Bhupathi takes India past China
Bagan draw, EB win
TTFI defers decision on Arup Basak
Bengal Ranji players’ gesture
Ritwick-Bikram final
East India golf
BCCI set to break tradition
Calcutta Races/ Highland Flame may land prize
Bangalore Races/ ‘Satin’ tipped

New Delhi, Dec. 22: 
Mahesh Bhupathi won his first singles match of the season and inspired India to a 2-1 triumph over China in the $90,000 Bharat Sanchar Asia Cup today.

Later, partnering Syed Fazaluddin he clinched the vital doubles rubber. The highest ranked Indian in the quartet, Harsh Mankad faltered again, losing in straight sets to Zhang Yu of China.

This loss to Zhang Yu, ranked 819 in the world, could cost India a place in the final. The hosts finished their league encounters with a 2-1 win-loss record and have won four matches.

South Korea, with a 2-0 record and a tie against Thailand, have won six matches and are assured of a place in the final. Thailand have beaten China but lost to India. They have a 1-1 record but have won three matches and can still foil India’s dreams.

Thailand need a victory in their last match against South Korea tomorrow to seal a berth in the final. With Korea likely to rest Yong-Il Yoon tomorrow, an upset cannot be ruled out. If India had won 3-0 today, Thailand would have struggled as they would then need a 3-0 win over South Korea in their last tie.

Bhupathi used his powerful double-fisted returns to unsettle his unranked Chinese opponent Wang Yu and notched up a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 win in an hour and 20 minutes. He broke Wang in the third and ninth games of the first set.

In the second set, Bhupathi’s lost his first service game but rallied to break back in the sixth and 10th games to emerge a comfortable winner. Bhupathi later felt that the lefthanded Wang was a tough opponent but struggled when under pressure and was also weak at the net.

An off-form Mankad was a surprise choice for the other singles match instead of the buoyant Syed Fazaluddin. Coach Ramesh Krishnan, however, justified the choice, saying that he wanted one of his players fresh for the doubles.

Mankad indulged in long rallies from the baseline but lacked the penetration and variety in his strokeplay to unsettle his Chinese opponent.

He lacked zip in his service and did not trouble his opponent. He double-faulted early and lost service in the second game.

Mankad lost his service five times in the match. Zhang Yu just kept the ball in play from the baseline and waited for his opponent to err.

A sympathetic Ramesh later said: “Harsh got into a rut and with his service not clicking was in trouble as he does not break service enough.”

Ramesh added that Harsh had the talent to play much better. However, others in the selection committee, like Shyam Minotra, are unimpressed and it is likely that Harsh will not be selected for the Davis Cup squad against China in February 2001.

In the doubles, Bhupathi was at his imperious best along with Fazal and made the Chinese duo of Yu Wang and Yu Zhang look mediocre.

The Indian pair won 6-3, 6-3 in just 52 minutes in the deciding doubles. Fazal was in good nick and volleyed and served sharply. He felt he had developed a good combination with Bhupathi.

In a dress rehearsal of tomorrow’s women’s final, China blanked Thailand 3-0 in an inconsequential league tie.


MEN: India bt China 2-1 (Mahesh Bhupathi bt Wang Yu 6-3, 6-4; Harsh Mankad lost to Zhang Yu 3-6, 2-6; Bhupathi and Fazaluddin bt Wang Yu and Zhang Yu 6-3, 6-3. WOMEN: China bt Thailand 3-0.


Calcutta, Dec. 22: 
Mohun Bagan survived a scare and East Bengal squeezed out a narrow victory in the CAB senior division league today.

Chasing Tapan Memorial’s 389, Mohun Bagan lost six quick wickets before Sanjiv Goel (116) and Utpal Chatterjee (52) came to their rescue and forced a draw. Mohun Bagan made 283 for eight.

Against Mohammedan Sporting, East Bengal lost eight wickets while chasing 234 but collected full points mainly due to the efforts of Goutam Shome (93) and Alokendu Lahiri (60).


Tapan Memorial 389. Mohun Bagan 283/8 (Sanjiv Goel 116, Utpal Chatterjee 52, George Pal 3/53, Sagarmoy Sen Sharma 3/71). Match drawn.

Mohammedan Sporting 234. East Bengal 239/8 (Goutam Shome 93, Alokendu Lahiri 60, Hemant Tiwari 5/66). East Bengal won by 2 wkts.

Suburban Club 399/6. Excelsiors 292/9 (Arindam Ganguly 88, Sandip Ganguly 3/53). Match drawn.

Sporting Union 407/5. Young Bengal 185 (Subhojit Banerjee 40, Prabir Mukherjee 5/74, Audrish Banerjee 3/32). Sporting Union won by 222 runs.

Eastern Railway 361/7. Kumartuli 238/6 (Gourav Kapoor 65, Rakesh Krishnan 53, Pronab Prasad 3/52). Match drawn.

Tollygunge Agragami 309. Town Club 246 (Narendra Singh Negi 54, Kushal Dey 42, Anup Das 6/84, Birendra Pratap Singh 3/38). Tollygunge won by 63 runs.

Ananda Bazar Patrika Sports Club 315. Shibpur Institute 284/9 (Samir Majhi 97, Shanta Bhattacharya 44, Indrajit Banerjee 4/83). Match drawn.

Netaji Subhas Institute 245/7. Rajasthan 245/7 (Nilasish Ghosh 107). Match drawn.


Calcutta, Dec. 22: 
The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) has deferred a decision on Arup Basak, charged with misconduct at a camp in SAI, Eastern Centre.

Basak was asked to show cause on allegations of indecent behaviour at the camp conducted by a North Korean coach. The TTFI was expected to announce its verdict this week.

“The TTFI executive council will meet in Delhi on January 2 and the decision should be announced without further delay,” said TTFI vice-president Prabir Mitra today.

Mitra is a member of the executive council along with three other vice-presidents, the president and the secretary.

Mitra, who had earlier said that a ban on Basak was imminent, refused to comment on the decision today.

The date of the executive council meeting, however, is significant, considering that the senior national championship begins in Cuttack on January 5.

Bhaskar in hospital

Former India goalkeeper Bhaskar Ganguly was admitted to the SSKM Hospital Monday following convulsions at home.

Hospital superintendent Dr D.D. Chatterjee described his condition today as “perfectly alright.”

Bhaskar, who kept goal for the Big Three with great distinction, is being treated at the neuro-medicine department under Dr T.N. Roy.

It was learnt that Ganguly collapsed in the bathroom last Friday which caused some cuts on his face. Dr Chatterjee said he has already undergone MRI and EEG tests and may require a CT Scan.

National School Games

The gymnastics events of the 46th National School Games will be held at Srirampur Kalyan Samity, Garia, from Sunday to Thursday.

Competitions for boys and girls will be held in three age groups — under-14, under-17 and under-19. About 500 students are expected to take part.

Police, SAI champions>

Police AC and SAI won the men’s and women’s titles, respectively, in the all-Bengal invitation handball meet which concluded in SAI recently. Police AC overcame SAI 13-10 while SAI women defeated Northern Sports 11-5.


Calcutta, Dec. 22: 
Bengal players will contribute Rs 1000 each to the Raja Mukherjee benefit fund from their fee in the Ranji match versus Bihar. The four-day tie, beginning at Eden January 3, has been declared the benefit match for the former Bengal batsman.

Under-22 squad

Dharmendra Singh has been retained as Bengal captain for the three-day zonal under-22 match against Tripura to be played in Agartala from Tuesday. Bengal have 24 points after four matches.

THE SQUAD: Dharmendra Singh (captain), Kunal Bajpayee, Abhijit Sikdar, Shiv Sagar Singh, Arindam Das, Ranabir Nath, Subhradip Ganguly, Sumit Mishra, Samad Akhtar, Abhijit Chatterjee, Dibyendu Chakraborty, Subhrodeep Mukherjee, Prasanta Sinha Roy, Aranyadeb Sarkar. Coach: Samar Chakraborty.

Vijay Merchant meet tie

Bengal bowled out Tripura for 146 and reached 28 without loss at stumps on Day I of the three-day Vijay Merchant Trophy (under-16) match at the Eden today. Electing to bat, Tripura openers Bappa Das and Biswajit Bhowmik put on 87. Debabrata Pal took four for 25.

b>BRIEF SCORES: Tripura 146 (Bappa Das 62, Biswajit Bhowmik 40, Debabrata Pal 4/25, Protiyoman Sanyal 3/29, Saujan Biswas 3/50). Bengal 28/0.

Cathedral Mission win

Cathedral Mission beat St Lawrence in the SLOBA-organised school meet today.

BRIEF SCORES: Cathedral Mission 245/6 in 25 ovs (K. Halder 99 n.o., Mohammed Salam 92). St Lawrence 66 in 15 ovs (K. Halder 2/3). Cathedral Mission won by 179 runs.


Calcutta, Dec. 22: 
Ritwick Bhattacharya will meet Bikram Oberoi in the Power East India squash final tomorrow.

In today’s semis at CRC, Bhattacharya beat Anuj Kalia 9-6, 5-9, 9-3, 9-1, while Oberoi won 6-9, 6-9, 9-0, 10-8, 9-5 against Navneet Narain,

Shakti Singh, who beat Abhinav Rampuria 9-1, 9-5, 9-1 in the boys’ under-19 semi-final, will meet Dhruv Dhawan in the final. Dhawan beat Divyakant Bengani 10-9, 9-4, 9-1. Dhawan also reached the under-17 final, where he faces Kabir Mansatta.

Pentangular meet

The Parsee Pentangular cricket tournament for the Jiji Irani Trophy begins at the Calcutta Parsee Club and University grounds tomorrow. Calcutta, Nagpur, Jamshedpur and Secundrabad will be seen in action on the opening day. Surat is the fifth team in fray, to be played on a league basis. The meet concludes Wednesday.


Calcutta, Dec. 22: 
City golfer Arjun Singh entered the quarter finals of the Goodricke East India amateur (matchplay) golf competition at the RCGC today.

He beat Amandeep Bath on the 19th hole. Local challenger Ranjit Singh lost to Vikram Rana Pratap.

OTHER RESULTS: Anitya Chand bt Sanjiv Singh 5-4; Siraj Kalra bt Joey Batth 4-3; Vikrant Chopra bt Parikshit Gandhi 4-3; Jaideep Patwardhan bt Pritam Saikia 5-3; Sanjiv Mehra bt Mehtab 7-6. Winners make it to the quarter finals.    

Calcutta, Dec. 22: 
The first steps towards bringing on board professionals to work with the honorary officials, in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), will be taken tomorrow.

It’s going to be one break with tradition, long overdue in any case, and should set in motion the revamp of cricket in India.

According to The Telegraph’s sources, BCCI president A.C. Muthiah will propose that the Core Group (not Committee, as reported earlier) give priority to appointing the first pros-ever on the administrative side.

The seven-member Group (plus special invitees) meets in Mumbai tomorrow and the appointments will be discussed when the agenda specific to “strengthening the Board’s HQ” is reached.

Backing Muthiah to the hilt will be at least one very influential Group member — Raj Singh ‘Reformist’ Dungarpur, the BCCI’s immediate past president.

Raj Singh has already gone on record calling upon “everyone” to support Muthiah’s push for “corporate governance.”

Appointment No.1 could be that of a general manager (administration, commercial) and the ones thereafter may be exclusive to international and domestic cricket.

To begin with, the first appointee could report to the treasurer, with the other two reporting to the secretary.

Perhaps, there may even be a director-in-charge of umpiring.

All this, of course, would be in keeping with the trend worldwide. Even Pakistan, for instance, has a general manager/director handling domestic and international cricket.

Once this beginning has been made, moves are likely to be initiated for appointing a Chief Executive. But, before that, the Chief Executive’s role will have to be clearly defined.

After all, as of now, no one is talking of doing away with the honorary officials — any plan central to their exit will, obviously, never be agreed to — and, so, who does what must be spelt out in black and white.

It’s still not clear, though, whether the BCCI’s constitution (actually, Memorandum and Rules and Regulations) will have to be amended to allow for the recruitment of professionals.

Also, it remains to be seen whether the BCCI’s example will be followed by its 30 affiliates (27 of whom field teams). At some point or the other, the affiliates too must turn pro if revamping is to have any meaning.

The Group will discuss other issues as well: For example, the “exchange of correspondence” between Muthiah and senior vice-president (also disciplinary committee member) Kamal Morarka and the showcause issued to former BCCI president Inderjit Singh Bindra.

On the Morarka-issue, Muthiah’s stand should be straight: Had the disciplinary committee delayed handing out of match-fixing/nexus with bookies related punishments, the BCCI, as a body, would have been found wanting in decision-making.

Where Bindra is concerned, Muthiah could be guided by the “general mood” or he may take the (strictly) follow-the-rules line.


Calcutta, Dec. 22: 
It may pay to follow the Deepak Khaitan-owned horses in tomorrow’s card. His favourites are well spread out in seven events framed for the afternoon. Annatto could be his best bet in the Commanche Cup. The Vijay Singh-trainee was very impressive in his victory over Astronomer. But in the feature event, the Army Cup, Khaitan’s Highland Flame is up against a formidable opposition which may run close to the Daniel David-trained Tecorno-Citiglow son. However, his, last outing run away winner, Ammeter, is set lift the Gen. A. S. Vaidya Memorial Cup. Further Calorescence in the Baby race may add to his tally of winners.

Read as: Horse number, last four runs, horse name, trainer, jockey, weight & draw:

1st Race at 12.45 pm.

Thunderbolt Handicap 1,200m (Cl V—Rated 00-28) — Indian jockeys only
1 - - 30 Finders Keepers [Asfand] Md Islam 61.0 6
2 ---- Arco Europa [Vijay] Surender S. 61.0 2
3 0000 Neelanjana [Mujeeb] Dalpat S. 60.5 4
4 3040 Friendly Knight [Jaiswal] Som S. 56.0 5
5 ---- Altruism [Mujeeb] Md Yacoob 56.0 1
6 4200 Magic Ring [Karki] P. Kujur 54.0 3
1. Friendly Knight (4) 2. Altruism (5) 3. Finders Keepers (1)
Friendly Knight: In race no. 21, those who finished ahead scored subsequently. Altruism: Beating Solo Act and Sky Command in trials. Finders Keepers: May Place.

2nd Race at 1.15 pm.

Hongkong Jockey Club Trophy 1,100m (Terms, 2-y-o only)
1 - - -0 Alamito [Bath] Md Amil 52.0 2
W ---- Anokato [Daniel] Not declared to start 52.0 --
3 - - -4 Sebastian [Bath] S. Rabani 52.0 3
4 - - -3 Ascoril [Vijay] S. Shanker 50.5 4
5 ---- Calorescence [Vijay] C. Alford 50.5 1
1. Calorescence (5) 2. Alamito (1) 3. Sebastian (3)
Calorescence: Working brilliantly. May make a winning debut. Alamito: Failed miserably as a-favourite in Kader’s hands. May do better. Sebastian: May place.

3rd Race at 1.55 pm.

Nikita Handicap 1,100m (Cl V, Rt. 18 and below) — Indian jockeys only
1 1303 Armila [P. Locke] D. Locke 60.0 3
2 - - 24 Alastar [Vijay] C. Alford 58.5 2
3 - - - 0 Slice Of Life [Bath] Md. Islam 55.5 4
4 0200 Prizren [Javed] M. Reuben 53.0 1
5 0324 Private Lives [Bath] S. Rabani 52.5 5
6 0000 Atacada [Bath] Md Amil 50.0 7
7 4400 Fibonacci [Stephens] Salim K. 49.0 6
1. Alastar (2) 2. PrivateLives (5) 3. Armila (1)
Alastar: Has not done anything of note in the past but capable of beating this lot. Private Lives: Looking very fit. May defy handicap. Armila: May upset.

4th Race at 2.25 pm.

Commanche Cup 1,600m (Cl II; Cl III eligible — Rt. 44-94)
1 - - 00 Colonial [Asfand] Khalander 60.0 7
2 - 221 Annatto [Vijay] C. Alford 57.0 3
3 3243 Kansai [Bath] N. Connorton 55.0 2
4 - 032 Double Bull [Daniel] A. Imran K. 53.0 1
5 3240 Solo Act [Mujeeb] S. Rabani 51.5 5
6 1322 Sterling Prospect [Vijay] A. P. Singh 51.0 6
7 - - 24 Beau Bruno [Daniel] S. Tamang 47.5 4
1. Annatto (2) 2. Sterling Prospect (6) 3. Kansai (3)
Annatto: Beat a good horse like Astronomer. Does not need to do anything special to beat this lot. Sterling Prospect: No hope against Annatto. Kansai: May place.

5th Race at 2.55 pm.

Army Cup 1,200m (Cl I — Rt. 88 and over)
1 - 003 Joe The Pro [Darashah] N. Connorton 60.0 2
2 0304 Mystic Hill [Vijay] Md Amil 57.0 3
3 - - 21 Stately Don [Daniel] A. Imran K. 53.5 4
4 - 112 Highland Flame [Daniel] C. Alford 51.5 1
1. Highland Flame (4) 2. Mystic Hill (2) 3. Joe The Pro (1)
Highland Flame: Lost in his last start to a good horse, Ministerian. May do better. Mystic Hill: Well in at the weights. May upset. Joe The Pro: May place.

6th Race at 3.35 pm.

Gen. A. S. Vaidya Memorial Cup 1,400m (Cl III— Rt. 44-72)
1 - - 01 Santa Monica [Daniel] N. Connorton 61.0 9
2 0030 Sky Command [Mujeeb] Haroon K. 57.0 11
3 1310 Analyzer [Daniel] A. P. Singh 56.5 8
4 0400 Aragrove [Daniel] Som S. 56.5 12
5 - - 44 Gambino [Daniel] R. Gowli 55.0 3
6 2400 High Life [Bath] S. Shanker 53.0 15
7 0200 Citadel [Bath] Md Islam 53.0 13
8 - - 00 Spanish Drum’s [Daniel] Saran S. 52.0 14
9 3400 Storm Centre [Rodrigures] G. Upadhya 52.0 7
10 4000 Gentle Priest[Bath] M. Reuben 52.0 6
11 - 331 Ammeter [D. Byramji] C. Alford 51.0 2
12 1221 Alborada [Daniel] A. Imran K. 51.0 1
13 0004 Stately Honour [Mujeeb] Md Yacoob 51.0 10
14 2223 Charlene [Bath] S. Rabani 51.0 4
15 3303 Bul Bul [P. Locke] Md Yasin 47.5 5
1. Ammeter (11) 2. High Life (6) 3. Gambino (5)
Ammeter: A transformed filly. May reproduce her good form. High Life: Beginning to show form in work outs. Gambino: May do better over the present trip

7th Race at 4.10 pm.

Harvest Star Handicap 1,200m (Cl IV—Rt. 22-50) — Indian jockeys only
1 3221 Stantillana [Daniel] A. Imran K. 61.0 6
2 ---- Googy Gangster [Rodrigues] N.Bird 61.0 10
3 - - 31 Splendid Star [Daniel] G. Upadhya 60.5 3
4 3332 Constantine [Karki] P. Kujur 59.5 13
5 - - -0 Stella Blue [Mujeeb] Haroon K. 55.5 12
6 - 000 Special Sovereign [Vijay] Surender S. 55.5 15
7 0000 Flying Scot [Javed] S. Salam 55.0 4
8 0040 All Jade [P. Locke] N. Engineer 55.0 2
9 0314 Double Dancer [Javed] M. Reuben 53.0 14
10 2303 Artifact [Vijay] A. P. Singh 52.5 5
11 ---- Adorer [Asfand] Khalander 52.0 16
12 0100 Ghunghat [Goenka] S. Nasruddin 52.0 7
13 - 000 Himalyan Prince [Mujeeb] Sher S. 51.0 1
14 3420 Atomist [Bath] Md Islam 51.0 11
15 - - 00 Alflora [Vijay] Md Amil 51.0 9
16 - - 01 Hoyo Hoyo [Mujeeb] Md Yasin 48.5 8
1. Santillana (1) 2. Artifact (10) 3. Alflora (15)
Santillana: Still in the present class after her six-length victory. May take some beating. Artifact: Working well but an unreliable customer. Alflora: May place.
Day’s Best: Annatto
Double: Calorescence & Ammeter

Bangalore, Dec. 22: 
The Arjun Mangalorkar-trained Royal Satin may win the Jog Cup, tomorrow’s main event.


2 pm: Pristine Beauty 1. Majestic Emperor 2. Nairn 3. 2.30 pm: Classic Invitee 1. Royal Satsuma 2. Formal Gold 3.
3 pm: Soldier Of Fortune 1. Top Socialite 2. Appleby 3. 3.30 pm: Tudor King 1. Just Do It 2. Winelight 3.
4 pm: Royal Satin 1. Alameda 2. Scenic Star 3. 4.30 pm: Star Liner 1. Screen Play 2. Machrie Bay 3. 5 pm: Sinister Minister 1. Brave Deed 2. Mr. Belvedere 3. 5.30 pm: Scenic 1. Rizer 2. Super Green 3.
Day’s Best: Royal Satin
Double: Tudor King & Scenic.


(With inter-state dividends)
1. Sivaganga Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (6-8-1) Silver Mist (Prakash) 1; Suha-sini 2; Starry Halo 3. Won by: 5-1/4; 1-1/4; (1-17.5). Tote: Win Rs 19; Place: 13; 13; 20; Quinella: 30; Tanala: 108. Fav: Silver Mist (6).
2. Kanchanaganga Plate 1,600m: (2-7-10) Water Baby (Ruzaan) 1; Splendid Ally 2; Silver Warakh 3. Won by: 1/2; 2-1/2; (1-44.1). Tote: Win Rs 48; Place: 18; 20; 30; Quinella: 54; Tanala: 393. Fav: Splendid Ally (7).
3. Gangavathi Cup 1,200m: (6-5-1) Hope And Faith (Marshall) 1; Blue Gardenia 2; Rainbow Flash 3. Won by: 1/2; 3-3/4; (1-16.6). Tote: Win Rs 262; Place: 25; 13; 11; Quinella: 495; Tanala: 3,615. Fav: Rainbow Flash (1).
4. Nelamangala Plate, Div-I 1,400m: (2-4-5) Silk Petals (S. Narredu) 1; Fly Past 2; National Star 3. Won by: 3/4; 1-1/4; (1-30.8). Tote: Win Rs 149; Place: 29; 31; 23; Quinella: 402; Tanala: 7,063. Fav: Whattagirl (6).
5. Narmada Cup 1,400m: (7-2-3) Great Aswaraaj (Shobhan) 1; Musky Bird 2; Brave Edge 3. Won by: 2-1/4; 3-1/4; (1-29.1). Tote: Win Rs 58; Place: 19; 15; 13; Quinella: 86; Tanala: 371. Fav: Brave Edge (3).
6. Sivaganga Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (6-2-9) Chantenay (Harish) 1; Red Quartz 2; Don King 3. Not run: Narvar (5). Won by: 2-3/4; 2-1/4; (1-16.9). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 11; 13; 28; Quinella: 29; Tanala: 309. Fav: Chantenay (6).
7. Tumkur Plate 1,400m: (3-7-2) Bold Chieftan (Hughes) 1; Almost Heaven 2; Concur 3. Won by: 1-1/2; 4-3/4; (1-28.7). Tote: Win Rs 15; Place: 11; 14; 20; Quinella: 28; Tanala: 113. Fav: Bold Chieftan (3).
8. Nelamangala Plate, Div-II 1,400m: (6-8-1) Ivory Wings (Prakash) 1; Ama-zing Choice 2; Three to Count 3. Won by: SH; 2-1/4; (1-30). Tote: Win Rs 45; Place: 17; 29; 17; Quinella: 316; Tanala: 3,088. Fav: Ivory Wings (6).
Jackpot: Rs 3,769; (C) Rs 519.
Treble: (i) Rs 24,669; (ii) Rs 88.    

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