Bajpai to propose assets declaration
CISF hold IA 1-1
Sourav steals show
Asia Pacific junior golf
Punters left crestfallen

Calcutta, April 10 
Jyoti Bajpai, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) joint-secretary, will himself propose it be mandatory for all India-players to declare assets.

�In fact, that could be extended and even apply to BCCI officials,� the Kanpur-based Bajpai told The Telegraph this evening.

Bajpai, a low-profile but highly respected administrator, yesterday suggested on TV that the BCCI consider asking players to declare assets.

Today, obviously, Bajpai has gone a significant step further.

�It�s not that I have doubts over somebody�s integrity but, at a time when so many allegations are flying around, transparency can only be of help,� Bajpai added.

Bajpai indicated he would place his proposal at the April 28 working committee meeting of the BCCI. The venue, though, has not been decided.

That, significantly, will be the first BCCI session after the Hansie Cronje scandal broke.

�I�m convinced the stunning developments of the past few days will be discussed (at that meeting), and so it will be appropriate to propose something I feel strongly about,� Bajpai remarked.

He added: �The BCCI won�t do the job of the income-tax authorities... However, once assets are placed on record (with the BCCI), any disproportionate increase can then be noticed. The modalities of how often such assets should be declared, can be worked out.�

As of now, Bajpai will propose October 1 as the �cut-off date.�

�That, formally, marks the start of a fresh season. Therefore, anybody who plays after that, whether he be a rookie or somebody with years of experience, should come clean about his assets.�

Bajpai, of course, needs to be lauded but it remains to be seen whether the BCCI will actually adopt and implement what he seeks to push through.

After all, many within the BCCI � and some among the players � may not take to Bajpai�s proposal very enthusiastically.

Equally, now that Bajpai has himself gone public, the BCCI could find it awkward torpedoing it.

�The public, I�m sure, will see the declaration of assets as a positive step,� Bajpai signed off.

It will.    

Calcutta, April 10 
Indian Airlines were held to a 1-1 draw by CISF in a group A quarter final tie of the Beighton Cup today.

Irfan Ahmed gave CISF the lead in the first minute of play through a penalty corner. Indian Airlines restored parity five minutes before close through Brojen Singh.

In a group B tie, Army XI overcame CRPF 2-0, the goals coming from Kamal Horo and B Bhengra in the 42nd and 58th minutes, respectively.

BSF got past Tamil Nadu XI by a Barinder Singh goal in another group B tie.

In first division group B action of the BHA league, Belgachia United beat Police AC 3-1. S Chakraborty, R Das and A. Das were the scorers.    

Calcutta, April 10 
Sourav Ganguly stole the limelight at the Calcutta Sports Journalists� Club (CSJC) annual award function at Kala Mandir today.

The India captain spent nearly half-an-hour, following a delayed arrival from Siliguri, before rushing back to the airport to take the evening flight to Chennai to sign an endorsement contract. Sourav will leave for England tomorrow night to begin his County stint with Lancashire.

Sourav was presented with the best sportsperson of the country award while national table tennis champion Mouma Das received the best junior sportsperson award.

Sheriff of Calcutta and former India Test opener Pankaj Roy presented Sourav with the glittering trophy. Olympian Leslie Claudius was also present on the occasion.

Chandan Das, Utpal Chatterjee and Syed Fazaluddin failed to make it to the function, sponsored by Hero Honda.    

Calcutta, April 10 
The 22nd Asia Pacific junior golf championship will be held at the RCGC from May 2 to 5.

The competition will be restricted to players below 18 years and they will be divided into four different age-groups with the finalists decided from pool toppers.    

Racing returned to the city after nearly a fortnight. The scene had shifted to Bangalore where the Royal Calcutta Turf Club (RCTC) was compelled to host the Turf Invitation weekend owing to labour trouble. However, going by the outcome of the Thursday races, one can not help but sympathise with punters. One wished the season was concluded on March 26 only as the form went haywire in most of the seven events in April.

The two results which were hard to swallow were the victory of Magic Ring in the Cavalry Cup and of Mystic Hill in the RWITC Trophy. Not that they were out-handicapped, but the two certainly had their limitations over the slated trip � the 1,400m. Even in their best years, they had shown penchant for sharp sprints. Thus blows dealt by the two over the seven-furlong trips even took their schoolers by surprise.

Running second most of the way, Magic Ring just about scampered home to beat the leader, Kinkozan, in the last 50m. Mystic Hill, on the other hand, steered the field from the start to neck out the odds-on favourite and stablemate Adventure who was ridden by Aslam Kader.

Not only the major blows, but the minor upsets, too, had left the punters crestfallen, leaving the jackpot pool unclaimed. Defiance, trusted under a raw apprentice Rutherford Alford, delivered a quiet gamble in the Cally Handicap, the first leg of the pool before a substantial damage was caused by Magic Ring. Placed faraway behind Abstract till 250m from the post, the young apprentice, however, never showed any sign of nervousness as he rode a forceful finish in the last furlong for a half-a-length victory.

In the third leg of the �pot,� the Hyderabad Race Club Trophy, the half-money hot-favourite Sterling Prospect did give some respite to the punters before the pool-hunters took a complete beating in the Mystic Hill�s race. Recently migrated from Bangalore, the Vijay Singh-trainee gave a literal armchair ride to Cristopher Alford.

Earlier in the afternoon, Cristopher had driven home a lazy galloper Marimba to an unchallenged victory in the opener and followed it by a well-judged win on Allaying in the Dashmesh & Hargobind Stud Grand Annual Handicap. The one to impress in the race was Alvarada ridden by Kader. Had he not run green, the Razeen-Enfin Seule filly would have scored in her maiden try.

The 2-1 favourite Armed Alarm turned out to be a false alarm in the concluding event, the Combined Operations Handicap. The race was won by the Farley Rodrigues-trained Turbo Lord who, after missing the kick, badly trailed the field, but made up the leeway along the rails, when almost the entire field went wide at the home turn.    


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