Venkat on �selection� panel
Ghei keeps lead
Kasturi, Avanti shocked
Pune Races/ Ocean Breeze for main event

Calcutta, Oct. 19: 
Greg Chappell and John Wright will be interviewed by a five-strong �selection� committee of the Board in Chennai Monday.

As announced, the two former captains have been shortlisted for the national coach�s job � and the Board is just days away from breaking with tradition.

The others who applied were Andy Roberts, Geoff Marsh and Dean Jones.

While Marsh opted out (when reasonably well-placed), the Board didn�t pay much attention to the CVs of Roberts and Jones.

Roberts was unimpressive as the West Indies coach in the mid-Nineties, while a leading government agency has apparently advised the Board to �stay away� from Jones.

Reports had thus far indicated Chappell and Wright would be interviewed only by Board president A.C. Muthiah, secretary Jaywant Lele and former president Raj Singh Dungarpur.

According to The Telegraph�s sources, former India captain Srinivas Venkatraghavan and Hanumant Singh, director of the National Cricket Academy, will also be among the interviewers.

Venkat and Hanumant�s selection, it is understood, has been at the initiative of Muthiah himself. And, frankly, nobody should complain. Their credentials are outstanding.

Among the most respected of umpires, Venkat has been a former India manager, national selector and ICC Match Referee too.

Hanumant (a Test centurion on debut) is on the Match Referees� panel, and has served as chairman of the national selection committee. He was also coach of the 1996 World Cup-qualifying Kenyan team.

�By involving such distinguished former cricketers, the selection process itself gets a �lift.� The inputs of both Venkat and Hanumant will be invaluable and, more important, they�ll be able to assess the candidates critically,� observed a source.

Clearly, this Muthiah move has been aimed at giving the selection process a technical flavour. In any case, as of now, everything points to a photo-finish between Chappell and Wright.

Meanwhile, one learns the Board has dumped the idea of appointing a desi assistant coach. For now, at least.

�That�s unlikely to come about, certainly not in the near future... We would first like the coach himself to settle down � that has to be top priority. Picking a deputy is something that can be thought of at a later date,� another source pointed out.

Be it Chappell or Wright, assignment No. 1 will be the one-off Test in Dhaka � Bangladesh�s first � from November 10.

Significantly, Kapil Dev�s full-time successor may be named late Monday itself.    

Calcutta, Oct. 19: 
Gaurav Ghei shot a four-under 68 to maintain his one-stroke lead after Round 3 of the HT ProGolf meet in Gurgaon today. According to information received here, Ghei tallied 14-under 202 to be a stroke ahead of Jyoti Randhawa, who also returned a similar card today.

Amateur golf meet

pRepresentatives from a host of city-based multinationals, IPS officers and amateurs will be in action as the city golf season tees off Saturday with the New India Assurance Invitation tournament at Tollygunge Club. Announcing this at a press conference this evening, Dilip Kumar Burman, assistant general manager, New India Assurance, said the tournament is going to be held every year.    

Calcutta, Oct. 19: 
Kasturi Chakraborty and Avanti Sinha, featured in some upset results as individual events of the 66th state table tennis championship got underway in Haldia today.

According to information received here, while second seeded Kasturi�s fight against unseeded Shinjini Mitra went in vain in a thrilling five-setter pre-quarter final match, Avanti was shocked by Mousumi Pal 13-21, 21-14, 11-21, 18-21. Top seeded Anindita Chakraborty earned a facile 21-12, 21-9, 21-14 win against Piu Sur.

In the men�s pre-quarter finals, top seeded Arup Basak played to form and convincingly beat Sourav Sengupta in straight set and Kishalay Basak earned a surprise win over Ganesh Kundu 21-12, 21-17, 16-21, 10-21, 21-15. Second seeded Shibaji Dutta, however, lost his second round match to Indranath Bhattacharjee 21-19, 21-16, 14-21, 15-21, 21-19.


(pre-quarter finals)
Men�s singles � Arup Basak (NCZ) bt Sourav Sengupta (SL) 21-10, 21-8, 21-15; Nilesh Baid (MP) bt Tanmoy Dutta (SL) 21, 17-21, 21-8, 21-13; Ranabir Das (NCZ) bt Anirban Nandi (HWH) 17-21, 21-19, 21-15, 13-21, 22-20; Ambarish Chatterjee (HGL) bt Abir Rizwan (CCZ) 16-21, 21-13, 21-13, 14-21, 21-9; Subham Chowdhury (NCZ) bt Kaustav Banerjee (HGL) 24-22, 21-17, 21-17; Kishalay Basak (NCZ) bt Ganesh Kundu (SL) 21-12, 21-17, 16-21, 10-21, 21-15.

Women�s singles � Mousumi Pal (N 24 pg) bt Avanti Sinha (CCZ) 21-13, 14-21, 21-11, 21-18; Anushree Saha (CCZ) bt Moon Moon Basak (NCZ) 21-16, 12-21, 22-20, 22-24, 21-17; Manisha Chakraborty (CN) bt Kanchan Basak (NCZ) 15-21, 21-14, 21-16, 21-15; Shinjini Mitra (SCZ) bt Kasturi Chakraborty (SL) 21-14, 21-19, 16-21, 13-21, 21-15; Anindita Chakraborty (HWH) bt Piu Sur (CN) 21-12, 21-9, 21-14; Nandita Saha (SL) bt Anindita Ganguly (CN) 22-20, 21-14, 21-14; Susmita Roy (SCZ) bt Rajashree Jha (HGL) 24-22, 21-16, 21-12.    

Pune, Oct. 19: 
The four-year-old Dallas Todywalla-trained filly, Ocean Breeze may upset the likely favourite, Stavros � a three-year-old colt � in the Mansab Plate in Pune on Friday. Malcolm Kharadi partners the Exhilaration-Virginia Princess filly.


2.45 pm: Amber Music 1. Seventh Star 2. Lumiere 3.
3.15 pm: Oh So Quick 1. Santi Spiritus 2. Un-Bel-Di 3.
3.45 pm: Ocean Breeze 1. Stavros 2. Valparaiso 3.
4.15 pm: Perfect Strides 1. Polish Nobility 2. Piabo 3.
4.45 pm: Fiery Angel 1. Arabella 2. Lion Of Judah 3.
5.15 pm: Evidence Of Faith 1. Green Paradise 2. Rich Babe 3.
5.45 pm: Silver Line 1. Mulan 2. Spring Snow 3.
Day�s Best: Perfect Strides
Double: Amber Music & Oh So Quick
October 15 inter-state dividends

The following are the October 15 inter-state dividends � Pune races � held up owing to a snag in the computering betting system:

Sixth race: Win Rs 27; Place: 11; 16; 58; Quinella: 40; Tanala: 756.
Jackpot: Rs 6,79,940 (Carried over).
Treble: (ii) Rs 1,864.

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