It�s not all doom for Windies cricket: Lloyd
Wrichik in state Ranji squad
Sourashish for Sarandeep
Draw leaves task cut out for Bagan
Salt Lake Stadium impasse persists
Hakimuddin, Millet to miss meet
And the show goes on
Bangalore Races/ Six Speed best in opening day car
Hyderabad Races/ Golden Carp wins
Calcutta Races/ Arendal, Arezzo catch attention

Mumbai, Nov. 4: 
Very few need absolutely no introduction. Clive �Supercat� Lloyd is one such.

The Manchester-based former captain, selector, cricket manager (coach) and manager spoke to The Telegraph last evening. Incidentally, Lloyd is soon due to become a grandfather � daughter Melissa is in the family way for the first time.

Following are excerpts

On the sorry state of West Indies cricket

Fact is, at the moment, we don�t have enough good players. Hopefully, things will get better and I certainly don�t subscribe to the notion it�s doom-and-doom only. We recently won the U-15 World Cup and that�s encouraging... In time, West Indies cricket will sort itself out.

On Carl Hooper coming out of retirement

All I�ll say is he should never have quit when he did � last year.

On why the West Indies is producing few quality players

Because the rudiments aren�t right. Most of my generation learnt the game playing County cricket. We imbibed everything about professionalism... Today, there are restrictions on overseas players and, so, if that�s not feasible then the coaching back in the West Indies has to be thorough.

Cricket is like maths. If the basics aren�t right, you�ll be out of depth at the higher levels. To draw another parallel, if your mom does teach you to be a good citizen, you won�t do anything stupid. The bottomline is grounding.

On most youngsters, in the West Indies, turning to basketball

They say it�s because of satellite TV... My own son (Jason), incidentally, is now fully into basketball after having shown much interest in cricket.

On Sir Viv Richards getting a raw deal (on the coach�s appointment) from the West Indies Board

Turned out to be a silly situation... If the Board didn�t have faith in Viv�s capabilities, he shouldn�t have been given the job in New Zealand at the start of the year. Then, when he formally applied, he was told he�s not good enough. These situations are best avoided.

On why he himself didn�t apply

The Board did send me a form, but I didn�t want to.

On his association with West Indies cricket ending (for now, at least) with the end of his manager�s contract last year

(Grins) That was, of course, my second stint as manager... I got the stick even though I had no say, for instance, in selection. It was frustrating... It was disappointing... I mean, what could I have done as manager? I had to depend on people. Similarly, what can a coach alone do? He, too, depends on people.

On why, then, he didn�t quit

I did contemplate that but, having begun a job, thought it best to complete it...

On Sir Viv and Brian Lara, two of the West Indies� greatest batsmen

Viv always had this great belief in himself... It wasn�t so much arrogance as letting the world know he could master any attack. Brian had it, initially, but seems to have lost that Viv-like flavour... I remember Viv would apologise to the entire team if he messed up. That alone shows his greatness... But while Viv had others to complement his effort, Brian doesn�t have the same support.

Indeed, Brian isn�t the West Indies team; ten others are paid to do their bit. It wouldn�t look too bad if he alone failed. But, when everybody else does, too, then Brian�s failure comes off worse... Whether he likes it or not, somebody of his stature creates expectations... That�s part of the business... Now that Brian isn�t captain, he should get back some natural flair.

On what makes a good captain

Actually, a captain is only as good as his team.

On Jimmy Adams as captain

He�s only just begun, full-time... It�s going to take him some time to get the moulding-act right. It takes a player three-four years of Test cricket to be able to adapt to all conditions. Likewise, captains need time to mature.

On the Indian team

Has promise and I�ve been very impressed by both Yuvraj and Zaheer... Sourav has the potential to be a good captain.

On John Wright�s appointment as India�s coach, the first from overseas

The top challenge for Wright willl be to relate to the diverse set-up, in India... The players� different cultures, backgrounds... I suppose expectations will be high and fans may not be satisfied with anything less than a giant step forward. It will be interesting to see whether Wright will get a carte-blanche. Ideally, there should be an Indian coach working under the overseas appointee.

On whether he would be comfortable watching an overseas coach handle the West Indies team

I�ll be comfortable as long as the best man gets the job. If only a foreigner meets the requirements, I see no harm in picking him. His dedication and professionalism will have to be scrutinised, though.

On Lara figuring in the CBI�s explosive report

But where�s the evidence? On the face of it, it�s not right just naming people. Once you do that, it must be backed with evidence... Generally speaking, I�ll be pleased if this report finally leads to a clean-up. We can do without this scandal. Also, the ICC alone should conduct investigations, instead of different Boards doing so and, when the clean-up is complete, there must be a uniform contract (for players) across all Test-playing nations.

Going by Media reports, only Azharuddin and Ajay Sharma can be prosecuted (by government agencies) in India. This is strange. What of the rest?

Finally, on whether he is relieved he wasn�t ever approached by bookies

(Emotionally) You know, the worst thing would be for somebody to think you can be approached... It would have left me devastated had somebody even thought he could have made an offer... As it turned out, we won just about everything at stake. And, not for money � the money then was peanuts compared to today. Rather we were, always, driven by the pride factor. We couldn�t return home losers.


Calcutta, Nov. 4: 
Wrichik Mazumder is the surprise inclusion in the 14-member Bengal squad for the Ranji Trophy tie against Tripura, to be played here from November 19 to 22.

The squad led by Devang Gandhi includes five new faces, opener Arijit Bose, batsman Pitambar Dutta, medium-pacers Sujay Parui, Shib Shankar Pal and allrounder Sanjib Sanyal.

Opener Alokendu Lahiri has been put on standbye and may get a call if wicketkeeper Syed Saba Karim is named in the national side for the first Test against Zimbabwe beginning November 18. Deep Dasgupta is the other stumper in the XIV.

Wrichik�s selection is surprising as the leg-spinner was not among the 26 probables.

�He�s in as off-spinner Sourasish Lahiri will be busy with under-19 matches. Also, Wrichik impressed the captain and selectors at the nets where he was present as an extra bowler,� explained selection committee chief Ashok Malhotra. Devang said he will bat at No. 3.


Devang Gandhi (captain), Rohan Gavaskar, Srikant Kalyani, Syed Saba Karim, Utpal Chatterjee, Deep Dasgupta, Sanjib Sanyal, Sujoy Parui, Shib Shankar Pal, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Amitava Banerjee, Arijit Bose, Wrichik Mazumder, Pitambar Dutta. Standbye: Alokendu Lahiri.

Innings win for Bengal

Bengal thrashed Assam by an innings and 140 runs in a Cooch Behar Trophy match at the Eden today. It took Bengal�s tally to 16 points from three matches, while Assam are yet to collect any in as many games.

BRIEF SCORES: Bengal 336/4 decl. Assam 92 (Bichitra Bruah 35 n.o.; Sabir Ali 5/28, Pinaki Majumdar 2/20) & 104 (Khanin Saikia 26; Gaurav Sharma 6/36, Tanveer Hyder 4/22). Bengal won by an innings and 140 runs.

Meanwhile, Bengal left out Manvendra Yadav, Sourasish Lahiri and wicketkeeper Koustav Roy from the 14 picked for the tie against Sikkim to be played in Gangtok from Friday. Saurav Shukla, Samad Akhtar and Ritesh Jaiswal are the replacements.    

Calcutta, Nov. 4: 
Bengal off-spinner Sourashish Lahiri replaces Punjab�s Sarandeep Singh in the India A squad for the three-day match against Zimbabwe to be played in Indore from Wednesday to Friday.

Sarandeep got injured in Punjab�s last Ranji Trophy match against Himachal Pradesh in Una. The India A squad is led by Punjab�s Reetinder Singh Sodhi.

Sourasish, a National Cricket Academy (NCA) trainee, leaves for Indore tomorrow. All players in the India A XIV, incidentally, are from the NCA.

Under-14 squad

Himadri Pal will lead Bengal in the three-day zonal under-14 tie against Sikkim to be played at the East Calcutta District Sports Council ground from Tuesday.

Bengal drew their last match against Orissa.


Arindam Das, Rohan Banerjee, Avishek Bhowmick, Samik Mukherjee, Priya Brata Dutta, Suraj Kumar Gond, Himadri Pal, Sarnendu Pal, Sheikh Pearuddin, Subhojit Basu, Abhishek Saha, Adit Oswal, Prosenjit Roy, Writam Porel. Caoches: Rajesh Dani & Saurabh Basu.    

New Delhi, Nov. 4: 

The Ambedkar Stadium jinx against Salgaocar continued for Mohun Bagan when the teams finished goalless in a quarter-final league match of the Allwyn Durand football tournament this afternoon. Since 1998, the Calcutta gianst have not been able to beat Salgaocar at this venue in the Durand tournament, the National League or the Super Cup.

In another match today, Mahindra United sparkled in a 5-0 demolition of Tata Football Academy (TFA). Manjit Singh (2), midfielders Habib Adekunle and Aqueel Ansari and substitute striker M. Najeeb scored.

Group I is now tantalisingly poised. Mahindras are on top with four points from two matches and a healthy goal difference of plus five. Salgaocar are second with four points and a goal difference of plus one. Mohun Bagan are third with two from two draws.

On Monday, in their last league game, Bagan need to beat TFA by a margin of at least two goals to ensure a semi-final berth. If that happens, Salgaocar will have to beat Mahindras.

Today�s match was a battle of attrition where scoring chances were few and far between. Debutant Amouri helped tighten Bagan�s defence with his sound positional play and timely interceptions. Rajat Ghosh Dastidar impressed in goal, his full-length dive to palm away Bruno Coutinho�s thunderbolt in the 78th minute keeping Bagan in the tournament. Coach Subrata Bhattacharya�s experiment with Dulal Biswas as a defensive midfielder in place of injured Debjit Ghosh clicked.

Salgaocar used a 3-5-2 system, with Coven Lawrence and Francis Coelho tightly man-marking Brazilian strikers Jose Ramirez Baretto and Joao Dos Santos. The Calcutta giants played in the 4-4-2 system but the right flank was ineffective with Amitava Chanda rarely overlapping and James Singh not quite himself.

Salgaocar created the better scoring chances. Dashing midfielder Gbenga Lawal struck the right post with his long range effort in the 31st minute and striker Climax Lawrence hit the rebound wide. In the closing stages of the second half, substitute striker Alvito D�Cunha struck the post with his curling free-kick.

With Bagan�s midfield not as fluent as in their previous match, the attack suffered, and it was left to Baretto to wriggle out of some tight marking and create chances.


MOHUN BAGAN: Rajat Ghosh Dastidar, Amitava Chanda, Hussein Mustafi, Amouri, Lolendra Singh, Dulal Biswas, R.P. Singh, Basudeb Mondal (R.C. Prakash 72nd), Jose Ramirez Baretto, Joao Dos Santos.
SALGAOCAR: Juje Siddi, Augustine Rodrigues, Coven Lawrence, Franky Baretto, Francis Coelho, Jos Esteves, Jules Alberto (Dharamjit Singh 58th), Gbenga Lawal, Denis Cabral (Domingos Vaz 81), Bruno Coutinho, Climax Lawrence (Alvito D�Cunha 86th).
Referee: S.M. Balu

The introduction of pacy winger Abhay Kumar gave Mahindra United width and variety in their attack. The Mumbai league champions went ahead in the third minute when Aqueel�s corner was headed against the post by S. Venkatesh and striker Manjit Singh banged in.

There was no respite for TFA from there.


MAHINDRA UNITED: Virender Singh, Ramesh Razak, Christopher Kem, Tapan Ghosh, Anthony Pereira, S. Venkatesh (Khalid Siddiqui 45th), Aqueel Ansari (Raman Vijayan 68th), Habib Adekunle, Abhay Kumar, Manjit Singh (M. Najeeb 79th), Abbas Ali Rizvi.
TFA: V. Satish Kumar, Amjad Ali, Prashant Jaggi, Habibur Rehman, Dipayan Mazumdar, Avinash Thapa, Akbar Singh, Bhuvan Chand Joshi, Subash Chakraborty (Krishna Tudu 69th), Malsungthunga, Syed Rahim Nabi. Referee: Gopinath Pyne

A draw will do

East Bengal need only a draw in their last group II match, against JCT tomorrow. Anit Ghosh may replace the injured Deepak Mondal as stopper-back. In midfield Isiaka is likely to get his first start of the tournament.    

Calcutta, Nov. 4: 
The AIFF may have finalised the first-leg fixtures of the National Football League (NFL), yet the impasse over the availability of Salt Lake Stadium continues. With the Millennium Cup scheduled to be held in three venues including Calcutta from January 15-25, the city�s principal football stadium has to undergo renovation. For this, it can�t be used for domestic matches from November 15.

According to AIFF president Priya Ranjan Das Munshi, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan may have to play most of their first-leg matches at outstation venues. The Salt Lake Stadium is the traditional �home� turf for the Big Two for NFL matches. This means they will finish most of their �away� commitments which should leave them with the psychological advantage of playing quite a few �home� matches in the second phase.

Though East Bengal have agreed to play their �home� matches in Siliguri, Mohun Bagan have not and according to the AIFF chief, a decision on this will be taken by the NFL committee.

ONGC, BPCL in final

ONGC and BPCL will meet in the final of the XXI PSCB football tournament tomorrow. In the semi-finals today, ONGC beat AOD 5-0, while BPCL edged Oil India 1-0.

Rovers may be postponed

The centenary Rovers Cup may be postponed to January 2001, says A Correspondent from New Delhi. This is being done to ensure the participation of East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. If the tournament is held as scheduled, both the clubs may withdraw, citing injuries to key players, prior to the start of the National League on November 28.    

Calcutta, Nov. 4: 
The 55th national aquatics championships will be inaugurated at the Subhas Sarovar pool tomorrow. The meet looks sure to be marred by mismanagement and the sheer lack of funds that has plagued the organisers, but even before it starts it has been robbed of two stars � Olympians S.H. Hakimuddin (Police) and Nisha Millet (Karnataka).

Neither has entered so far, informed Ramanuj Mukhopadhyay, secretary of the Bengal Amateur Swimming Association, the organisers.

�Nisha is unwell, and Hakimuddin has had a bereavement in the family,� he said. Also absent will be Sikha Tandon of Karnataka who has had a toe injury.

These absentees will make things difficult for Police and Karnataka to retain their men�s and women�s titles. The Maharashtra women will want to seize this opportunity to push their way to the title.

In the pool, though, will be veteran Railway sprinter Sebastian Xavier, who has had the richest haul of medals from national and international meets, and who, even at this late stage of his career, is still a force to reckon with.

Railways also have Akbar Ali Mondal, the star on the horizon, who won 12 golds in inter-Railway meets during the year. Divers Tarak Nath Hait and Suprana Paul will also be on show. Police pin their hopes on Richa Misra in the women�s section. She won five golds at the last nationals.

In all, 702 swimmers from 21 states and institutions will take part in the meet. The meet will be inaugurated tomorrow afternoon, but the heats of all events will take off in the morning.

The first sign of decay was noticed when the secretary informed that the championships is likely to be conducted without touch pads, mandatory even in inter-school meets around the world. The special Duro-Flex springboard may also not be available. These items of equipment have failed to reach here from Delhi on time.

NSA to take part

Meanwhile, the Calcutta high court, in its ad-interim order of Thursday, has allowed the National Swimming Association to take part in the national meet independently, �considering the facts and circumstances of this case�.

The court, however, has also made it clear that �this order shall not be treated to be precedent for future prayer of the respondents.�    

Mumbai, Nov. 4: 
Sunil Gavaskar set the tone and Sourav Ganguly�s response wasn�t found wanting.

Speaking during the Ceat Cricket Ratings� awards last evening, the former India captain touched an emotional chord when he hoped the next International Team of the Year (2000-2001) award would go to India.

[India finished sixth, this time.]

The present captain, there to receive the 1999-2000 International Cricketer of the Year award (Rs 5 lakh, besides the trophy), drew an even bigger applause when he vowed to return, in 2001, to collect just that.

Gavaskar, one of the three Ratings� adjudicators (others being Clive Lloyd and Ian Chappell), and Sourav put in perspective what the evening was all about.

Of striving for excellence; of keeping faith.

Additional glamour, on the romantic CCI turf, came in the form of Allan Border, deputed by the Australian Cricket Board to collect Australia�s International Team of the Year award. Present, too, were Sachin and Anjali Tendulkar (briefly, though); Ravi and Ritu Shastri; the Polly Umrigars and Raj Singh Dungarpurs...

The gathering itself seemed to make a statement � that the show must go on. It would have pleased the host, RPG Group vice-chairman Sanjiv Goenka, no end.

The function, after all, came days after the CBI�s stunning report and just hours after the Board�s decision to ban the five Indian players indicted in that report.

In a fine gesture, Ceat honoured the late Vinoo Mankad (elder daughter-in-law Nirupama represented the family), Erapalli Prasanna, Gavaskar and Dilip Vengsarkar � the only Indians who would have bagged awards had the Ratings been in vogue from the start of international cricket (1876-77) and not 1995-96.

Since the Ratings� (Tests and ODIs get equal weightage) inception, two Indians have emerged best: Venkatesh Prasad (1996-97) and, of course, Sourav.

Mankad (1951-52 and 1952-53) and Prasanna (1967-68 and 1969-70) would have been honoured twice, while Gavaskar and Vengsarkar would have been successful in 1970-71 and 1986-87, respectively.

Looks odd that Kapil Dev couldn�t make it in the pre 1995-96 era. But, then, Sachin hasn�t made it either.

This time, however, Sachin finished a close second, on 95 points (with Chris Cairns) to Sourav�s 98.    

Bangalore, Nov. 4: 
It is hard to look beyond Six Speed in the 1,200m Abbey Falls Cup, the main attraction in the opening day�s card of nine events. The Darius Byramji-ward was the summer �Fillies� winner before she lost the Derby in a tight finish. Maintaining her blazing form. The Placerville-Haunting Beauty may be expected to give an arm-chair ride to her jockey Pesi Shroff.


1.30 pm: Golden Estate 1. Speedy Idea 2. Royal Satsuma 3.
2 pm: Gypsie�s Wish 1. Saffron Finch 2. Barassie 3.
2.30 pm: Sendawar 1. Step In Time 2. Sun Court 3.
3 pm: Six Speed 1. Golden Fisher 2. Crystal Moment 3.
3.30 pm: Ronson 1. Tresorie 2. Renzino 3.
4 pm: Argolis 1. Blushing Heart 2. Desert Gold 3.
4.30 pm: Daggers Drawn 1. Alphabetic 2. Fantasy Flight 3.
5 pm: Surfside 1. Star Liner 2. Royal Debut 3.
5.30 pm: Allabreva 1. Save The Day 2. Niveditha 3.

Day�s Best: Six Speed Double: Sendawar & Argolis


Hyderabad, Oct. 4: 
The L. D�Silva-trained three-year-old filly Golden Carp sprinted away with the A. P. Commemoration Cup at the Hyderabad races on Saturday. K. P. Appu partnered the Classic Sport-Cold Chop daughter.


(With inter-state dividends)
1. Beginners Plate 1,100m: (7-5-6) Royal Sign (Pawar) 1; Petrushka 2; Repose 3. Won by: 3; 7-1/2; (1-9.8). Tote: Win Rs 730; Place: 85; 11; 12; Quinella: 892; Tanala: 6,723. Fav: Repose (6).

2. Nicolette Plate 1,200m: (1-3-2) Desert Fox (Appu) 1; Sun Beam 2; Tippler 3. Won by: 2; 3/4; (1-17). Tote: Win Rs 47; Place: 15; 13; 12; Quinella: 70; Tanala: 289. Fav: Tippler (2).

3. Patrons Cup 1,600m: (9-7-1) Speed Racer (Appu) 1; Resources 2; Aux Armes 3. Won by: 3; 2; (1-45.6). Tote: Win Rs 36; Place: 15; 82; 19; Quinella: 348; Tanala: 3,768. Fav: X-Press (6).

4. Welcome Plate 1,400m: (8-7-2) Akarita (Merchant) 1; Blazing Rock 2; Miss Ninety Eight 3. Won by: 4; 1/2; (1-29.4). Tote: Win Rs 16; Place: 11; 39; 24; Quinella: 111; Tanala: 594. Fav: Akarita (8).

5. A. P. Commemoration Cup 1,200m: (5-1-3) Golden Carp (Appu) 1; Regal Musket 2; Baazigar 3. Won by: 2; 1/2; (1-14.6). Tote: Win Rs 12; Place: 11; 43; Quinella: 53; Tanala: 128. Fav: Golden Carp (5).

6. Nagarjuna Plate 1,200m: (4-1-15) Abbattale (Merchant) 1; Batalik 2; Party Leader 3. Not run: Golden Warrior (8) & Nevada (12). Won by: 3/4; 3/4; (1-16.2). Tote: Win Rs 123; Place: 33; 18; 111; Quinella: 214; Tanala: 38,927. Fav: Dolly Parton (3).

7. Aberader Plate 1,100m: (8-4-6) Jaggs (Farokh) 1; Royal Gift 2; Hungama 3. Won by: 5; 1-1/4; (1-9.8). Tote: Win Rs 194; Place: 35; 30; 38; Quinella: 1,263; Tanala: 10,048. Fav: Cannon Time (5).

Jackpot: Rs 6,578; (C) Rs 91.

Treble: (i) Rs 179; (ii) Rs 1,449.


Calcutta, Nov. 4: 
Arendal and Arezzo were impressive from among the following horses exercised today:

Outer sand track

1,400m: Arendal (Amil) and Arezzo (C. Alford) in 1-42s; (400m) 28s. Both are fit.

1,200m: Master Bold (C. Alford) and Alsheim (Amil) in 1-29s; (400m) 32s. Both level. Falconaire (P. Alford) and Sapphire And Silk (Rutherford) in 1-27s; (400m) 29s. Both level.

1,000m: Queen�s Logic (C. Alford) in 1-13s; (400m) 28s. Fit. Harry The Horse (Connorton) in 1-11s; (400m) 27s. Amarante (Amil) in 1-17 2/5s; (400m) 28s. Fit.

800m: Remember Me (Rb) and Ghunghat (M. Reuben) in 58s; (400m) 29s. Both level. Magic Ring (Amjad) in 57s; (400m) 29s. Storm Trooper (Amjad) in 55s; (400m) 28s. Handy. Constantine (Amjad) in 56s; (400m) 27s. Moved well. No Regrets (Rb) and Staffordshire (M. Reuben) in 57s; (400m) 28s. Former 3 lengths better. Too Soon To Tell (M. Reuben) and Prizren (Rb) in 56s; (400m) 29s. Both level. Alterezza (Surender) in 58s; (400m) 29s.

Sand track

1,000m: Ispahan (Connorton) and Mam-eena (Rutherford) in 1-5s; (400m) 24s. Both level.

800m: Sadaff (A. Imran) in 55s; (400m) 24s. Speedy. Gambino (A. Imran) in 52s; (400m) 26s. Handy. Stately Don (Upadhya) and Little Too Much (Tamang) in 56s; (400m) 26s. Former better. Bold Apparel (A. Imran) in 53s; (400m) 26s. Coming up. Endless Surprise (Brij) in 54s; (400m) 26s. Fit. Double Bull (A. Imran) in 53s; (400m) 26s. Good. Tanganyika (Amjad) in 52s; (400m) 25s. Fit. Black Mane (Yacoob) in 54s; (400m) 27s. Sovereign Bullet (Rb) in 55s; (400m) 27s. Double Cross (Haroon) in 54s; (400m) 26s. Coming up. Arizona Star (Sher S.) and Neelanjana (Yacoob) in 53s; (400m) 27s. Both level. Heaven�s Blessing (Shanker) in 52s; (400m) 25s. Speedy. The Stud (Connorton) and Swash Buckler (Rb) in 54s; (400m) 26s. Both level. Chivalrous (K. Kumar) and Smokey Bear (Upadhya) in 54s; (400m) 26s. Both level. Rheinheart (Shanker) in 53s; (400m) 26s. Fit. Floral Path (Yasin) and Eau Savage (Shanker) in 52s; (400m) 25s. Former better. Diplomatic Gesture (Yasin) and Tequila Shot (Shanker) in 50s; (400m) 24s. Both speedy.

600m: Tsaynen Blue (Upadhya) in 40s; (400m) 26s. Pneumatic Power (K. Kumar) and Crimson King (Rb) in 45 3/5s; (400m) 29 3/5s. Both were level.


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