Top clubs demand compensation
The top city clubs will demand compensation from the All India Football Federation for allowing their players to play for the national side.
In a meeting held at the IFA and attended by the heads of East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, Mohammedan Sporting and Tollygunge Agragami, a letter was drafted to the AIFF making the demand.
In the letter, the clubs have also asked that national players should be identified. Further, the club authorities made it clear they would not release their players more than seven days before an international tournament. The clubs have given the AIFF 15 days to answer.
Eden turf inspection
New Zealand pitch expert William Welmsley will be in the city on Thursday to inspect the newly-laid pitch at Eden Gardens. He will be accompanied the BCCI’s pitch committee, led by Kasturirangan. The delegation will then proceed to Cuttack to inspect the Barabati wicket.
Saumavo Das of Salkia Friends and Chiranjit Mukherjee of Sporting Union were marched off by referee Debashish Mishra during their CFL Group B match Wednesday. Salkia won the match 2-0, Surendra Das and Ranjit Chatterjee scoring.
Meanwhile, the match between Aikya Sammilani and Calcutta Police was abandoned in the second half due to bad light and inclement weather. Aikya was leading 2-0.
In other action, Janbazar AC emerged second division champion defeating Tangra FC 2-1. Both the teams, however, qualify for the first division.
Local cricket season
The local cricket season will begin with the A.N. Ghosh Trophy in the second week of November. Though there were speculations that the matches would be played in Siliguri, the CAB authorities have decided to host the tournament in the city itself.
The exact dates could not finalised because of the absence of the Mohun Bagan authorities from the meeting called by the CAB.
Shanker Roy champion
International Master Shanker Roy won the fifth All Bengal rapid chess championships organised by the Modern Chess Academy. The second and third place-holders, Suvrajit Saha and Arindam Mukherjee were tied with Shanker on 7.5 points, but the latter clinched the title on a better progressive score. Meanwhile, Souparno Ghosh, Satyajit Kundu, Abhratanu Dutta, Indranil Chatterjee and Samput Mullick clinched the titles in the under-14, 12, 10 and 8 respectively.
Saurav Kothari beat Mohammed Hassan 2-0 in the Coca Cola state junior billiards championships being held at the Bengal Rowing Club Wednesday.
Other results: Brijesh Damani bt S. Casyab 2-1, Anurag Bagri bt A. Sharma 2-0, A. Kedia bt A. Bagri 2-0, J.S. Shaw bt D. Garg 2-0, Ankit Saraf bt K. Mehra 2-1, Mudit Poddar bt BK Agarwal 2-0