Wright appointment by BCCI today
EB, Churchill kick off in style
Seeded boys fall like nine pins
Bengal on top
Bagan want NFL ties at Eden
Calcutta Races/Run subsidies re-introduced
Calcutta Races/4 for main event
Calcutta Races/ Track Trials
Calcutta Races/ Sand track

Calcutta, Nov. 1: 
England�s Football Association side-stepped tradition last evening, appointing the first overseas coach � Swede Sven Goran Eriksson.

India�s cricket Board will do likewise tomorrow, and the job will go to New Zealander John Wright.

The formal announcement, in Mumbai, should be made by tomorrow evening. By then, the Board�s finance committee would have cleared the new coach�s package.

Besides Wright, the Board�s five-member �selection� panel (A.C.Muthiah, Jaywant Lele, Raj Singh Dungarpur, Hanumant Singh and Srinivas Venkatraghavan) interviewed Greg Chappell and Geoff Marsh.

Chappell and Wright were interviewed in Chennai, last week, while Marsh (Australia�s 1999 World Cup-winning coach) went through the same process both yesterday and today, in Mumbai.

That Wright, a former New Zealand captain and currently Kent�s coach, looked good to move into Kapil Dev�s shoes full-time was reported by The Telegraph in late August itself.

Wright came through very well during his interview and his appointment became a �formality� (as a well-placed source put it) when Marsh apparently conceded that India�s tight calender over the next 12 months wouldn�t exactly suit him.

The appointment, initially, will be for one year.

However, the Board has long-term plans and should the Wright-partnership be perfect, he will be offered an extension till the 2003 World Cup.

Stature-wise Chappell would dwarf both Wright and Marsh, but the Board believes Indian cricket will be best served by appointing somebody low-profile.

That and a clutch of other qualities have taken Wright past the post.

Marsh, it is learnt, may be invited to serve as consultant for the U-19 outfit. Of course, it�s not certain a formal offer will be made. Equally, there�s no guarantee Marsh will agree if one is made.

Wright, at the moment, is in England and should take charge just before the first Test versus Zimbabwe, in New Delhi from November 18.    

New Delhi, Nov. 1: 
E. BENGAL 3 MUKTIJODDHA 1 CHURCHILL 3 JCT 0 India�s second string of strikers Dipendu Biswas and Francis Silveira showed their mettle in quarter-final league matches at the Allwyn Durand Cup today.

Dipendu scored a sparkling hattrick as runners-up East Bengal overcame Muktijoddha Krira Chakra of Bangladesh 3-1. In another group II match, Silveira came away with a brace as Zee-Churchill Brothers crushed JCT 3-0. The opening goal for the Goans was scored by Somatai Shaiza in the 35th minute.

East Bengal and Churchill Brothers, the bookmakers� favourites for the title, are thus well-placed to enter the semi-finals. The current Calcutta and Goa league champions clash in the league on Friday. A draw could suit both as, after today�s big losses, either of Muktijoddha or JCT will have to win both their remaining matches.

Syed Nayeemuddin was satisfied with the result but felt his team played well only in patches, and the passing was often erratic.

The midfield often showed a lack of cohesion, but Jackson Agyapong, Deepak Mondal and Sur Kumar Singh were sound in defence. Dipendu excelled, even when he played in midfield to give Siva Mumumi an outing. Mumumi made three good runs at goals but shot weakly. Nayeem felt he needs more match practice.

There were two turning points in this match. In the 10th minute, Jackson made a goalline save off Saifur Rahman Moni�s powerful header, following a free-kick from the left. Then, at the half-hour, Chandan Das, who complained of a headache, was replaced by Tushar Rakshit. The wily Tushar rejuvenated the team with his shrewd passing.

In the 34th minute, he put Dipendu through. The latter was pushed from behind by stopper Mohammad. Sujan as he turned for goal and the referee promptly gave a penalty, the Bangaldeshis pointing out later that they thought the decision was harsh. Dipendu scored from the spot.

Four minutes later, Chapman�s diagonal found Bijen in space on the right. Cutting in, Bijen shot goalwards. The ball deflected off goalkeeper Aminul Haque�s hands and a lurking Dipendu prodded in.

In the 81st minute, Deepak Mondal overlapped, exchanging passes with Dipendu on the right till the later scored from an acute angle with a scorching right footer. Thereafter, East Bengal became slack and it allowed Muktijoddha substitute Reazul Karim Liton to score with an angular snap shot from outside the box.


EAST BENGAL: Sangram Mukherjee; Sur Kumar Singh, Jackson Agyapong, Deepak Mondal, Ratan Singh; Carlton Chapman (Falguni Dutta 66th), Suley Musah, Chandan Das (Tushar Rakshit 30th), Dipankar Roy (Siva Mumumi 60th); Dipendu Biswas, Bijen Singh.

MUKTIJODDHA: Aminul Haque; Hasan Al-Mamun, Rajani Kanta Burman, Md Sujan, Pradeep Poddar (Reazul Karim Liton 66th); Masud Rana, Sk S. Tushar, Arif Khan Joy, Zulfikar Mohammad Minto (Saurav M. Raju); Mohammad Amin Rana, Saifur Rehman Moni.

Great goal by Shaiza

Nippy midfielder Shaiza scored a delectable goal to put Churchill Brothers ahead in the other match. Brazilian recruit Andre Requena had put Shaiza through and he evaded two defenders and scored from an acute angle on the left with a powerful low left-footer. In the 42nd minute, Uday Kona�s low cross was deflected in by Silveira.

JCT�s defence, missing injured internationals Prabhjot Singh and Daljit Singh, was shaky. In the 82nd minute, Gawli on the overlap set Silveira free with a one touch, diagonal pass. Silveira placed into the net.


CHURCHILL BROTHERS: Edward Ansah, Rajesh Meetei, Osumanu Hussain, Mahesh Gawli, Farooq Haider (Jaspreet Singh 84th), Noel Wilson, Somatai Shaiza, Jose Colaco, Uday Konar (Ajay Kumar Singh 75th), Francis Silveira (Kaustav Ghosh 85), Andre Requena.

JCT: Baljit Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Ranjit Singh, Kuldip Singh, Tarsem Lal, Hardip Saini, Harinder Singh (Surjit Singh, Jaswant Singh), Ram Pal, Hardip Sangha, Jasjit Randhawa, Hardip Gill.

Tomorrow�s fixtures: Mohun Bagan vs Mahindra United; Salgaocar vs TFA.

Satyajit not on Bagan roster

Fifteen-time Durand Cup champions Mohun Bagan arrived in Delhi this morning, with two prominent payers missing from their roster: goalkeeper Sandip Nandy and veteran midfielder Satyajit Chatterjee.

Satyajit has represented Bagan in the Durand every year since 1986.

Coach Subrata Bhattacharya said Nandy was not in good nick. Kalyan Choubey, Rajat Ghosh Dastidar and Bibhas Ghosh are the three goalkeepers in the squad. The official reason for Satyajit�s omission is that he is �injured�.

Bagan take on 1998 Durand champions Mahindra United tomorrow afternoon. Subrata is unhappy at this afternoon start and asked for the match to be played at 3 pm. However, the Durand organisers have turned down his request.    

Calcutta, Nov. 1: 
The boys� top four seeds � Jayanta Chandra, Anirban Tarafdar, Tanmoy Dutta and Pathik Mehta � crashed out of the National Ranking table tennis championships (East) 2000 at the Khudiram Anushilan Kendra today. While Anirban lost in the first round, the others bowed out in the next (pre-quarter finals).


MEN�S first round (seeds only): Arup Basak bt Nitin Mahajan 21-13, 21-11, 21-9; Shibaji Dutta w/o Atin Rastogi; Subhajit Saha bt w/o Prithviraj Bose; Bhusan Thakur bt Abu Rizwan 21-15, 21-10, 22-20; R. Rajesh w/o Chira Chenna; Subham Chowdhury w/o Parag Agarwal; Ganesh Kundu bt Dipankar Adhikari 21-16, 21-11, 21-9; Sourav Chakraborty w/o Abhishek Ghosh. Second round (seeds only): Arup Basak bt Samit Biswas 21-11, 21-15, 21-16; Ganesh Kundu bt Tanmoy Dutta 23-21, 21-10, 21-15.

WOMEN�S first round (seeds only): Mouma Das w/o Leena Madhekar; N.R. Indu w/o Varsha Tare; Poulami Ghatak bt B.M. Aswini 21-7, 21-7, 21-14; Anindita Chakraborty bt Mousumi Pal 21-11, 21-19, 21-18; M.S. Mythili bt Pratima Sayal 21-14, 21-19, 22-20; Mantoo Ghosh bt Kanchan Basak 18-21, 21-14, 21-9, 16-21, 21-17; Kasturi Chakraborty w/o Shalmali Mahatre; Debosmita Das w/o Mallika Parekh.

BOYS� first round (seeds only): Jayanta Chandra bt I. Sriram 21-17, 21-5; Anirban Tarafdar lost to Sourav Pradhan 23-21, 17-21, 18-21; Tanmoy Dutta bt Soumyajit Sarkar 21-15, 21-16; Pathik Mehta bt Subhadip Das 21-16, 15-21, 21-12. Pre-quarters: Jayanta Chandra lost to Subhajit Saha Jr 21-15, 21-16, 21-14; Pathik Mehta lost to Birupaksha Saha 21-18, 11-21, 15-21, 14-21; Tanmoy Dutta lost to Snehasish Bhattacharjee 14-21, 17-21, 21-17, 21-14, 10-21. Quarter finals: Aditya Mahagaonkar bt Subhajit Saha Jr 21-19, 21-17, 21-18; Nilay Basak bt Snehasish Bhattacharjee 20-22, 21-16, 21-11, 15-21, 21-17; Sourav Chakraborty bt Birupaksha Saha 21-12, 21-17, 21-17; Amit Das bt Chiranjeeb Chowdhury 21-13, 21-12, 21-10.

GIRLS� first round (seeds only): Susmita Roy bt Gargi Bhattacharjee 21-8, 21-5; Mousumi Pal bt Piyali Bera 21-17, 21-9; S. Sangeeta w/o Munni Laha. Pre quarters: Susmita Roy bt Sayantika Kundu 21-12, 21-14, 21-14; Mousumi Pal bt N. Aishwarya 21-13, 21-17, 21-19; S. Sangeeta bt Anindita Basak 25-23, 23-25, 21-8, 21-16. Quarter finals: Susmita Roy bt Madhurika Pathkar 21-13, 21-11, 21-6; S. Sangeeta bt Anushree Saha 21-17, 21-13, 21-9; Nandita Saha bt Poulami Sinha 21-10, 21-6, 21-11; Mousumi Pal bt M. Aswini 21-15, 21-8, 21-19.

CADET BOYS� first round (seeds only): Aman Baglu w/o Indrajit Mondal; Sudipto Ghosh bt Dhiman Roy 21-9, 21-12; Abir Dutta Chowdhury bt Ankur Basak 21-14, 21-17. Quarter finals: Sourav Ghosh bt L. Sachin 21-13, 21-19; R.S. Raja bt Sudipto Ghosh 21-19, 21-17; Kankojit Mondal bt Diptarko Biswas 17-21, 21-19, 21-16; Sumit Kundu bt Sunil Sethi 21-17, 25-23, 21-16.

CADET GIRLS� second round (seeds only): Ahana Pal bt Sweta Modak 21-18, 21-9; Pallavi Kundu bt Mita Basak 21-10, 21-5 Soumi Mondal bt U.V. Agni 21-6, 21-12. Quarter finals: Ahana Pal bt Megha Agarwal 21-16, 11-21, 21-13; Nabanita Bose bt Sudipta Ghosh 21-17, 21-17; Soumi Mondal bt Agomani Mitra 21-14, 18-21, 21-18; Sukanya Bose bt Pallabi Kundu 21-19, 21-19.    

Calcutta, Nov. 1: 
Orissa were 77 for four against Bengal at stumps on Day 2 of their U-14 zonal tie in Cuttack. As per information received here, Bengal declared their first innings at 362 for nine.

BRIEF SCORES: Bengal 362/9 dec. (Arindam Das 69, Himdari Pal 44, Priyabrata Dutta 43). Orissa 77/4 (Sk Pearuddin 3/20).

Jorhat: Assam scored 263 in their first innings against Tripura, reports Our Correspondent. At close, Tripura 37 for four.    

Calcutta, Nov. 1: 
Mohun Bagan today requested the IFA to move the state government in making the Eden Gardens available for their National Football League (NFL) matches between December 1 and 18.

ONGC, AOD in semis

ONGC and Assam Oil Division (AOD) entered the semi-finals of the PSC football meet today.

In their final group matches today, ONGC drubbed IBP 6-0 while AOD beat BRPL 2-0.

Mistry stays at CCFC

Pritam Mistry withdrew in favour of CCFC in the BHA inter-club transfers today.

Meanwhile, the senior nationals which was scheduled to be held in Jammu from November 28 have been deferred.    

Calcutta, Nov. 1: 
The poor state of horse-strength in the city racing has prompted the RCTC stewards to re-introduce subsidies in the sport from the forthcoming winter season starting from Friday. Briefing the press at a media-conference today, Micky H. Chinoy, steward RCTC said; �Horses finishing up to sixth place will be entitled to a subsidy of Rs 1,000 per run.� Such a facility was withdrawn five years ago owing to financial reasons.

In order to attract outstation entries and for better fields, the club has also decided to foot the transportation bills of the visiting horses. The city-based horses, who had gone outstation for summring, will not be benefited by the scheme, informed Vineet Verma, CEO and secretary RCTC. Following Maneka Gandhi�s recommendations, the club � during the forthcoming season � will also see the mandatory use of shock absorbing whips by all jockeys. Such whips will be imported by the year-end. Former jockey James Reuben will act as race-day official to supervise and check whipping of horses, added Verma.    

Calcutta, Nov. 1: 
There are only four in the line-up for the Midnight Cowboy Cup, the main event in the opneing day�s card on Friday. First race starts at 1.15 pm.


1. Sea Spary Handicap 1,200m (Cl V, Rt. 0-28) 1.15 pm: Airs Image 60; Santillana 60; Double Dancer 59; Annalee 56; Alocina 54.

2. Beauregard Cup 1,400m (Cl IV, Rt. 22-50) 1.55 pm: Ace Of Spades 60; Bul Bul 59.5; Come True 59; Kargil Soldier 56.5; Lockers Park 54; Artifact 53.5; Blessed Spirit 52.

3. Midnight Cowboy Cup 1,200m (Cl I, Rt. 88 over) 2.25 pm: Freedom Dancer 62; Treasurer 56.5; Falconhead 53.5; No Surrender 51.

4. Cally Handicap 1,100m (Cl V, Rt. 18 & below) 2.55 pm: Armila 60; Adeline 56.5; Bird�s Empire 56; Slice Of Life 55; Atacada 52; Fibonacci 50.5; Private Lives 50.

5. Gold Span Handicap 1,100m (Cl IV, Rt. 22-50) 3.30 pm: Silver Raising 61; Aracruz 57; On The Bit 56.5; Mountain Memory 55.5; Ballet Master 54; Regal Parade 52.5; Work Order 52.5; Natural Mover 51; Consul�s Secret 50.5.

6. Leonidas Handicap 1,400m (Cl III, Rt. 44-72) 4.05 pm: Aragrove 60; Aznavour 58.5; High Life 58; Fame Star 57.5; Beau Bruno 57; Citadel 57; Abstract 56.5; Gentle Priest 56.5; Winning Hand 54.5; Soldier�s Dream 53.

Jackpot: 2; 3; 4; 5 & 6.

Treble: (i) 1; 2 & 3; (ii) 4; 5 & 6.

Calcutta, Nov. 1: 

Outer sand track

1,200m: 2-y-o track no. 35 (Rabani) and track no. 32 (C. Alford) in 1-32 1/5s; (400m) 32s. Former a length better.

800m: No Regrets (Rb) in 55s; (400m) 28s. Moved well. Arizona Star (Sher S.) in 58s; (400m) 28s. Winning Hand (Rb) in 58s; (400m) 26s. Easy. Double Dancer (Rb) in 55s; (400m) 26s. Good. Global Harmony (Haroon) in 57s; (400m) 29s. Easy. Anntari (Rabani) and Alkido (C. Alford) 55s; (400m) 28s. Both pushed to level. 2-y-o track no. 31 (C. Alford) and track no. 34 (Rabani) 57s; (400m) 29s. Prizren (M. Reuben) and Breezalla (Rb) 1-1s; (400m) 30s. Abolisher (C. Alford) 53s; (400m) 26s. Urged.    

Calcutta, Nov. 1: 

1,200m: Staffordshire (M. Reuben) and Nearco Prince (Rb) in 1-27s; (400m) 27s; Both level. Quickdraw McGraw (Yacoob) and Art Smart (Amjad) in 1-30s; (400m) 28s. Former far better.

1,000m: No Surrender (M. Reuben) in 1-8s; (800m) 51s; (400m) 25s. Good.

800m: Armila (Locke) in 58s; (400m) 26 2/5s. Bul Bul (Engineer) in 55s; (400m) 26s. Easy. Eau Savage (Shanker) in 52s; (400m) 25s. Moved well. Heaven�s Blessing (Shanker) in 52s; (400m) 26s. Handy. Silver Raising (M. Reuben) in 52s; (400m) 25s. Fit. Tanganyika (Amjad) in 1-0s; (400m) 29s. Rheinheart (Shanker) in 54s; (400m) 26s. Easy. Diplomatic Gesture (Shanker) in 52s; (400m) 26s. Good. Alvarada (Amil) and Actress (A. P. Singh) in 53s; (400m) 26s. Former 6 ls better. Good.

600m: Work Order (Haroon) in 38s; (400m) 23 3/5s. Moved well. Double Bull (Upadhya) in 42s; (400m) 27s. Bold Apparel (Imran K.) in 41s; (400m) 26s.    


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