Wright, Leipus ‘review’ likely in winter break
EB, Tolly also say no to IFA Santosh Trophy call
Mukesh grabs lead with course record
Bengal trail on first innings
Paes, Bhupathi in semi-finals
BCCI meeting
Pune Racing/ Al Dente may cash in on form
Pune Racing/ Daring Don wins

Calcutta, Oct. 27: 
Coach John Wright and physio Andrew Leipus’ performance is likely to be “assessed” after December 23, during India’s four-week break from international commitments.

The review will specifically be undertaken by Board president Jagmohan Dalmiya but, as The Telegraph understands, he will “consult” senior colleagues. Wright has been around for 11 months; Leipus for two years.

Their contracts can only be formally renewed after this assessment. Incidentally, Wright’s contract ends November 15, on the eve of the second Test in South Africa (Port Elizabeth).

In normal circumstances, the review would have been straight after South Africa, but that won’t be practical as less than a week separates the end of the Tests there and the start of the home series against England.

While the last Test in South Africa (Centurion) finishes November 27, the first versus England (Mohali) begins December 3. The break for India will be from December 24 (day after the last Test against England) till January 22 (first ODI versus England).

Dalmiya — who is consistently talking about accountability — has already “written” to both Wright and Leipus and, in turn, the coach has “spoken” to him. Now that the first half of the South Africa tour is over, Wright and Leipus are expected to send an “interim report” to Dalmiya.

The coach is likely to focus on the reasons for his wards’ inconsistency (and the remedy); the physio is expected to dwell on steps being taken to limit injuries.

Both Wright and Leipus were appointed during Dr A.C. Muthiah’s two-year tenure as Board president. He lost to Dalmiya in last month’s high-voltage elections.

Meanwhile, it is learnt Dalmiya favours an administrative manager for the forthcoming home series. Dr Muthiah, it may be recalled, took the lead in giving Chetan Chauhan that job during the last set of commitments at home, against Australia.

By all accounts, Chauhan took much of the pressure off Wright, allowing the coach to concentrate on cricket only. Chauhan himself liaised with officials at the many match venues.

This time, however, the job may not go to a former cricketer. The thinking, apparently, is that former cricketers will always be tempted to “encroach” on the coach’s jurisdiction. Well, Wright seemed comfortable with Chauhan but, then, he won’t be deciding on the manager.

Till 1992-93, when India hosted the first series (Graham Gooch’s England side) with a full-time coach, a manager was always around during home commitments. The advent of the coach, though, changed that. However, “co-ordinators” did get appointed occasionally, with the appointee functioning as administrative manager.

While it’s nice to note Dalmiya, too, is inclined towards a manager for home series’, he should actually look to appointing someone full time. Ad-hoc stuff has no place in today’s cricket.


Calcutta, Oct. 27: 
The Indian Football Association’s (IFA) Santosh Trophy ambitions have been hit hard this year. Almost a week ago Mohun Bagan had said they would not release any of the 12 players called to the camp that starts at the Mohammedan Sporting ground Monday. And today East Bengal said they, too, will not release any of the nine players requisitioned from that club for the Santosh Trophy. Later today, even Tollygunge Agragami, from whom four players were summoned, said no to the call.

That leaves the IFA, a rather unsteady organisation in itself, with virtually no way of forming even a half-decent team for the Santosh Trophy. Coach-elect Subhas Bhowmick had earlier said that he would not like to start any manner of camp with a half-baked selection. That leaves the entire situation in as much of a shambles as the association itself is in.

A spokesman of the club said that East Bengal were not willing to get players injured for a tournament that the IFA wants to put its stamp on. “Look at the IFA,” he said. “The joint secretary (Ranjit Gupta) forced us to play back-to-back in the IFA Shield, and then, even after our players got injured in the fracas with Palmeiras, we were forced to play Mohun Bagan in a matter of three days.”

Exposing the total chaos that rules the IFA today, the official said: “Jo Paul Ancheri, who has been called up, is in no condition to play, neither is Dipak Mondal. We pay them to stay fit, not get injured at the IFA’s whims.”

East Bengal’s letter to the IFA, of course, mentions that it was not possible to release players because of the ensuing National League, the Durand Cup and the Rovers Cup.

Mohun Bagan, of which the IFA had later presented a scaled-down demand for six players, maintained that they will not budge from their stand of not releasing players. “I will field a full-strength team for the Sikkim Governor’s Gold Cup (which overlaps to an extent with the Santosh Trophy), where there are foreign teams in fray. I will not waste manpower and expose my players to injuries in a low-standard meet that will serve only the IFA’s purpose,” said Anjan Mitra, club secretary.

“When we wanted our players in the Indian team bound for England, a dream for any footballer, it was Gupta who put the spanner in the works,” said Mitra. “Now he (Gupta) believes we have to listen to his diktat and risk our investment in players.”

Tollygunge Agragami’s Mantu Ghosh said he was not interested in “looking at Bengal’s interest when the big clubs care two hoots and the IFA can do nothing about it.” He said there will be no players released from Tolygunge for the Santosh Trophy.

In the end it is the IFA with egg in the face. Not that joint secretary Gupta finds this a new situation, having put his foot in his mouth times without number. Last heard, he was rushing for another of his rather obtuse many face-saving efforts.


Calcutta, Oct. 27: 
Mukesh Kumar dealt a double whammy on overnight leader Vivek Bhandari, grabbing both his lead and course record with a scintillating third-round eight-under 64 at the Noida Open Golf Championship today. Mukesh bettered Bhandari’s course record, a seven-under 65, set two days ago in the opening round of the tournament, according to information received here. Bhandari is now placed second at 14-under 202, a stroke behind Mukesh’s 15-under total. Kanpur’s Shiv Prakash had four-under 68 but had to settle for third position at nine-under 207.

City-based Basad Ali was fourth at 211, while another Calcuttan, Indrajit Bhalotia, was tied for fifth with Rohtas Singh at 212. Uttam Mundy (Calcutta) and Digvijay Singh were tied seventh.

Ranjeet wins

In Calcutta, Ranjeet Singh, won the 54-hole RCGC junior Puja golf championship with a gross score of 228 today. Ranjeet was followed by Tashi Kidwai with 247.Manvi Halwasiya, at 260, was best among the girls. The 54-hole handicap stableford meet was won by the young Biren Dey with 313 points. Arya Gupta was second with 128 points.

The following are the winners in various groups: Group A—Karan Sood (gross 248).

Group B—Akshay Dutta (250).

Group C—Partha Trivedi (276).

Group D—Nikhil Sanwal (267).


Calcutta, Oct. 27: 
Bengal conceded a small but crucial first-innings lead to Assam in a Cooch Behar Trophy tie at Jorhat.

According to information received here today, Bengal were all out for 172 in reply to Assam’s 183. The three-day match ends tomorrow. Details were not available.

Bengal had collected five points from their first match — against Tripura at the Eden.

Bihar, Orissa win

In Jamshedpur, Bihar trounced Sikkim by an innings and 86 runs, while Orissa beat Tripura by eight wickets in Cuttack, adds PTI.

Spinners Sujit Roy and K. Ishwar Rao played leading roles in Bihar’s emphatic win, returning match-hauls of ten and eight, respectively.

J.S. Raipur stood tall amid Sikkim’s second-innings ruins with a defiant 60 but his team was all out for just 97. Six of their players failed to score.

Sikkim resumed their second innings at 42 for one but kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were all out after 73.4 overs.


In Jorhat: Assam 183. Bengal 172. Match ends Sunday.

In Jamshedpur: Sikkim Sikkim 129 (Sujit Roy 5/50, K. Ishwar Rao 5/38) & 97 (J.S. Raipur 60, Avijit Chatterjee 23; Roy 5/19, Rao 3/32). Bihar 312/7 decl. (Ravish Kumar 101, Arshad Iqbal 58 n.o.). Bihar won by an innings and 86 runs.

In Cuttack: Tripura 106 and 154. Orissa 232 and 29/2. Orissa won by 8 wkts.


Calcutta, Oct. 27: 
Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi entered the semis of the Swiss Indoor meet in Basel.

According to information received here, the Indians beat French duo Arnaud Clement and Julien Boutter 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 yesterday to set up a clash with George Bastl and Ivo Heuberger.

In the first round, Paes-Bhupathi saw off Tomas Cibulec and Leos Friedl 6-4, 6-2.


Calcutta, Oct. 27: 
BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya has called a meeting of the Board’s junior cricket committee and all Board office-bearers at the CAB Tuesday. It will review the structure of junior cricket in the country.


Pune, Oct. 27: 
In rousing form, the Darius Byramji-trained Al Dente, is also placed well by the terms of the race to win the Herbertsons Bagpiper Gold RWITC Ltd. Invitational Trophy in Pune on Sunday, the concluding day of the season. Pesi Shroff partners the Razeen-Ideas and Trends mare.


12.45 pm: Northern Frontier 1. Jodhpur Lad 2. Waleshan 3.

1.15 pm: Eye To Eye 1. Chardonnay 2. Rio 3.

1.45 pm: El Campeador 1. Princess Maha 2. Aureus 3.

2.15 pm: Meadow Roy-ale 1. Futuristic 2. Turning Leaf 3.

2.45 pm: Battle Star 1. Lightning Arrow 2. Super Cop 3.

3.15 pm: Elegant Jade 1. Reaching Out 2. Cats Concert 3.

3.45 pm: Al Dente 1. Anagram 2. Endorsement 3.

4.15 pm: Emblaze 1. Jayashree 2. Eternal Embrace 3.

4.45 pm: Triple Charm 1. Sariano 2. Spring Time 3.

Day’s Best: Al Dente

Double: El Campeador & Battle Star.


Pune, Oct. 27: 
Trained by Harmuz Antia Daring Don won the Prince Pradeep Trophy in Pune on Saturday.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Party Belle Plate, Div-II: Smart Warrior (Rajinder) 1; Soviet Fire 2; Acharya 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 2-1/4; (1-28.8). (W) Rs 19; (P) 12; 15; 151; (Q) 27; (T) 1,011. Fav: Smart Warrior.

2. Party Whip Plate: Dark Victor (Rajendra) 1; Divine Honey 2; Montana 3. Won by: 3; 3-1/2; (1-9.7). (W) Rs 16; (P) 11; 14; 48; (Q) 22; (T) 371. Fav: Dark Victor.

3. Sparkling Water Plate: Love Me Forever (Rajinder) 1; Opener 2; Big Blaze 3. Won by: 3/4; 3-1/2; (1-41.6). (W) Rs 19; (P) 12; 15; 11; (Q) 43; (T) 107. Fav: Love Me Forever.

4. Prince Pradeep Trophy: Daring Don (Rajendra) 1; Run For Glory 2; Ocean Breeze 3. Won by: 8; 3-1/2; (1-25.8). (W) Rs 20; (P) 11; 25; (Q) 33; (T) 68. Fav: Daring Don.

5. Liberty Belle Plate, Div-II: Simply Stunning (M. Narredu) 1; Bud Royale 2; Highland Mist 3. Won by: 3/4; Dist; (1-13). (W) Rs 16; (P) 11; 11; 29; (Q) 15; (T) 98. Fav: Simply Stunning.

6. Liberty Belle Plate, Div-I: Eau De Vie (Bajrang) 1; Accademia 2; Moment of Pleasure 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 3-1/4; (1-13.4). (W) Rs 333; (P) 29; 15; 10; (Q) 2,080; (T) 16,060. Fav: Moment of Pleasure.

7. Golden Treasure Trophy: Anthology (Rajinder) 1; Criollo 2; Twist Afleet 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 5; (1-40.5). (W) Rs 32; (P) 13; 12; 29; (Q) 19; (T) 254. Fav: Criollo.

8. Party Belle Plate, Div-I: Eminent (R. Pandey) 1; Mambo King 2; Arctic Girl 3. Won by: 1; 1; (1-28.4). (W) Rs 141; (P) 37; 13; 32; (Q) 188; (T) 3,642. Fav: Mambo King.

9. Naloma Plate: Perfect Storm (Chauhan) 1; Diplomat Rose 2; Loving You 3. Won by: 1-1/2; 2-1/4; (2-10). (W) Rs 46; (P) 18; 98; 15; (Q) 1,202; (T) 9,147. Fav: Loving You.

10. Loud Appeal Plate, Div-I: Super Opera (Bernard) 1; Rosehill Gardens 2; King Crimson 3. Won by: Hd; 2-1/2; (1-14.8). (W) Rs 53; (P) 20; 41; 21; (Q) 455; (T) 7,034. Fav: Super Opera.

11. Loud Appeal Plate, Div-II: Condor (Merchant) 1; Winning Melody 2; Tamarinda 3. Won by: 2-1/4; 3-1/2; (1-14.1). (W) Rs 21; (P) 13; 19; 21; (Q) 56; (T) 183. Fav: Condor.

Jackpot: Rs 75,672; (C) Rs 22,702.

Treble: (i) Rs 50; (ii) Rs 35,650 (Carried over to the third treble on Sunday); (iii) Rs 826.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Top Lady Plate: Self Styled 1; Seriously Stunning 2; Miss Sunshine 3. Not run: Stilleto Xpress (W) Rs 25; (P) 11; 12; (Q) 14; (T) 42.

2. Golden Harp Plate: Romantic Indian 1; Power Stride 2; Khim 3. (W) Rs 13; (P) 11; 27; 14; (Q) 101; (T) 249.

3. Recovery Plate, Div-II: Whispering Rock 1; Charging Bullet 2; Soliel 3. Not run: Buena Suerte (W) Rs 54; (P) 20; 21; 32; (Q) 143; (T) 1,841.

4. Recovery Plate, Div-I: Spur of The Moment 1; Fast One 2; High Voltage 3. (W) Rs 118; (P) 25; 20; 27; (Q) 236; (T) 3,438.

5. Supreme Choice Plate, Div-II: Thrilling Lights 1; Allianz 2; Applause 3. (W) Rs 20; (P) 13; 16; 16; (Q) 33; (T) 163.

6. Littleover Trophy: Soviet Fire 1; Maratha Princess 2; Star Alone 3. Not run: Star Storm & Romanza (W) Rs 68; (P) 22; 22; 11; (Q) 257; (T) 862.

7. Gold Giver Plate: Heartbreaker 1; Tonnerre 2; Sunglow 3. (W) Rs 36; (P) 17; 20; 29; (Q) 87; (T) 1,082.

8. Highway Star Plate: Heroic 1; Fiercely Loyal 2; War ‘N’ Peace 3. (W) Rs 17; (P) 12; 16; 41; (Q) 36; (T) 547.

9. Solar Kiss Plate: Afilado 1; Amazing Dream 2; National Velvet 3. (W) Rs 29; (P) 13; 17; 21; (Q) 66; (T) 489.

10. Supreme Choice Plate, Div-I: Sanquirico 1; Maestro 2; Stage Secret 3. (W) Rs 16; (P) 11; 36; 25; (Q) 117; (T) 936.

Jackpot: Rs 2,183; (C) Rs 572.

Treble: (i) Rs 869; (ii) Rs 607; (iii) Rs 87.


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