Sehwag may stay on for Tests too
Rules push shooters to sub-par performances
BCCI spells out stand on meet
Pem Dorji passes away
Vijayan, Kapoor, Ancheri in
Pune Racing/ Wild Eagle for Mansab Plate

 
 
SEHWAG MAY STAY ON FOR TESTS TOO 
 
 
BY LOKENDRA PRATAP SAHI
 
Calcutta, Oct. 18: 
Allrounder Virender Sehwag, thus far recognised as a one-day specialist, stands a decent chance of staying back for the Test series in South Africa.

As of now, the 15-strong Test squad (for the three-match series beginning November 3) will be picked in Mumbai, on October 22.

Though the team management hasn’t yet made any request, the “gut feeling” among the selectors is that Sehwag “should” stay on (after the tri-series) — either as the seventh/eighth batsman or the lone allrounder.

Incidentally, all five selectors (Chandu Borde, Madanlal, Ashok Malhotra, Sanjay Jagdale and ‘comeback man’ Shivlal Yadav) were present during the Irani Trophy, in Nagpur, and had the opportunity to informally exchange notes.

According to The Telegraph’s sources, unless there is a re-think, the squad will comprise: Two/three openers, five middleorder batsmen (one also filling the allrounder’s slot), one wicketkeeper, two/three spinners and four quicks.

Should a third spinner (Sarandeep Singh) be accommodated, there will then only be place for two specialist openers.

Shiv Sundar Das, Sadagopan Ramesh (assuming he is fit), Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, V.V.S.Laxman, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Jawagal Srinath, Ajit Agarkar, Ashish Nehra and Zaheer Khan are certainties. The New Delhi-based Sehwag is reasonably well-placed.

Of the two remaining berths, one is the wicketkeeper’s. It’s significant, perhaps, the selectors didn’t specifically talk of “replacing” Deep Dasgupta during discussions in Nagpur. Deep, therefore, isn’t on a sticky wicket.

He isn’t uncomfortable opening the batting, either.

The question mark over Ramesh’s fitness, by the way, is causing much confusion over who will partner Shiv Sundar — assuming, of course, the former isn’t available.

Though Wasim Jaffer’s name is bound to crop up, the headstart currently is with Baroda captain Connor Williams. If the latter does go as opener No.2, then who will be the third opener (and 15th man)?

At the moment, nobody has the answer.

For the record, the selectors will go about their job only after the ‘suspect’ players have cleared the fitness test.

   

 
 
RULES PUSH SHOOTERS TO SUB-PAR PERFORMANCES 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Oct. 18: 
A sudden hike in the price of ammunition forced some of the shooters to compete with sub-standard cartridges that affected their performance in the recently-held state shooting championships in Asansol.

Meet rules stipulate that competitors may use no ammunition other than any foreign brand issued by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) or ammunition made at Indian Ordnance Factories (IOF).

At the October 10-14 meet competitors found the NRAI had hiked the price of ammunition to Rs 15 each, while the same was available in the market at lower prices.

Sticking to regulations and to their pockets meant competitors had to go for standard IOF issue which is generally regarded to be sub-standard for competitive purposes. They had to complete their 60 compulsory shoots using IOF-made cartridges. This resulted in low scores and performances.

Srirampur Rifle Club won 21 medals, including 12 golds in the meet.

Opening day washed out

The opening day of the Cooch Behar Trophy tie between Bengal and Tripura at Eden Gardens was washed out without a ball being bowled due to a wet outfield today.

3 state gymnasts Belgium-bound

Tumpa Debnath, Rakhi Debnath and Sundari Mondal are the three state gymnasts who have been selected to represent India at the world gymnastics championships, to be held at Ghent in Belgium from October 26 to November 4.

Age-group chess

The 13th state age group chess championships will be held at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra from November 2 to 8. First two players from each group will qualify for the national age group meet.

Chowrasia leads

Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia of Calcutta blasted a five-under 66 to assume a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the HT Pro Golf at the Lucknow Golf Course today.

According to information received here, a stroke behind Chowrasia, was Delhi’s Zai Kipgen. At tied-third position were Mhow’s Mukesh Kumar, Calcutta’s Rahil Gangjee and local lad Jumman.

   

 
 
BCCI SPELLS OUT STAND ON MEET 
 
 
BY OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
 
Calcutta, Oct. 18: 
India will only go ahead and host edition No. 3 of the ICC KnockOut tournament, in 2002, if the Union government grants Income Tax exemption.

Confirming this today, BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya told The Telegraph from Kuala Lumpur: “If the ICC has time on its hands, then the BCCI can again get back to the government (regarding the exemption). Otherwise, if a decision has to be taken tomorrow itself, then it’s unlikely we can stage the event.”

The first two editions were hosted by Bangladesh (1998) and Kenya (2000). The tournament is a fund-raiser for the ICC, specifically its development programme.

Meanwhile, one understands the 2002 edition will also feature The Netherlands, making it a 12-team competition.

   

 
 
PEM DORJI PASSES AWAY 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Oct. 18: 
Former footballer Pem Dorji passed away at a city nursing home this evening. He was 42.

Dorji was battling against cancer for quite sometime. His body may be taken to his hometown Gangtok for cremation.

IFA in spot again

Hot on the heels of the IFA Shield final fiasco, the IFA is now embroiled in another controversy over allowing East Bengal’s Rajiv Ahmed to take the field despite his second booking in the under-19 National League final last Tuesday.

AIFF secretary Albert Colaco has already sought an explanation from the IFA, and the association joint secretary said: “We have asked match commissioner Bikash Mukherjee (of the first semi-final between East Bengal and JCT)about the incident. On getting his report, we’ll rally it to the AIFF.”

The Indian sub-juniors had lodged a protest with the match commissioner.

   

 
 
VIJAYAN, KAPOOR, ANCHERI IN 
 
 
BY A STAFF REPORTER
 
Calcutta, Oct. 18: 
East Bengal’s I. M. Vijayan and Jo Paul Ancheri and Rishi Kapoor of Mohun Bagan were today named among the 24 Bengal probables for the forthcoming Santosh Trophy. However, it is unlikely that the injured Ancheri is a sensible choice.

Coach Subhas Bhowmick said practice starts at the Mohammedan Sporting ground on October 29 for five days. The final squad of 20 will be picked after that.

Ancheri, who was injured during a scuffle in the IFA Shield final, left for Trissur yesterday and is unlikely to join the squad in time.

THE SQUAD: Goalkeepers — Rajat Ghosh Dastidar, Sandip Nandy, Bivash Ghosh;

Defenders — Dipak Mondal, Partha Sarathi Dey, Hussain Mustafi, Debjit Ghosh, Falguni Dutta, Dulal Biswas, Rishi Kapoor & Lolendra Singh;

Midfielders: Basudeb Mondal, Shasthi Duley, Anit Ghosh, Rennedy Singh, Chandan Das;

Forwards: James Singh, Dipendu Biswas, Bijen Singh, Srikanta Dutta, R.C. Prakash, Amar Ganguly, I.M. Vijayan & Jo Paul Ancheri.

   

 
 
PUNE RACING/ WILD EAGLE FOR MANSAB PLATE 
 
 
BY HONKY DORY
 
Pune, Oct. 18: 
An impressive winner in his first run this season, the Arti Doctor-trained Wild Eagle is expected to repeat the winning performance upon promotion to Class II and win the Mansab Plate in Pune on Friday. Pesi Shroff partners the Don’t Forget Me-Tsar Maiden three-year-old.

SELECTIONS

1.45 pm: Rosehill Gardens 1. Rebel Countess 2. History 3.
2.15 pm: Intensity 1. Fly By Alibi 2. Chittor 3.
2.45 pm: Sudden Glory 1. Exhilarating 2. Spearmint Rhino 3.
3.15 pm: Money Magic 1. Asprilla 2. Royal Standard 3.
3.45 pm: Blue Blood 1. Royal Secret 2. Speed of Light 3.
4.15 pm: Fluency 1. Accademia 2. Tasmac 3.
4.45 pm: Wild Eagle 1. Killarney 2. Cryptonite 3.
5.15 pm: Over The Ocean 1. Crimson Rage 2. Arctic Girl 3.
5.45 pm: Instant Alliance 1. Proud Moment 2. Romanza 3.

Day’s Best: Blue Blood

Double: Rosehill Gardens & Intensity
   
 

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