Indo-Pak �summit� meet in Dubai
Zee joins race for Super Division
Doubles Paes� top priority
Cristopher stays among wins
Sea Farer may cash in on form
Mysore season from August 17

Calcutta, Aug. 11: 
It could be quite some time before Indian and Pakistani cricketers match wits over 22 yards, but the heads of both boards are set to interact in person either later this month or early September.

The venue, according to The Telegraph�s sources, will be Dubai, which hosts the first full-fledged meeting of the Asian Cricket Foundation�s (ACF�s) Executive Board.

The ACF, with Jagmohan Dalmiya as chairman, is to complement the Asian Cricket Council�s (ACC�s) activities. In fact, it�s an extension of the ACC.

Clearly, the neutral territory will give both A.C. Muthiah and Lt General Tauqir Zia enough opportunity to also discuss bilateral relations.

Or, going by current events, the lack of such contacts.

While the respective governments have the final say � Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa gave a reminder just yesterday � it�s essential that the officials, at least, are on the same wavelength.

The series in Toronto is off, but India is scheduled to make not one but two trips to Pakistan this coming season: For Tests and ODIs and, then, for the Asia Cup.

Besides Dalmiya, the ACF Executive Board comprises the board presidents of all four Asian Test-playing nations (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh) and the UAE�s Abdul Rehman Bukhatir.

The Executive Board will study/implement the recommendations arrived at during the two-day working group meeting, which ended in the city this evening.

While Dalmiya chaired the working group, present were ACC secretary Zakir Hussain Syed and treasurer Mohammed Naeem. The latter is also the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) treasurer.

Syed is expected to function as ACF secretary, too, and the Secretariat will be headquartered in Sharjah.

The recommendations of the working group include:

Setting up an ACF Academy at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, on the lines of the Commonwealth Bank-funded one in Adelaide. Priority will be given to gifted players from among the ACC�s Affiliates.

The ACF�s human welfare project be launched with a drive to help eradicate blindness. Some of the biggest stars of the region will be requested to lend their name. Incentives may even be offered to fans who pledge to donate their eyes.

Implementing the above will help the cricketers� image regain some sheen.

Focus on marketing and event management.

It�s significant that the ACC�s contract with TWI ends with the ACC Trophy, in the UAE later this year, and so TV rights for the next few years will soon be up for grabs.

Of course, it will be interesting to watch Zee moves vis-a-vis the ACF/ACC. It may well be the network to watch out for.    

Calcutta, Aug. 11: 
Zee TV, after revealing their plans to sponsor Tollygunge Agragami, have also shown interest in coverage of the Calcutta Super Division League.

A top Zee official, who is in the city, held preliminary discussions with IFA joint secretary Ranjit Gupta today.

This, in turn, has forced ESPN � who had bought the rights to telecast the League for five years � to renew their interest in the coverage of matches after turning away from the proceedings in the initial stages.

In a press release, ESPN today announced their plans to cover highlights of the ongoing League matches including presentation of players� profiles, interviews and produce four capsules of 30-minute duration, starting end of this month. The executive producer of ESPN, Singapore, in charge of the League, will arrive here by Sunday to finalise the programme.

�Zee�s proposals are encouraging and they seem to be very keen in their approach. I�m waiting for ESPN to finalise their coverage schedule. Only then can any decision be taken,� the IFA joint secretary said.

Peerless win 2-1

Peerless scraped past Howrah Union 2-1 in the first division group A match of the Calcutta football league today. Subrata Guha put Peerless ahead while Jayanta Sil restored parity for Howrah Union. Shankar Das struck the decider.

In another tie, City AC overcame Sonali Shibir 2-0, the goals coming from Shakeel Ahmed and Arup Sarkar in the second half.

Bata held Bhratri Sangha goalless. Bhratri played with ten men for the last seven minutes after Abhijit Dalal was given marching orders by referee Biswajit Bera for elbowing an opponent. The CPT-Wari tie also ended goalless.

Sanath Seth to sign

Former footballer Sanath Seth will sign the blood donors� certificates on the ocassion of Football Lovers� Day on August 16. The annual blood donation camp, held jointly by Indian Football Association and Association of Voluntary Blood Donors, will be held at Netaji Indoor Stadium from 9 am to 7 pm.

Similar camps will also be organised at Ramnagar, Tamluk, Siliguri, Bishnupur, Kulti and Murshidabad.

National junior tennis

The Indian Overseas Bank national junior (under-18) hard court tennis championships will be held at the Madras Cricket Club tennis courts from Monday.

According to information received here, the AITA ranking meet will have four events � boys singles, girls singles and doubles. Thirty-two players will feature in the main draw for boys and girls � 20 direct entries, four wild cards and eight qualifiers.

The final is on August 19.    

Calcutta, Aug. 11: 
Despite having been granted a singles wild card at the Sydney Olympics, Leander Paes is concentrating on the doubles.

According to Dr Vece Paes, the bronze medal winner in the Atlanta Games is not planning to compete in the singles in any tournament in the run-up to Sydney.

�I haven�t spoken to him after I came to know of the wild card yesterday. Lee must be thrilled but I�m not sure about his plans.

�As far as I know he�ll be playing only in the doubles of the Hamlet Cup in Long Island (beginning August 21) followed by US Open (beginning August 28) and the President�s Cup in Tashkent (beginning September 11).

�This wild card is just a bonus as he will focus on the doubles during the Olympic,� Dr Paes said.

He also informed that Paes, who has recovered fully from the wrist injury, has resumed training in Orlando a couple of weeks back.

Incidentally, besides Leander the other singles wild card for Asia has gone to Paradorn Srichapan of Thailand.

Other carders

Iva Majoli of Croatia and Canada�s Sebastien Lareau have been given wild-card entries, adds AP from London.

Majoli will play both singles and doubles.

Under rules for Olympic tennis, there are 14 ITF wild-card places in both the men�s and women�s singles, plus two wild-card places chosen by a body made up of the IOC, the national Olympic committees and the ITF.

However, eight of the ITF places in the men�s singles were awarded directly using the ATP Entry System ranking of July 10 as part of the agreement between the ITF and the ATP Tour. In both men�s and women�s doubles, there are eight ITF wild-card places.    

Calcutta, Aug. 11: 
Demonstrating cool head and good judgement, today, jockey Cristopher Alford, once again, found himself in the winners� enclosure on three occasions. His best effort came in the concluding event, the Stolen Hours Handicap won by Highland Flame. The champion jockey not only had to keep the hanging-in horse on an even keel in the stretch-run, but also had to put the horse back into his strides after a bump, in the final stages of the race, from Winning Hand. Cristopher�s other winners were Anolini in the Mamma�s Mink Cup and Queen�s Logic in the Voluntary Handicap.


1. Scarlet Prince Handicap 2,000m: (1-3-2) Hurricane Star (Rutherford) 1; Avionic (Rabani) 2; Bernadine (C. Alford) 3. Won by: 1-1/4; Dist; (2-15.5). Tote: Win Rs 53; Quinella: 40. Fav: Bernadine (2). Winner trained by J. Stephens.

2. Flower Dust Cup 1,000m: (4-6-2-7) Alygator (Amil) 1; Orbital Star (Rutherford) 2; Dizzy Diver (Locke) 3; Exclusive Girl 4. Won by: 2-3.4; 1-3/4; 4-1/2; (1-6.2). Tote: Win Rs 26; Place: 12; 14; 15; Quinella: 32; Tanala: 159. Fav: Alygator (4). Winner trained by Vijay S.

3. Voluntary Handicap 1,200m: (3-1-4-2) Queen�s Logic (C. Alford) 1; Alm-ond Rock (Gowli) 2; Software (Shan-ker) 3; On The Bit (Rutherford) 4. Won by: 2-1/4; 1-3/4; 2-3/4; (1-18.5). Tote: Win Rs 44; Place: 21; 12; Quinella: 29; Tanala: 104.Fav: Almond Rock (1). Winner trained by Bharath S.

4. Magyar Handicap 1,400m: (2-3-1-4) Airs Image (Gowli) 1; Atacada (C. Alford) 2; Arizona Star (Sher S.) 3; Little Boy Blue (Shanker) 4. Won by: 5-1/4; 6-1/2; 1/2; (1-33.7). Tote: Win Rs 15; Place: 11; 27; Quinella: 24; Tanala: 48. Fav: Airs Image (2). Winner trained by R. Alford.

5. Mamma�s Mink Cup 1,200m: (4-1-2-6) Anolini (C. Alford) 1; Mameena (Rutherford) 2; Optimum Choice (Gowli) 3; Storm Centre (Engineer) 4. Won by: 1-1/2; 1-1/4; 2-1/4; (1-18.9). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 11; 24; 17; Quinella: 75; Tanala: 265. Fav: Anolini (4). Winner trained by Vijay S.

6. Stolen Hours Handicap 1,100m: (2-6-1-10) Highland Flame (C. Alford) 1; Winning Hand (M. Reuben) 2; Char Bahar (Amjad K.) 3; Iron Warrior (A. P. Singh) 4. Won by: Hd; 3-3/4; 1/2; (1-12.2). Tote: Win Rs 25; Place: 14; 12; 22; Quinella: 24; Tanala: 164. Fav: Highland Flame (2). Winner trained by D. David.

Jackpot: Rs 951; (C) Rs 92.

Treble: (i) Rs 513; (ii) Rs 116.    

Fresh from her smashing Bangalore victory on debut, the Dhariwal-trained filly Sea Farer is taken to win the 1,200m Fillies Stakes, the main event at the Pune races on Saturday. Pesi Shroff partners the Green Forest-Dunmar daughter.


2 pm: Certain Smile 1. Speculative 2. Pussy Cat 3.

2.30 pm: Court Of Appeal 1. Midnight Charm 2. Pleasures 3.

3 pm: Sea Farer 1. Au Revoir 2. Moira 3.

3.30 pm: Sicalade 1. Dream Image 2. Begonia 3.

4 pm: Royal Season 1. Favorite Trick 2. Balancita 3.

4.30 pm: Flamebird 1. Saytarra 2. Knoxville 3.

5 pm: Seventh Fleet 1. Country Cousin 2. Batroyale 3.

5.30 pm: Tonnerre 1. Azurica 2. Grand Lodge 3.

Day�s Best: Tonnerre Double: Flamebird & Royal Season    

Mysore, Aug. 11: 
The 20-day regular Mysore race meet kicks off on August 17. Nearly 800 horses under 49 trainers will vie for stakes totalling Rs 1.70 crore. The recent rains have rendered the track condition good.

Grabbing a huge chunk of the above stakes, Rs 29 lakhs are for the three-year-olds contending for the three classics, the 1000 Guineas, sponsored by the Karnataka Racehorse Owners Association, the 2000 Guineas, the Kingfisher Derby, sponsored by the UB Group, the Nanoli Stud Million and the Hindu Gold Trophy.    


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