. Jayaprakash and V.K. Ramaswamy.

Eastern Coalfields win

Eastern Coalfields beat Milan Bithee 1-0 in a group A match of the first division football league at Kishore Bharati Stadium today.

Gymnastics felicitation

The West Bengal Gymnastics Association will felicitate its president and commissioner of police Sujay Chakraborty Saturday.    

 
 
CALCUTTA RACES/ D. DAVID IS MAN TO WATCH TODAY 
 
 
BY STAR RACER
 
Calcutta, July 19: 
Trainer Daniel David is the man to watch in tomorrow’s race-card. Against D. Khaitans’ failed popular runners, the crafty schooler has spread out MAM Ramaswamy’s string which is thoroughly prepared. Among his wards, Scarlet Raider in the Artaius Handicap, Ballet Master in the Salisbury Cup and a vastly improved Anokato, in the afternoon’s feature event, the Nikita Cup, are expected to do well and win their respective events.

Read as: Horse number, last four runs, horse name, trainer, jockey, weight & draw:

1st Race at 1.40 p.m.

Artaius Handicap 1,100m (Cl III—Rated 44-72)
1 1004 Endless Surprise [Daniel] C. Alford 60.0 2
2 2123 Ispahan [Stephens] F. Khan 59.5 1
3 0030 Solo Act [R. Alford] N. Engineer 55.0 4
4 0104 Magnifico [Vijay] Md Islam 51.5 5
5 0200 Scarlet Raider [Daniel] P. Kujur 51.0 3

1. Scarlet Raider (5) 2. Ispahan (2) 3. Endless Surprise (1)

Scarlet Raider: Looking much improved since his last run. May surprise. Ispahan: A speedy youngster. May topple the best. Endless Surprise: May place.

2nd Race at 2.25 p.m.

Salisbury Cup 1,400m (Cl IV, Rt. 22-50)
1 0020 Alborada [Daniel] Dalpat S. 60.5 1
2 0200 Ballet Master [Daniel] B. Gurang 59.0 5
3 - 203 Melodeon [Vijay] C. Alford 57.5 4
4 - 000 Tajik [R. Alford] P. Alford 57.0 2
5 3030 Bul Bul [Javed] N. Engineer 54.0 3

1. Ballet Master (2) 2. Melodeon (3) 3. Bul Bul (5)

Ballet Master: On his fitness he should have done better in last start. Give another chance. Melodeon: Ignore his last easy runs. Must do better.Bul Bul: May place.

3rd Race at 2.55 p.m.

Princess Huma Handicap 1,100m (Cl IV, 5-y-o & over Rt. 22-50)—Indian jockeys only
1 4010 Kargil Soldier [Stephens] K. Kumar 61.0 2
2 3042 Starina [R. Alford] Rutherford A. 61.0 5
3 0002 Just Kidding [R. Alford] P. Alford 56.0 4
4 4214 Global Harmony [Mujeeb] Gajinder S. 51.5 3
5 - 413 Appyness [Mujeeb] P. Kumar 47.0 6
6 4013 Floral Path[Bath] P. Kujur 47.0 1

1. Starina (2) 2. Just Kidding (3) 3. Appyness(5)

Starina: Outclassed by Aflicker but those finished behind her have won their next starts. Just Kidding: May find his stable-fancy hard to beat. Appyness: May place.

4th Race at 3.25 p.m.

Nikita Cup 1,000m (3-y-o in Cl IV; Cl V Eligible—Rt. 00-50) — Indian jockeys only
1 - - 21 Alegria [Vijay] C. Alford 60.0 2
2 - - 21 Albright [Vijay] Brij S. 57.5 1
3 - 202 Alcalde [Bharath] Md Islam 57.5 3
4 3220 Anokato [Daniel] F. Khan 55.0 4
5 - 400 Maltayar [Daniel] Md Yasin 48.5 5

1. Anokato (4) 2. Alcalde (3) 3. Alegria (1)

Anokato: Ignore his last winter form. Looking much improved. Alcalde: With tidy weight to carry may go close to the winner. Alegria: Weight likely to be a stopper.

5th Race at 3.55 p.m.

Flying Glance Handicap 1,400m (Cl III—Rt. 44-72)
1 2020 Harry The Horse [Stephens] F. Khan 60.0 2
2 4303 Aracruz [Bharath] Md Islam 54.5 4
3 1300 Mr. Bombshell [Daniel] P. Kumar 52.0 1
4 4040 Double Bull [Daniel] Saran S. 51.0 6
5 - - 21 Actress [Vijay] C. Alford 50.0 3
6 0343 Raaz [Javed] Md Yasin 48.5 5

1. Actress (5) 2. Double Bull (4) 3. Harry The Horse (1)

Actress: Last winter she went down to Alkido, a winner in Class II. Double Bull: Well in at the weights. May go close. Harry The Horse: May place.

6th Race at 4.30 p.m.

Misty Morn Handicap 1,400m (Cl V—Rt. 00-28) — Indian jockeys only
1 0004 Black Mane [Karki] P. Kujur 60.5 3
2 0003 Rheinheart [Bath] S. Shanker 60.0 8
3 0000 Ballard Lady [Daniel] B. Gurang 56.5 5
4 3030 Finders Keepers [Jaiswal] V. Jaiswal 56.0 4
5 3000 Consul’s Secret [Jaiswal] Haroon K. 54.0 1
6 - 304 Lamborghini [Javed] E. Smith 54.0 6
7 4000 Stella Blue [Mujeeb] Gajinder S. 51.0 2
8 0000 Double Cross [Mujeeb] P. Kumar 47.0 7

1. Rheinheart (2) 2. Lamborghini (6) 3. Black Mane (1)

Rheinheart: On his winter form, he may beat this lot. Looking fit. Lamborghini: Much improved and looking well too. May strike. Black Mane: May upset.

Day’s Best: Actress

Double: Ballet Master & Starina
   

 
 
TRACK TRIALS/ ACTRESS IMPRESSES 
 
 
BY OUR TURF CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, July 19: 
Actress was impr-essive in yesterday’s workouts.

Outer sand track

800m: Lamborghini (Bird) and Raaz (Rb) in 59s; (400m) 27s. Level. Actress (A. P. Singh) in 53s; (400m) 26s. Fit.

400m: Staffordshire (Rb) in 31s.

Sand track

1,400m: Gold Buck (Shanker) in 1-43s; (400m) 26s. Moved well.

1,000m: Ballet Master (B. Gurang) in 1-9s; (400m) 26s. Handy.

800m: Stella Blue (B. Gurang) in 58s; (400m) 25s. Easy. Addab (Rb) in 58s; (400m) 27s. Global Harmony (P. Kumar) in 53s; (400m) 24s. Fit. Bul Bul (Engineer) in 55s; (400m) 24s. Fit. Floral Path (G. Singh) and Jeypore (Shanker) in 58s; (400m) 28s. Level. Highland Flame (P. Kumar) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Maid To Measure (B. Gurang) in 58s; (400m) 28s. Mr. Bombshell (Kujur) in 58s; (400m) 26s. Anokato (Tamang) and Scarlet Raider (P. Kumar) in 58s; (400m) 24s. Level. Ballard Lady (Kujur) in 1-0s; (400m) 27s. Endless Surprise (B. Gurang) in 1-2s; (400m) 28s. Double Bull (Tamang) and Alborada (B. Gurang) in 55s; (400m) 26s. Former too good. Alvarada (A. P. Singh) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Easy. Maltayar (Yasin) in 59s; (400m) 27s.

400m: Solo Act (Engineer) in 29s.    


 
 
PUNE RACING/ SECRET BLESSING’S FANCIED 
 
 
BY HONKY DORY
 
Pune, July 19: 
Trained by S. N. Joshi and ridden by Sathish Narredu Secret Blessing’s is fancied to win the 1,000m Loyal Manzar Trophy, the main event at the Pune races on Friday.

SELECTIONS

1.15 pm: Top’m All 1. Purple Patch 2. Way Beyond 3.
1.45 pm: Sunstreak 1. Freedom of Speech 2. Ragazza 3
2.15 pm: Timbavati 1. Blues Clues 2. Reaching Out 3.
2.45 pm: Mariazella 1. Arabian Commander 2. Sariano 3.
3.15 pm: Northern Frontier 1. Silver Sea 2. Tiger Talk 3.
3.45 pm: Secrets Blessing’s 1. Green Paradise 2. Intel 3.
4.15 pm: Over The Ocean 1. Victory March 2. Winnington 3.
4.45 pm: Eminent Leader 1. Smokin’ Joe 2. Moira 3.

Day’s Best: Timbavati

Double: Sunstreak & Eminent Leader.

Thursday’s Pune results

(With inter-state dividends)
1. Capucino Plate 1,000m: (8-1-2) Osprey (T. Jodha) 1; Millenium Star 2; Blazing Flame 3. Won by: 1-1/2; 1-1/4; (1-0.8). Tote: Win Rs 87; Place: 22; 20; 18; Quinella: 207; Tanala: 1,760. Fav: Stay With Me (10).

2. Grey Flash Plate, Div-II 1,400m: (6-1-4) Anjolie (S. N. Chavan) 1; Coronado 2; Laurels 3. Won by: 3-1/4; 3/4; (1-28.6). Tote: Win Rs 186; Place: 34; 55; 12; Quinella: 1,754; Tanala: 18,238. Fav: Laurels (4).

3. Darado Plate 1,000m: (1-2-7) Ally McBeal (M. Narredu) 1; Absolute Hit 2; Blue Blood 3. Won by: 3-1/4; 1-1/4; (59.7). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 12; 13; 15; Quinella: 33; Tanala: 83. Fav: Ally McBeal (1).

4. Jamshid Plate 1,400m: (1-8-4) Royal Amaretto (Prakash) 1; Nothing Better 2; Tall Boy 3. Not run: Grey Area (9). Won by: 3-1/2; 1-1/4; (1-28.5). Tote: Win Rs 12; Place: 10; 21; 25; Quinella: 44; Tanala: 212. Fav: Royal Amaretto (1).

5. Grey Flash Plate, Div-I 1,400m: (4-2-11) Charismatic (Sandeep) 1; Sun Charmer 2; Blushing Brave 3. Won by: 3-1/4; 3-1/4; (1-29.6). Tote: Win Rs 35; Place: 12; 19; 130; Quinella: 57; Tanala: 2,115. Fav: Charismatic (4).

6. Floral Tribute Plate, Div-I 1,000m: (5-3-8) Chocolate Chip (Gallagher) 1; Draculla 2; Maximus 3. Won by: 2-1/4; Nk; (1-1.8). Tote: Win Rs 36; Place: 18; 31; 19; Quinella: 322; Tanala: 1,469. Fav: Chocolate Chip (5).

7. July Trophy 1,200m: (8-16-9) Star Alone (Bhati) 1; Valencia 2; Change The Attitude 3. Not run: Inca Tern (11). Won by: 3-3/4; Hd; (1-13.5). Tote: Win Rs 45; Place: 19; 17; 20; Quinella: 113; Tanala: 658. Fav: Valencia (16).

8. Camargue Plate 1,000m: (12-10-5) Speed of Light (Appu) 1; Snow Star 2; Clive Commission 3. Won by: 2-1/4; 3/4; (1-0.2). Tote: Win Rs 28; Place: 10; 13; 89; Quinella: 17; Tanala: 541. Fav: Snow Star (10).

9. Floral Tribute Plate, Div-II 1,000m: (8-10-6) War ‘N’ Peace (Rupesh) 1; Imperial Falcon 2; Val Rouge 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 2-1/4; (1-1.3). Tote: Win Rs 70; Place: 20; 29; 44; Quinella: 255; Tanala: 5,398. Fav: Lets Party (4).

Jackpot: Rs 3,566; (C) Rs 183.

Treble: (i) Rs 60; (ii) Rs 524.
   
 

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