Madugalle made it easy: Sunny
Sourav doubtful for Mohali ODI
Six-wicket win for Wari
Sandhu to stay, as coach
Another win for Mukesh
E. Rly held by CLW 2-2
Bangalore Racing/ Milan fancied

Calcutta, March 8: 
Consciously or otherwise, icon Sunil Gavaskar has been keeping himself away from selection panels — in any case, it’s tough to please everybody all the time.

However, as chairman of a high-profile International Cricket Council (ICC) body — the Cricket Committee, Playing — Gavaskar simply had to get involved in an absolute first: The appointment of an Elite Panel of Match Referees.

The classy selection, last week, was made by Gavaskar and chief executive Malcolm Speed. It’s actually been a job well done and with appreciation flowing, Gavaskar is himself pretty pleased.

[Incidentally, Gavaskar has also had a role in shortlisting eight full-time umpires.]

“Well, yes, the response has been good and it does feel nice. The acceptance has indeed been universal… Only, I must add (Chief Match Referee) Ranjan Madugalle made our task easier by pruning the candidates’ list to 12,” Gavaskar told The Telegraph this evening.

In the city for two Board of Control for Cricket in India meetings, Gavaskar added: “There were inputs from the ICC’s chief of cricket operations (Clive Hitchcock) and the general manager, cricket (Dave Richardson), as well…”

As it turned out, Madugalle’s list and the Hitchcock-Richardson inputs “guided” Gavaskar and Speed: They chose Clive Lloyd, Gundappa Vishwanath, Wasim Raja and Mike Procter to join the already-selected Chief Match Referee. Madugalle’s own appointment was made late last year.

In keeping with propriety, of course, Gavaskar ‘withdrew’ when brother-in-law Vishy’s candidature came up.

Asked what had been paramount in his and Speed’s mind, Gavaskar revealed: “The stature of the candidates and the respect they enjoyed… Then, we wanted to be sure they were fully conversant with the laws and the Code of Conduct… Also, we were looking at the contemporary sort — candidates who, till fairly recently, remained involved with the game…”

Surely, Vishy’s selection must have delighted him?

“Absolutely… Vishy was the most popular player in his time and his appointment confirms the high regard the cricket fraternity continues to have for him.”

Looking ahead, Gavaskar opined the (Elite) Match Referees will be under less pressure once the full-time panel of umpires is functional. The launch is set for April 1.

“With the best umpires on duty, the Match Referees’ task will be easier. After all, only the odd player may get carried away… The on-field control will itself take care of things…”

More important, consistency won’t be at a premium.

Gavaskar, incidentally, will be present during the ICC-scheduled seminar in Cape Town (March 21-24), for the benefit of the five (Elite) Match Referees and the eight (full-time) umpires.

While Gavaskar will interact as chairman of an ICC body, contemporary Mike Brearley has been invited to speak on the “psychological aspects.” The Anti-Corruption Unit chief, Lord Paul Condon, will also address that select gathering. Clearly, the orientation will be complete.

Something similar is likely for the Supplementary Panel of Match Referees and Emerging Panel of umpires.


Chandigarh, March 8: 
Sourav Ganguly is a doubtful starter for Sunday’s one-day International against Zimbabwe at the PCA Stadium in Mohali.

The Indian skipper had injured his right knee while fielding during yesterday’s opening game at Faridabad.

There is stiffness in the area which has a blood clot. An MRI was done in Delhi this morning but the report was not available till late this evening.

However, according to sources Sourav’s injury has shown slow improvement over the last 24 hours and it is likely that he will have to skip the second game. The Indians are not willing to take any undue risk keeping the forthcoming West Indies tour in mind.

Sourav, who was limping after the game yesterday, had an ice pack strapped around his knee. He hurt himself while trying to make a diving stop at mid-wicket.

Rahul Dravid will lead the team in case Sourav is unavailable.

Team physio Andrew Leipus was non-committal about Sourav’s chances of playing. With almost two days to go before the match, he is banking on the time factor for a positive development.

Sourav had also missed the Chennai one-dayer during the series versus England because of a hamstring injury. In Dravid’s absence, Anil Kumble had led the side.

Sourav’s absence will be a huge blow to the side which lost the opener by one wicket. The non-availability of Sachin Tendulkar, Jawagal Srinath and Virender Sehwag will further compound matters.

It is learnt that Shiv Sundar Das will take Sourav’s place and open the innings with Dinesh Mongia. There seems to be little chance of any other change though there are whispers that Tinu Yohannan may be fielded, keeping in mind the hard and bouncy nature of the Mohali wicket. Yohannan had made an impressive Test debut versus England here in December.

It is uncertain then as to who would sit out. Omitting a spinner will not be ideal as the Zimbabweans have proved to be vulnerable against spin.

The other option could be to keep Sanjay Bangar out. That would, however, mean losing out on the allrounder’s batting abilities.


Calcutta, March 8: 
Four wickets by Ranadeb Bose helped Wari AC to a six wicket win in a CAB League championship pre-quarter final against Ballygunge United today.

Batting first, Ballygunge United managed just 113 in 32.2 overs. Wari romped home in 20.3 .

BRIEF SCORES: Ballygunge United 113 in 32.2 ovs (Ranadeb Bose 4/44, Kamlesh Singh Rajput 3/15). Wari 115/4 in 20.3 ovs (Arindam Das 34). Wari AC won by 6 wkts.

Veterans’ cricket

The 7th PSCB inter-unit veterans’ cricket tournament will be played from tomorrow to Tuesday. IOC, ONGC, BPC and the IBP are the four teams taking part in the tournament to be played on a league basis. Matches will be held simultaneously at the DKS sports complex and the White Border ground. Employees above 45 years of age are eligible to take part.


Calcutta, March 8: 
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will abolish the post of Head Coach at the National Cricket Academy, in Bangalore, and instead have two coaches.

According to The Telegraph’s sources, Balwinder Singh Sandhu will be given another term—though he will not be designated Head Coach — and it’s likely that fellow-Mumbaikar Lalchand Rajput will keep him company.

The assistant coach, Rajesh Kamath, should be retained.

Where zonal academies are concerned, Syed Saba Karim appears to be the frontrunner to head the one in the East.

A formal announcement, most probably from BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, is expected tomorrow.

Present at today’s NCA-specific meeting (called by the BCCI president) in the city were supremo Sunil Gavaskar, director Brijesh Patel, talent-spotter Dilip Vengsarkar, BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah and joint- secretary Jyoti Bajpai.


Calcutta, March 8: 
The Mukesh Kumar juggernaut continued to roll in the 2001-02 season of the Hero Honda Golf Tour. He won the the Rs 6 lakh DHL Open, his sixth title of the season, at the par-70 Bombay Presidency Golf Club, today.

According to information received here, Mukesh aggregating two-over 282 and withstood a formidable challenge by Sanjay Kumar of Lucknow.

Sanjay came second despite a tournament best of five-under 65 and his tally was four-over 284.

Lucknow’s Jumman came third at 285 while Ashok Kumar finished fourth at 286.Yusuf Ali was fifth at 287.

Mohammed Khokhon tied for the sixth position with Delhi’s Dinesh Kumar and Rohtas Singh at 289.    

Calcutta, March 8: 
It was a day of draws at the BHA first division group A today. ERSA were held 2-2 by the CLW Sports Association. Parvez Alam and Poulos Soy scored for ERSA while Anmol Topno and Suman Toppo made it even.

In the other match, FCI and BNR drew 1-1. Sudhir Minz netted for FCI and N.S. Surin got one back for BNR. In group B action, Azam Ali hit a hattrick in Mohammedan Sporting’s 3-0 win over Muslim Institute.

Masadur to be released

Orthopaedically-handicapped swimmer Mohammad Masadur Rahman Baidya, who was seriously injured in a road accident recently, will be discharged from hospital tomorrow.


Bangalore, March 8: 
The Z. Darashah-trained Milan is expected to lift the 1,400m Karnataka Trophy, tomorrow’s main attraction. K. P. Appu partners the Tiajuana-Michaela Mia colt.


2.30 pm: So Supreme 1. Nationalistic 2. Galaxie Dust 3.

3 pm: I Me And Mine 1. Omni Presence 2. Solar Power 3.

3.30 pm: Extreme Contact 1. Joe The Pro 2. Grisogono 3.

4 pm: Milan 1. Allespange 2. Slovania 3.

4.30 pm: Dancing Phantom 1. Supermax 2. Caape City 3.

5 pm: Tresorie 1.Saturn Star 2. Rumpelstiltskin 3.

5.30 pm: Red Mamma 1. Sunraj 2. Forest Prince 3.

Day’s Best: Milan

Double: Tresorie & Red Mamma

Friday’s Bangalore results

(With inter-state dividends)

1st race: Goldsmith (Shakti) 1; Sound Reasoning 2; All For You 3. Not run: Alybaby (7). Won by: 8; 1-1/4; (1-8.9). (W) Rs 29; (P) 11; 11; 18; (Q) 19; (T) 117. Fav: Sound Reasoning (8).

2nd race: Nice And Noble (A. Imran) 1; Salona 2; Dance At Nine 3. Not run: Alto (1) & Rishika (11). Won by: Hd; 2-1/2; (1-44.6). (W) Rs 34; (P) 13; 53; 19; (Q) 402; (T) 5,103. Fav: Nice And Noble (6).

3rd race: Sunny Spice (Mani) 1; Pristine Beauty 2; Rythm ‘N’ Blues 3. Not run: Crown Ice (8). Won by: 6-1/2; 3-1/4; (1-28). (W) Rs 41; (P) 16; 12; 37; (Q) 50; (T) 605. Fav: Pristine Beauty (2).

4th race: Iflookscouldkill (Harish) 1; Whatmore 2; Al Habib 3. Won by: 1/2; 1-1/2; (1-39.9). (W) Rs 19; (P) 14; 17; (Q) 19; (T) 194. Fav: Iflookscouldkill (5).

5th race: River Nile (Srinath) 1; Tina’s Turn 2; Decision Maker 3. Won by: 3; Nk; (1-16.2). (W) Rs 20; (P) 11; 21; 17; (Q) 103; ( T) 340. Fav: River Nile (5).

6th race: Star Chieftan (Prakash) 1; Magic Mantra 2; Financer 3. Not run: Golden Collection (3) & Majestic Emperor (4). Won by: 2; 1-3/4; (1-29.4). (W) Rs 13; (P) 14; 16; (Q) 18; (T) 63. Fav: Star Chieftan (2).

7th race: Good Life (Rajesh) 1; Limitations 2; She’s A Bird 3. Won by: 2-1/4; 1/2; (1-9.5). (W) Rs 21; (P) 13; 23; 22; (Q) 95; (T) 669. Fav: Good Life (7).

Jackpot: Rs 247; (C) Rs 37.

Treble: (i) Rs 218; (ii) Rs 58.


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