Aussie case should be re-opened
BCCI to make report public
BCCI reacts strongly
Lancashire win
Storm disrupts semis
Nor�wester blows the top off Eden
Upsets galore as weather turns foul
San Marino Star may surprise

Calcutta, April 15 
It�s been an incredible week for cricket and many still echo Nasser Hussain�s sentiments: �... who it (the match-fixing admission) comes from, still seems unbelievable.�

Whatever the outcome, though, Hansie Cronje has already forfeited the right to remain a hero.

But while that bit is settled, disgusting have been the homilies from the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) and Sir Clyde Walcott, Jagmohan Dalmiya�s predecessor as ICC boss.

Both need to be exposed in much the same manner as players on the payroll of bookies.

Consider the following:

Writing in the Herald Sun (Melbourne), ACB chief executive Malcolm Speed had this to say: �The latest scandal has strengthened the ACB�s resolve to eliminate scams which pose a real threat to the integrity of the game...�

And, speaking in Bridgetown the other day, Sir Clyde was just as �impressive�: �The ICC has to deal with these issues because match-fixing is something that can harm the image of the game...�

It already has, and the focus ought now also to be on the collusion between the ACB and the ICC in the Shane Warne-Mark Waugh affair.

Instead of pontificating, the ACB should look at re-opening the Warne-Waugh scandal, and review its own bizarre decision to let them off with meagre monetary fines (maximum of $5,000).

Both, it may be recalled, admitted having �provided information� to an Indian bookie (identified only as one �John�) from Sri Lanka in 1994.

But if that was bad enough, worse followed as the ICC acceded to an ACB request to �keep quiet.� David Richards, who still is chief executive, and Sir Clyde were taken into confidence.

Richards is a former ACB man.

Even if the ACB insists that episode is a closed chapter, the ICC�s Code of Conduct Commission, headed by Lord Griffiths, should be bold enough to re-open it.

Though set up after David Hookes broke the scandalous cover-up on his Radio 3AW chat-show in December 1998, the Commission accepted the ACB version with some reservations only.

According to The Telegraph�s sources, it�s the fear of legal action -� by Warne and Waugh who will claim they have already been �punished� by the ACB � that stopped the Commission from rejecting the ACB report.

But in trying not to �lose millions,� as a source put it, the ICC has encouraged the Cronjes to oblige bookies.

It�s unthinkable Cronje would have interacted with the Kalras and Chawlas had the ICC made an example of Warne and Waugh. Or, at least, tried to set a precedent.

Dalmiya needs to be complimented for pushing through the Commission � in fact, the ICC should have constituted one in 1995 itself, when the Salim Malik controversy broke � but he also must share blame for not taking a stand on the ACB-ICC collusion.

There�s more to being an outstanding administrator than just ensuring the bottomline is thick black not a dreadful red.

Dalmiya, apparently, is working towards �strengthening� the Commission. That, in time, the Commission will straightaway launch its own investigation without waiting for the concerned Board to act.

Fair enough, but that�s something for the future. Today, we expect the sport�s governing body to take more than just a stand.

That the ICC will wait for the inquiry in South Africa to be complete is, to say the least, pathetic.

Meanwhile, one is amused by the attack on the sub-continent. From Dr Ali Bacher to just about everybody, only the most unkind words have been reserved for the region.

Admittedly, some of it is well-deserved, but those using the sub-continent as a dart-board would do well to answer one question: Why is it that bookies only approach Australians/Englishmen/SouthAfricans/New Zealanders?

Surely, they must be convinced about handsome returns. And, so, those painting the region in the most despicable colours should spare some time to look within, too.    

Calcutta, April 15 
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is expected to make public the Justice (retd) Y.V. Chandrachud inquiry report on Tuesday.

An announcement is expected after the meeting between International Cricket Council (ICC) president Jagmohan Dalmiya and senior BCCI officials, here that day.

The pressure on the Board to make the report � submitted by the former chief justice in 1997 � public, has increased following the opinions of Chandrachud himself and home minister L.K. Advani.

�The report was done at the behest of the BCCI and I do not know why they have not published it yet,� the home minister said yesterday.

Advani had said if there were any specific instances where a cricketer named another of being involved in match-fixing, the government would order investigating agencies to inquire into these.

Elaborating on next week�s meeting with Dalmiya, Lele said that he would attend the meeting along with president A.C. Muthiah, the five vice-presidents, joint secretary Jyoti Bajpai and treasurer Kishore Rungta.

The ICC chief has sought the meeting with the board officials, �to exchange views and ascertain action contemplated by the BCCI in view of the developments on allegations made by the Delhi police and the recent admission by South African skipper Hansie Cronje�.    

Calcutta, April 15 
While a united front involving all three Test-playing nations of the region is on the cards, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has taken the lead in objecting to Dr Ali Bacher�s comments about the sub-continent.

The objection has taken the form of a strong letter from BCCI secretary Jaywant Lele to Dr Bacher, the South African Board supremo.

The letter includes the following: �Your comments (on match-fixing originating in the sub-continent) have sent the wrong signals and have hurt and upset the people... Instead of clearing the garbage in your own backyard, you have sought to divert blame...

�There�s a contradiction in what you yourself have said, as Hansie Cronje has admitted taking between $ 10,000-15,000 in South Africa itself, not in India during last month�s tri-series... Cricket in the region is followed with passion and to label the people as being dishonest has really hurt...

�It�s a sensitive issue (the allegations), and nothing has been proved (of misdeeds in the sub-continent)...�

Dr Bacher�s response is awaited. The last, of course, has not been heard on the issue.    

Calcutta, April 15 
Crack one-day outfit Lancashire began the 2000 season on a winning note at home this evening.

After restricting Nottinghamshire to 164 for seven in 50 overs in their Benson & Hedges Cup game, Lancashire reached 165 for two with quite a few overs to spare.

However, making his County debut, Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly failed to score.    

Calcutta, April 15 
Beighton Cup action ended abruptly following this afternoon�s norwester. The first semi-final had to be called off seven minutes into the second half and the second could not be started. Both matches will be played tomorrow. BHA league matches were also abandoned.

The first semi-final between Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW) and Tamil Nadu XI was tied 1-1 till the 42nd minute and will be continued tomorrow from where it ended. Cedric D�Cruz put Tamil Nadu ahead in the 13th minute before Sushil Minz restored parity in the 23rd.

The teams forced a penalty corner each but failed to convert. The second semi-final will be between defending champions Punjab and Sind Bank and Army XI.

Zonals from Saturday

The East Zone hockey meet will start on Saturday. Bengal, Bihar, Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Mizoram and a team from Bangladesh are expected to take part.

Orissa, who conceded their semi-final tie against Bengal last year following a disputed goal, are not taking part this year. The date of the final is yet to be decided and most matches will be held at CC & FC.

The BHA has submitted a detailed plan of the astroturf to be laid at the Rangers Club ground to the Army officials. BHA secretary Gurbux Singh said the plan was submitted in March.

He added that he was also seeking a meeting with defence minister George Fernandes to clear the issue.    

Calcutta, April 15 
The fury of this afternoon�s north-westerly winds blew away the fibre glass stadium covers of the Eden Gardens galleries. Chunks of huge fibre glass sheets started flying all around and sections of the B block suffered maximum damage. With big pieces of fibre glass coming down from the top of the stands on to the road in front of the B.C. Roy club house, people could have been seriously hurt. Fortunately, there was not much of a crowd at that moment and no such incident was reported. CAB joint secretary Debdas Banerjee said sections of the stand covers were replaced before the India versus Australia Test match in March, 1998. Most of the covers were installed way back in 1987, he informed. He said repair work is undertaken only when there is a substantial amount of work to do but could not specify the extent of today�s damage.    

Calcutta, April 15 
It turned out to be another day of major upsets today. For the second week in the running lesser fancied horses took full charge of the seven-event card. A dust storm, minutes before the start of the first race, and followed it by intermittent shower further added to the miseries of the punters who have been making futile efforts to spot a winner or two since the city racing resumed following labour trouble in RCTC. However, in the prevailing conditions, favourites in each race had no business to perform the way they did.

For the records, the CROS Cup was an easy picking for the Javed Khan-trainee No Regrets who took charge of the running after Anntary soon after turning for home.

With opposition working to her advantage, Charlene, in the Bookmakers� Association Cup, found the winning bracket coming easy. As if relishing the wet-track, Quickdraw McGraw in the Madras Race Club Cup, had no peers to match his prowess.


1. Polish Handicap1,200m: (4-2-6-5) Go India Go (I. Chisty) 1; Tequila Shot (Shanker) 2; Zingari (Amil) 3; Knight Charmer (Razaak) 4. Won by: 2-1/4; 1-1/2; 1-1/2; (1-12.4). Tote: Win Rs 63; Place: 19; 15; Quinella: 50; Tanala: 377. Fav: Tequila Shot (2). Winner trained by Jaiswal.

2. Soultline Handicap 1,400m: (3-1-6-4) Swingtime (I. Chisty) 1; Bul Bul (Engineer) 2; Double Dancer (M. Reuben) 3; Kinkozan (P. Alford) 4. Won by: 3-1/2; 1-1/2; Nk; (1-31.3). Tote: Win Rs 43; Place: 14; 22; 18; Quinella: 169; Tanala: 1,348. Fav: Classy Twist (5). Winner trained by Jaiswal.

3. Bookmakers� Association Cup 1,400m: (5-10-13-2) Charlene (Rabani) 1; Supreme Desire (A. P. Singh) 2; Rheinheart (Amil) 3; Scavenger�s Son (M. Reuben) 4. Won by: 1; Nk; 1/2; (1-30.9). Tote: Win Rs 130; Place: 37; 60; 41; Quinella: 1,254; Tanala: 19,372. Fav: Flying Power (11). Winner trained by Bharath S.

4. Madras Race Club Trophy 1,200m: (1-6-4-2) Quickdraw McGraw (Rutherford) 1; Optimum Choice (Gowli) 2; Alsadena (C. Alford) 3; Amarante (Islam) 4. Won by: Dist; 1; 1; (1-15). Tote: Win Rs 125; Place: 26; 13; 21; Quinella: 252; Tanala: 1,086. Fav: Optimum Choice (6). Winner trained by R. Alford.

5. CROS Trophy 1,200m: (14-12-3-2) No Regrets (Manohar) 1; Anntari (Rabani) 2; Alvarada (C. Alford) 3; Lockers Park (Islam) 4. Not run: Relative Shade (15). Won by: 5; 1-1/2; 1-1/2; (1-15.8). Tote: Win Rs 183; Place: 35; 39; 11; Quinella: 1,134; Tanala: 12,506. Fav: Alvarada (3). Winner trained by Javed K.

6. Delhi Race Club Cup 1,100m: (1-2-5-7) Auctioneer (C. Alford) 1; Rule With Honour (Akhtar) 2; Analyzer (A. P. Singh) 3; Aflicker (Islam) 4. Won by: Nk; 3/4; 1-3/4; (1-8.7). Tote: Win Rs 54; Place: 25; 58; 43; Quinella: 353; Tanala: 7,003. Fav: Aflicker (7). Winner trained by Vijay S.

7. Right Ahead Handicap 1,400m: (8-5-2-1) Storm Centre (Engineer) 1; Anolini (C. Alford) 2; High Life (Rabani) 3; Citadel (Islam) 4. Won by: 2-1/2; 3; 2-3/4; (1-28.5). Tote: Win Rs 61; Place: 18; 20; 19; Quinella: 73; Tanala: 734. Fav: Anolini (5). Winner trained by P. Locke.

Jackpot: Rs 5,23,964 (Carried over); (C) Rs 67,367.

Treble: (i) Rs 9,684; (ii) Rs 35,022.


Outer sand track

1,200m: Cup Of Life (C. Alford) in 1-26 2/5s; (400m) 25 2/5s. Moved well. Chivalrous (C. Alford) in 1-34 2/5s; (400m) 32 3/5s.

800m: Global Harmony (Manohar) in 54s; (400m) 26 1/5s. Handy. Dizzy Diver (A. P. Singh) in 57s; (400m) 28 4/5s. Armila (Surender) in 59 1/5s; (400m) 30 2/5s. All Heart (C. Alford) in 54 1/5s; (400m) 26 4/5s. Good. Annalee (A. P. Singh) and Bernadine (Surender) in 1-2s; (400m) 30s. Former far superior. Jeweller (C. Alford) in 53s; (400m) 26s. Fit. Storm Trooper (Tamang) in 57s; (400m) 28s. Easy. Magic Ring (Akhtar) in 58s; (400m) 27 3/5s.

Sand track

800m: Noble Canonire (Rutherford) in 59 3/5s; (400m) 31 3/5s. Diplomatic Gesture (Rb) in 51 3/5s; (400m) 23 2/5s. Moved well. Staffordshire (Manohar) in 48s; (400m) 22 3/5s. Impressed. Privy Council (Rb) in 47 2/5s; (400m) 22 2/5s. Moved well. Golden Heart (Engineer) in 54s; (400m) 26 3/5s. Easy.    

Known for his staying prowess, the lowly weighted San Marino Star is fancied to win the 2,800m Byculla Club Trophy at the Mumbai races on Sunday. C. Rajendra partners the H. Daji-trained four-year-old by Steinbeck out of Cornetto.


2.50 pm: Noblest Motive 1. Court Of Appeal 2.

3.20 pm: Daring Don 1. Soviet Run 2.

3.50 pm: Twist Afleet 1. Tall Boy 2. Epic Queen 3.

4.30 pm: Dream Image 1. Satellite 2. Azurica 3.

5 pm: Henki 1. Star Trader 2. Arabian Fighter 3.

5.30 pm: Cozumel 1. Cryptonite 2. Wings Of Fire 3.

5.55 pm: San Marino Star 1. Capitulate 2. Amarilo 3.

6.35 pm: Iyanah 1. Cocktail 2. Blades Of Fury 3.

Day�s Best: Noblest Motive Double: Twist Afleet & Henki    


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