Ali Bacher to depose
Rohan, Pratik split point
Guwahati leg from Saturday
Two players sent off
Season starts amid uncertainty
Alyssum shines
Greek Lady wins

Calcutta, June 28 
Dr Ali Bacher, the United Cricket Board of South Africa managing director, will have to depose before the International Cricket Council�s (ICC�s) Code of Conduct Commission.

According to The Telegraph�s sources in London, this was decided upon by the ICC�s Executive Board which met in Paris over the weekend.

�The lead in forcing Dr Bacher to come forward with everything he knows (on match-fixing) was taken by India and Pakistan... He has, as is known, acknowledged interacting with an Indian bookie (Mr �R�) for some years.

�Well, Dr Bacher will have to reveal more than just that,� observed a very well-placed source.

The Commission, headed by Lord Hugh Griffiths, was constituted in April last year and is independent of the Anti-Corruption Unit (with Sir Paul Condon in the chair), which has just been set up.

Sir Paul and his team, though, will liaise with the Commission.

While the Paris-decision may be awkward for Dr Bacher, he himself scored a point when the ICC directed Sir Paul to probe his allegation that two matches in the 1999 World Cup were fixed �- Pakistan versus Bangladesh; India versus Pakistan.

Bangladesh pulled off a coup, while India posted a handsome win.

Sir Paul will also investigate another sub-continent specific Bacher allegation: That controversial Pakistani umpire Javed Akhtar was bribed during the 1998 England versus South Africa series in England.

Though Dr Bacher had dropped hints, early on, the allegations were formally made during his deposition before the King Commission back in South Africa.

Akhtar, controversial at the best of times �- even the Indians weren�t enamoured by him during the tri-series in Sharjah earlier that same year �- had been quick in threatening to sue Dr Bacher. However, nothing has been heard since.

It�s significant, perhaps, that Akhtar is no longer a Pakistan nominee on the ICC panel. Actually, he was quietly dropped last year itself.

Incidentally, though Dr Bacher won�t be affected �- his term as chairman was, in any case, to end this Monday �- the ICC has scrapped the high-profile Development Committee.

According to sources, in London, development will now be decentralised with each region looking after its own interest. Region-wise development officers are already in place.    

Jamshedpur, June 28 
The much awaited clash between Rohan Vijay Shandilya of S.R. Singh School, Munger, and Pratik Sengupta of SER Mixed English School, Chakradharpur, failed to throw up a sole leader after the eighth and penultimate round of The Telegraph Schools Chess Championship at the J.R.D. Tata Sports Complex today.

Pratik employed the Winawar variation of French defence and chose to castle long to reach a comfortable position. Both players were cautious before Rohan proposed a draw on the 23rd move which was accepted by Pratik.

The prize distribution will be held at 11 am Friday at the Rajendra Vidyalaya auditorium, with Arun Lal as the chief guest.

Fourth seed Sudipto Dasgupta of DAV Bistupur, Jamshedpur, played below expectations and lost to Pranjal of Don Bosco Academy, Patna. In a Nimzo-Indian defence, Sudipto lost a piece in the 17th move but battled till the 79th.

Akash Kusum of Motilal Nehru Public School showed fine positional sense to beat Souvik Chakraborty of Narmada High School, Calcutta. Souvik was under pressure but defended correctly before an error in the 35th move ended his hopes.

Suman Basu of Madhyamgram HS, Calcutta, playing whites in a Sicilian-Alpine variation, exploited the early blunders of Ved Prakash Sinha of Ram Mohan Roy Seminary, Patna, to win a pawn and the game in 28 moves.


7.5 points: Rohan Vijay Shandilya, Pratik Sengupta. 7 points: Pranjal, Akash Kusum, Suman Basu, Swagatam Sengupta. 6.5 points: Varun Anant, Sourav Chakraborty.    

Guwahati, June 28 
Hitherto held only in Calcutta, The Telegraph Schools Chess Championship has spread its wings to encompass the Northeast.

The meet begins here Saturday, a day after another regional edition of this premier 12-year-old event concludes in Jamshedpur.

The tournament is co-sponsored by Horlicks and organised by the All-Assam Chess Association in collaboration with Calcutta�s Alekhine Chess Club.

Though the meet is scheduled to conclude on July 8, the organisers may extend it till July 10.    

Calcutta, June 28 
Two players were given marching orders in the Calcutta Football League fourth division match between Cossipore Saraswati and Calcutta Rangers today. Pulak Sarkar of Cossipore and N. Chow of Rangers were shown the red-card. The Cossipore team won 3-0 at BG Press ground.

Graham Shield

Income Tax won the Graham Shield football meet, defeating West Bengal State Electricity Board by a lone goal at Mohammedan Sporting ground today. Debjit Ghosh scored the match-winner.    

Calcutta, June 28 
The city monsoon racing season, scheduled to start Saturday, has been clouded with uncertainty. The number of race-worthy horse-strength in the Hastings stables is all time low � a shade under 200 � for a 17-Day season. And to make matters worse, the opening day entries are scarce prompting one to draw a realistic conclusion.

The stewards and officials of the Royal Calcutta Turf Club (RCTC) informed media persons today that they may unhesitantly cancel the season-opener if the �acceptances� do not meet expectations. The fate of the meeting will be decided tomorrow.

Reinforcement from the MAM Ramaswamy-stable in Bangalore is expected in the coming month but seeing is believing is the RCTC attitude. Therefore, it may not come as a surprise if more than one race meeting falls through during the season.

With the future of the monsoon racing looking rather bleak, the stakes offered for the season, compared to the 1999 meet, obviously, remains stagnant at a shade over Rs 1 crore.

On the brighter side, the five turf authorities in the country are, for the first time, considering marketing their merchandise. Talks with internationally renowned sports marketing organisations for regular �live� cable TV packages, are in advanced stages. In their next meeting on July 15, the turf authorities are expected to give final touches to the issue.    

Calcutta, June 28 
Alyssum, Anolini, Jeweller and Ashbury were impressive when the following horses were seen exercising here this morning.

Outer sand track

1,000m: Adventure (Amil) and Treasurer (C. Alford) in 1-13s; (400m) 26s. Former a length better.

800m: Crucible (A. P. Singh) and Bernadine (C. Alford) in 58s; (400m) 26 3/5s. Former a length better but both were easy. Alyssum (C. Alford) and Anolini (A. P. Singh) in 55s; (400m) 26s. Former a length better. Jeweller (C. Alford) and All Heart (Amil) in 55s; (400m) 26s. Former 4 ls better. Hot (A. P. Singh) and Quizzical (Amil) in 56 2/5s; (400m) 26 2/5s. Former 4 ls better. Blitzer (M. Reuben) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Moved well. Alvarada (C. Alord) in 59s; (400m) 27 1/5s. Easy. Tanganyika (Saran) in 57 1/5s; (400m) 27 1/5s. Ashbury (C. Alford) in 57s; (400m) 25s. Moved well. Black Mane (Saran) in 57s; (400m) 27s. Easy. Auctioneer (C. Alford) and Marimba (Amil) in 56s; (400m) 26 3/5s. Former 4 ls better. Flying Power (Rb) and Sky Command (Haroon) in 58 1/5s; (400m) 26 1/5s. Former a length better and both were easy. Head Hunter (R. Yadav) and Quickdraw McGraw (Gowli) in 56s; (400m) 25 4/5s. Former head better. Ardon (Rutherford) and Arctic Fancy (Gowli) in 56 3/5s; (400m) 26 2/5s. Former a length better. Both moved well. Acquest (C. Alford) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Note.

600m: Iron Warrior (Rb) in 45 2/5s; (400m) 29 2/5s. Magic Ring (Saran) in 43 3/5s; (400m) 27s. Art Smart (Akhtar) in 46 2/5s; (400m) 28s. Char Bahar (Amjad K.) in 42s; (400m) 26s. Easy. 400m: Constantine (Akhtar) in 29 4/5s.

Sand track

800m: Abstone Queen (K. Gurang) and Rock Falcon (R. Yadav) in 1-1 2/5s; (400m) 26 4/5s. Former a length better. Both were unextended. Tequila Shot (Shanker) in 57 3/5s; (400m) 25 2/5s. Easy. Double Dancer (M. Reuben) in 55s; (400m) 24s. Fit and well. Global Harmony (Yacoob) in 58s; (400m) 25s. Fit. Eau Savage (Shanker) in 56s; (400m) 25s. Strictly Royal (Engineer) and Golden Heart (Som) in 1-1 4/5s; (400m) 27 1/5s. Both level. Work Order (Haroon) in 57s; (400m) 23s. Moved well. Floral Path (Som) and Software (Shanker) in 52s; (400m) 23 3/5s. Former a length better. Both moved well. Swash Buckler (Brij S.) in 1-1s; (400m) 25 1/5s. Aristotemus (R. Ahmed) in 57s; (400m) 25 1/5s. Heaven�s Blessing (Engineer) in 59 4/5s; (400m) 25 4/5s. Rheinheart (Shanker) in 58s; (400m) 25 4/5s. Giltedge (K. Kumar) in 55 2/5s; (400m) 23 2/5s. Fit. Whitney (Brij S.) 58 4/5s; (400m) 26 4/5s. Almond Rock (Rutherford) in 58s; (400m) 25s. Easy.

600m: Scimitar (Haroon) in 41 4/5s; (400m) 24 2/5s. Moved well. Noble Canonire (Rutherford) and Relative Shade (R. Yadav) in 38 1/5s; (400m) 23s. Former was pushed to finish 6 ls ahead. Chicarica (Rb) in 47 1/5s; (400m) 27 1/5s. Exsclusive Girl (P. Alford) in 40 2/5s; (400m) 23 4/5s. Handy. Prince Of War (K. Kumar) in 41 2/5s; (400m) 25 2/5s. Defiance (R. Yadav) in 41s; (400m) 25s. Moved well. Armila (Haroon) in 40s; (400m) 24s. Good. Sky Hawk (Yacoob) in 43 2/5s; (400m) 27 2/5s. Remember The Day (P. Alford) in 41s; (400m) 25s. Easy. Arizona Star (Rb) in 42s; (400m) 26s. Fit. Go With The Wind (R. Ahmed) in 41s; (400m) 25s. Good.

400m: American (P. Alford) in 24 2/5s. Easy.    

Coming with a good spurt up in the stretch, the J. S. Pillay trained filly Greek Lady won in the F. B. Sharma Memorial Gold Cup in Mysore on Wednesday. Gopal Rao partnered the winner.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Sondur Plate 1,200m: (1-5-7) Morroccan Prine (Prakash) 1; Gregarious Grey 2; Eye Opener 3. Won by: 1-1/4; SH; (1-15.5). Tote: Win Rs 41; Place: 16; 23; 19; Quinella: 157; Tanala: 1,078. Fav: Zeke (3).

2. Prince Regent Plate, Div-II 1,400m: (2-5-11) Swiss Knife (Rathod) 1; Sand Lord 2; Selected Princess 3. Not run: I See Nice Sea (10). Won by: 1-1/2; 2-1/2; (1-29.3). Tote: Win Rs 22; Place: 14; 45; 32; Quinella: 421; Tanala: 11,994. Fav: Swiss Knife (2).

3. Kolar Plate 1,600m: (3-1-2) Kilmarnock (Appu) 1; Bullet 2; Estocade 3. Won by: 4; 1-3/4; (1-39.1). Tote: Win Rs 28; Place: 14; 22; 17; Quinella: 104; Tanala: 384. Fav: Estocade (2).

4. Nagamangala Plate 1,100m: (5-11-7) Dealers Ace (Krishnan) 1; Vereva 2; Nooreen 3. Won by: 4-3/4; 1/2; (1-7.5). Tote: Win Rs 37; Place: 20; 17; 25; Quinella: 86; Tanala: 731. Fav: Dealers Ace (5).

5. F. B. Sharma Memorial Gold Cup 1,100m: (10-2-5) Greek Lade (Gopal R.) 1; Red Red Wine 2; Surf Rider 3. Won by: 2; Nk; (1-8.5). Tote: Win Rs 24; Place: 12; 13; 38; Quinella: 35; Tanala: 635. Fav: Greek Lady (10).

6. Kushalnagar Plate 1,400m: (2-3-9) Santa Monica (Arun) 1; Imperial Weapon 2; Nimrod 3. Not run: Baaja Bajaav (5). Won by: 1-1/2; 3-1/4; (1-27.7). Tote: Win Rs 537; Place: 118; 17; 18; Quinella: 963; Tanala: 8,525. Fav:Chevillion (11).

7. Prince Regent Plate, Div-I 1,400m: (4-9-7) Divisional (Arun) 1; Bon Honour 2; All Fired 3. Not run: Enrichment (8). Won by: 3; 5-1/4; (1-29.8). Tote: Win Rs 34; Place: 18; 14; 20; Quinella: 39; Tanala: 308. Fav: Divisional (4).

Jackpot: Rs 31,064; (C) Rs 5,482.

Treble: (i) Rs 408; (ii) Rs 2,544.    


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