Eighth Column/ Denness to be back in the ‘limelight’
Bowling machine out of favour
In The City
Udhagamandalam Races/Future Fame may strike

Calcutta, May 28: 
Come June 6 (Day-I of the two-day Disputes Resolution Committee meeting in London) and the controversial Mike Denness, a former England captain, will be back in the news.

Though the Committee (Referees’ Commission in its earlier avatar) was formed on March 15 itself, during the Executive Board session in Cape Town, the ICC didn’t find time to schedule its first meeting. Now, at least that has been done.

As the Committee — comprising chairman Michael Beloff (QC), Wesley Hall, Bob Merriman and Peter Chingoka — will ‘reopen’ the Denness-authored Port Elizabeth file, any one or even all six of the Indians harshly disciplined last November could be called as “witnesses.”

While Beloff chairs the ICC’s Code of Conduct Commission, his colleagues on the Committee head the boards in the West Indies (Hall), Australia (Merriman) and Zimbabwe (Chingoka).

According to The Telegraph’s sources, all six — captain Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Virender Sehwag, Shiv Sundar Das and Deep Dasgupta — have been “alerted” over the possibility of having to appear before Beloff and Co.

Except Shiv Sundar and Deep, who have no role in the rain-marred one-day series in the West Indies, the other four will be returning home (via London) right after the ODIs end, on June 2. Should either Sourav, Sachin, Harbhajan or Sehwag be required as a “witness,” the concerned player will probably have to break journey in London.

One understands the tough-talking BCCI president, Jagmohan Dalmiya, will himself represent India at the Committee’s first hearing. He should leave on June 4.

As of now, though, it’s not clear which other countries will be represented.

Dalmiya, of course, took the lead in getting the Referees’ Commission disbanded. Just as well, for it was hand-picked by ICC chief Malcolm Gray and would almost surely have taken an unsympathetic line towards India.

Gray, it may be recalled, had nominated Justice Albie Sachs (South Africa), Majid Khan (Pakistan) and Andrew Hilditch (Australia).

Incidentally, while England did put forward Denness’ candidature for the recently-formed ICC’s Elite Panel of Match Referees, the screening committee quietly (and sensibly) spiked that ECB nomination.


Calcutta, May 28: 
The second stint of the East Zone wing of the National Cricket Academy is nearing its end but a precious equipment remains unused.

A bowling machine from the BCCI, exclusively for this wing, arrived earlier this month but has never been used. Some blame it on the company from which the machine was purchased and others point to inclement weather as reasons.

Syed Saba Karim, chief coach of the zonal academy, said Tuesday the bowling machine arrived late. “Moreover, it had rained for the past few days and we had to shift practice indoors,” the former India wicketkeeper added.

Another source attached to the academy said that someone from the company was scheduled to come and set the machine up for practice, but none came to install it till date.

Meanwhile, the BCCI has asked the CAB to send 12 players instead of 14 for the inter-NCA tournament.    

May 28: 

Arup back in Indian team

Veteran paddler Arup Basak made a comeback to the Indian team when he was named in the Indian team for the Chinese Grand Prix.

The Squad

Men: Soumyadeep Roy, S Raman, Sourav Chakraborty, Subhajit Saha, Arup Basak, A Sarath Kamal. Women: Mouma Das, Poulomi Ghatak, Mantu Ghosh, N.R. Indu, Nandita Saha, Anandita Chakraborty. Coaches: Manjit Singh Dua, Rajeev Kaushal.

Chima warrant

Reacting to an appeal by a photojournalist, on an assault case, Metropolitan magistrate Ashish Maitra Tuesday issued an arrest warrant against former football star Chima Okerie. The warrant has been sent to DC (Central) Zulfiqar Hassan for execution. Chima, it is learnt, is in Calcutta.

James discarded

Mohun Bagan have decided not to retain James Singh, who had a good outing with the club last season. Mohun Bagan authorities said that they are not interested in the midfielder. It has been learnt that James is likely to join Mahindra United.

Bagan eves top

Mohun Bagan on Tuesday topped the league phase of the women’s football league having won all their matches. They beat Income Tax 2-0, courtesy Chaoba Devi’s brace.

Telegraph meet

Usha Martin beat HSBC 6-1 in their The Telegraph Merchants’ Cup soccer clash at the CCFC ground Tuesday.

Other results

IISCO bt J Thomas 2-0, CA-TCG Software bt Tata B 1-0, Transworld bt ABN AMRO 1-0, Magma Leasing bt Bay Technologies 4-3, ITC Infotech bt TCS 2-1, VGP Portfolio bt Selvel A 1-0, Bharat Petroleum bt BDA 2-0, ITC A bt ITC B 2-1, India Foils bt Britannia 4-1, Transways bt The Park 3-1, O&M bt Hyatt Regency 1-0.

Away wins

Mohammedan Sporting won their matches in the under-13, under-15 and senior categories of the All India Pepsi Trophy at Bangalore. The U-13 team beat Denzil Leo by 138 runs, the U-15 team thrashed Denzil Leo by ten wickets, while the seniors beat Pepsi XI by 103 runs.

Jr volleyball

Natunpukur Association and Begampur Sabuj Sangha moved into the final of the state junior girls volleyball championships. Natunpukur beat West Bengal State council of Sports 25-14, 25-7, 25-23 while Begampur Sabuj Sangha trounced East Calcutta Volleyball Club 25-10, 25-17, 25-19.


VOLLEYBALL: State age-group meet finals (State Association)

SOCCER: Final of the Dhaka Aushadhalaya U-14 tournament (Rajdanga Club ground, 5 pm)


Udhagamandalam, May 28: 
The Robert Foley-trained four-year-old Future Fame is fancied to win the 1,400m Chamundi Plate at the Udhagamandalam races on Wednesday. Jacob Abraham partners the Mischevious Music-Fine Future colt.


11.30 am: Head Hunter 1. Silent Spirit 2. Gold Mist 3.
12 noon: Cut Ahead 1. Snow Top 2. Far Excellence 3.
12.30 pm: Social Asset 1. Belezian 2. Bruce Wilis 3.
1 pm: Future Fame 1. Stately Girl 2. Ardent Flame 3.
1.30 pm: The Royals 1. Fighting Brave 2. Family Fortune 3.
2 pm: Great Occasion 1. Fairy Gold 2. Lady Gibraltar 3.
2.30 pm: Octogonal 1. Major Attraction 2. Ambassador Royale 3.
3 pm: Society Column 1. Balma 2. Dressed For Dinner 3.
3.30 pm: Phantom Quest 1. Direct Hit 2. Arctic Charmer 3.

Day’s Best: Phantom Quest

Double: Future Fame & Great Occasion.

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