Denial gets Miandad off hook, for now
Four more may be called up
India to play in the US
Eleven chosen from Bengal
Utpal, Vishal guide Bagan to semis
EB beat FCI 2-1
Calcutta Racing/ Daniel may retain edge on last day
Mumbai Racing/ L. A. Woman wins Charon Trophy

Calcutta, April 11: 
It�s only when Imran Khan was still around in the Pakistan dressing room that Javed Miandad�s tongue would be in check.

Things, therefore, had to change with Imran�s retirement � after the 1992 World Cup � and Miandad (recently sacked as coach) has landed himself in one controversy after another.

The latest concerns his startling statement last Saturday that Pakistan tanked the one-day series in New Zealand earlier this year, giving the hosts a 3-2 win. He was then coach.

Though not new to issuing denials, Miandad took more than 24 hours to disown his comment, that too on a TV channel. The retraction in the print Media took even longer.

In the interregnum, then, Miandad was either pressurised by the tough-talking Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Lt Gen. Tauqir Zia, or realised he may himself be the subject of an International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct Commission probe.

After all, according to the ICC�s latest (post Cronjegate) Code of Conduct, a copy of which is with The Telegraph, the Commission (headed by Lord Griffiths) could either straightaway begin investigations or direct the Sir Paul Condon-headed anti-corruption unit to probe Miandad�s statement.

The terms of reference of the Code of Conduct Commission includes the following: �(11.1) No Member shall admit or suffer any person to engage in any conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game (a Relevant Matter).

�Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, all matters set out in Appendix A hereto shall be considered to be a Relevant Matter.�

The preamble to Appendix A reads: �Whether, at any time after 1 July, 1993, any player of a Cricket Authority�s team participating in any Test match or one-day International match or representative cricket match or any umpire, referee, team official or administrator of any such Cricket Authority representing or, in any way related, to the Cricket Authority of any such Member country has engaged in any of the following conduct:

�..... (2) Is aware that any other player or individual has engaged in conduct, or received approaches, such as described in any sub-paragraph of paragraph (1)...�

The sub-paragraphs, of course, deal exhaustively with match-fixing.

Miandad, it would seem, has taken himself off the hook for now but the PCB has launched its own (very carefully worded) inquiry and nothing stops the ICC from getting into the picture.

While the series in question was margin-wise close, two of the three Pakistan defeats were huge: Six wickets with almost 20 overs remaining in Napier and 138 runs in Christchurch.

It�s only in the decider (Dunedin) that Pakistan lost pretty narrowly � New Zealand got past the 286 target in the 49th over.

On Saturday, Miandad alleged the matches �were pre-decided� and that the video footage would �unveil everything�. He even claimed his instructions �were not followed for certain reasons�.

Miandad�s denial notwithstanding, it won�t surprise if New Zealand�s last one-day series at home, in the 2000-2001 season, doesn�t again make headlines. For non-cricket reasons.


Calcutta, April 11: 
India may register four more players for their pre-World Cup campaign after Sunday�s match against Yemen in Bangalore.

Right now, they have 21 players and can register four more. Coach Sukhwinder Singh today said from Bangalore that reinforcements, if any, will be sought only after Sunday�s match.

India�s third match is against UAE, in the Arab country, on April 27.

India are unlikely to divert from the tactics employed against UAE and chances of changes in the starting XI are also slim. �We don�t need major changes at the moment as things worked well in the first match,� the coach said.

Sukhwinder said the only thing he knew about Yemen was that they beat Brunei 5-0 in Brunei and had no knowledge of what to expect of them. �A team winning by such a margin must be good,� he felt.

He tried to obtain video cassettes of the Yemen-Brunei match and failed. He is now looking for video footgae of the India-UAE match, but even that has not been available so far.

The coach justified his ploy to use I.M. Vijayan as substitute, saying the veteran�s replacements have to be discovered before he calls it quits.

�We have to groom somebody with Vijayan still around. That�s why we are trying out others and if they click, fine, otherwise we have to look for someone else.�

The coach informed that everybody, except Jo Paul Ancheri, were fit. The versatile FC Kochin player, used as defensive screen against the UAE before he limped off in the second half, has a right foot injury. This, Sukhwinder said, the player was carrying since he joined the camp late last month.

After the stunning win against the UAE in the first match, the team has been practising twice a day which will be curtailed to once a day tomorrow onwards.


Calcutta, April 11: 
Last year, India had drawn Sweden (in Sweden) for the Davis Cup World Group qualifying round. No wonder Ramesh Krishnan prayed for some luck when asked about his team�s prospects for this year�s crucial play-off tie after the Leander Paes-engineered 3-2 win over Japan Sunday in Tokyo.

Well, the Indians had anything but luck on their side at ITF�s draw ceremony conducted in London today. They drew 31-time champions United States for the September 21-23 tie. Worse still, the Indians won�t even have the home advantage.

Leander Paes, though, didn�t sound too displeased when contacted on his mobile in Mumbai. �We�ll have enough time to prepare, and the good thing is that we�d have played in the American circuit and the US Open just before the Davis Cup match,� he told The Telegraph this evening. �But I don�t want to predict the result, it will be a tough tie.�

Paes� optimism stems from the assumption that Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi may not play. The big guns kept themselves away from the February tie against Switzerland, and the US second string lost to Switzerland.


New Delhi, April 11: 
India have been seeded fourth in both the men�s and women�s sections of the 15th Commonwealth table tennis championships beginning here on Saturday and ending April 20.

The championships is being sponsored by the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) with Hero Honda as co-sponsors. Organising secretary Mool Chand Chowhan, who released the groupings today, said the team events would be played from Saturday to April 17. The men�s section has 17 participating countries, while the women�s has 16.

Eleven paddlers from Bengal have been included for the individual events � slated for April 18-20 � in both the men�s and women�s sections.

They are Arjun Dutta, Shivaji Dutta, Shubam Chowdhury, Ranbir Das and Arunav Ganguly for the men�s events and Mouma Das, Kasturi Chakraborty, Sushmita Roy, Avanti Sinha, Mousumi Pal and Sudhana Biswas for the women�s.

The format for the team event is on a league-cum-knockout basis, with the top teams from each group in the league stage making it to the last eight.

Reigning champions England are the top seeds in the men�s team event. Defending champions Singapore are top-seeded in the women�s event.

THE Groupings

(For team events)

MEN � Group A: England, Wales, Pakistan, Sri Lanka. Group B: Singapore, Canada, Mauritius, Cyprus. Group C: Nigeria, Scotland, Australia, Ghana. Group D: India, New Zealand, Malaysia, Northern Ireland, The Maldives.

WOMEN � Group A: Singapore, Australia, Sri Lanka, Scotland. Group B: Malaysia, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Mauritius. Group C: New Zealand, Wales, Pakistan, The Maldives. Group D: India, England, Canada, Ghana.


Calcutta, April 11: 
Left-arm spinners Utpal Chatterjee and Vishal Yadav used their bats to good effect to help Mohun Bagan clinch a three-wicket win against Barisha in a CAB senior division league quarter-final tie today.

Chasing 314, Mohun Bagan lost their seventh wicket at 242 but the veterans prevented further damage and took their team to semi-final.

Left-arm seamer Sujoy Parui took five for 83. The Bengal discard had to leave the field with a shoulder strain while bowling his 17th over and didn�t return.

Mohun Bagan will meet Kalighat in the semi-final.

BRIEF SCORES: Barisha 313. Mohun Bagan 314/7 (Amitava Banerjee 63, Devang Gandhi 78, Utpal Chatterjee 36 n.o., Vishal Yadav 39 n.o.; Sujoy Parui 5/83). Mohun Bagan won by 3 wkts.

2-run win for Railways

Bengal beat Jharkhand by 62 runs and Andhra Pradesh humbled Uttar Pradesh by 110 runs in the Indira Priyadarshini Champions Trophy for women today.

However, in the most exciting match of the day, Indian Railways pipped Air India by just two runs. Chasing 182 for a win, Air India managed 179 for eight in 50 overs.


At Eastern Railway Sports Complex: Indian Railways 181/7 in 50 ovs (Hemalata Kala 78, Deepa Kulkarni 33; Usha 2/17). Air India 179/8 in 50 ovs (Purnima Rao 41, Smita Harikrishnan 51; Rupanjali Shastri 3/40). Railways won by 2 runs.

At Vivekananda Park: Bengal 192 in 49.4 ovs (Beas Sarkar 31, Ananya Mitra 37 n.o.; Sanjeeta Parveen 4/17). Jharkhand 130 in 39.5 ovs (Monika Sumra 26, Niharika 26; Rituparna Roy 3/20, Beas Sarkar 2/11, Seema Bhowmick 2/32). Bengal won by 62 runs.

At White Border: Andhra Pradesh 232/7 in 40 ovs (Monica 58 n.o., Kusum Latha 46, Sudha Rani 34; Reena Singh 2/34, Tara Rawat 2/19). Uttar Pradesh 122 in 35 ovs (Monica 3/22, Anna Maria 2/19, Kusum Latha 2/20). Andhra Pradesh won by 110 runs.

Title for Simarjeet

India�s Simarjeet Singh won the 110th Sri Lanka Amateur Open golf meet which ended in Kandy Saturday, says a Staff reporter. According to information received here, India�s Keshav Mishra came second. In team event, India finished second behind Sri Lanka. Pakistan were third.    

Calcutta, April 11: 
East Bengal beat FCI 2-1 in a group A match of the BHA first division league today. Gregory Minz put East Bengal ahead in the 31st minute before S.C. Toppo made it 2-0 in the 54th. Gurdhyan Singh reduced the margin a minute before the end.

In a group B match, Hardeep Singh scored four goals to help Khalsa Blues demolish Chotanagpur RC 5-0.

Natl women�s soccer

The national women�s football meet will be held in Ludhiana from May 10-25. The national under-19 meet for boys begin in Thiruvananthapuram on May 25.

Affiliation for Alekhine

The All India Chess Federation (AICF) has granted affiliation to the city-based Alekhine Chess Club. According to a release by the club, the decision was taken in Delhi today. Following this, players can represent the Alekhine Chess Club in national-level tournaments conducted by the AICF.

State chess

Baisakhi Das, Suchanda Chatterjee, Paramita Ghosh and Rupa Sarkar were leading with two points each after Round II of the state women�s chess championship. Twenty players occupied the top spot in the junior boys� section after the second round.    

Calcutta, April 11: 
Trainer Daniel David has literally pushed his entire stable into the championship fight, tomorrow, the final day of the 27-day winter season. He enjoys a slender lead of one point over Vijay Singh, and with jockey Prakash Bhonsle to assist his favourites, the young schooler is expected to call the shots. Vijay, the reigning champion, has only a moderate challenge to offer in a card of seven events. Further, Vijay may have to build up a lead of atleast two point as Daniel�s seconds� strength of 41 is far too greater compared to Vijay�s 26 which may come handy in case it becomes a �tie� between the two champions.

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

1st Race at 1.25 p.m.

Polish Handicap 1,100m (Cl V, Rated 00-28) � Indian jockeys only
1 0303 Finders Keepers [Jaiswal] I. Chisty 60.5 7
2 2000 Eau Savage [Bathl] S. Shanker 60.0 6
3 0030 Consul�s Secret [Jaiswal] M. Reuben 59.0 1
4 0003 Double Dancer [Javed] F. A. Khan 59.0 9
5 - - 00 Lovely Duchess [R. Alfordl] P. Alford 59.0 4
6 1042 Armila [P. Locke] N. Engineer 58.5 10
7 0004 Flying Power [Karki] Amjad K. 57.0 5
8 0440 Stella Blue [Mujeeb] Rutherford A. 57.0 8
9 4040 Floral Path [Bath] A. P. Singh 56.5 3
10 0000 Neelanjana [Karki] Gajender S. 53.5 12
11 0000 Magic Ring [Karki] P. Kujur 47.0 2
12 0300 Arizona Star [Karki] Saran S. 47.0 11

1. Armila (6) 2. Eau Savage (2) 3. Finders Keepers (1)

Armila: Best over the trip and an in-form too. May win. Eau Savage: Has come considerably at the weights. May contest the issue. Finders Keepers: May upset.

2nd Race at 2.00 p.m.

Favorite Handicap 1,400m (Cl V, Rt. 00-28) � Indian jockeys only
1 0040 Pure Passion [R. Alford] P. Alford 61.0 8
2 0300 Ballard Lady [Daniel] S. Tamang 60.5 3
3 2100 Crest Star [Goenka] Amjad K. 60.0 13
4 0012 Nearco Prince [Bharath] Md. Islam 60.0 7
5 4030 Calculus [Asfand] Khalander 59.5 12
6 2000 Friendly Knight [Jaiswal] I. Chisty 59.0 6
7 0004 Special Sovereign [Mujeeb] Rutherford A. 58.0 2
8 - - -0 Animator [Mujeeb] Gajender S. 56.0 1
9 ---- Freedom Warrior [Vijay] C. Alford 56.0 11
10 4430 Jayaashva [Jaiswal] E. Smith 54.0 10
11 0400 Pistol Star [Bath] Haroon K. 50.5 9
12 0000 Ghunghat [Goenka] S. Nasruddin 49.0 4
13 4003 Fencai [Javed] M. Reuben 48.5 5

1. Crest Star (3) 2. Freedom Warrior (9) 3. Special Sovereign (7)

Crest Star: Has not been tested seriously since his last fluent victory. Freedom Warrior: Working well, that all about him. Special Sovereign: Upset, if any.

3rd Race at 2.40 p.m.

Platonic Handicap 1,200m (Cl IV, Rt. 22-50) �Indian jockeys only
1 4330 Constantine [Karki] Amjad K. 60.0 10
2 0004 Ardon [Daniel] B. Prakash 59.5 3
3 3033 On The Bit [Stephens] F. A. Khan 59.5 11
4 4241 Pneumatic Power [Daniel] B. Gurang 59.5 2
5 4300 Wandering Warrior [Asfand] C. Alford 58.5 8
6 0202 Storm Centre [Rodrigues] P. Kumar 58.0 9
7 - 000 Reactor [Bath] S. Shanker 55.5 7
8 1401 Software [Bath] Md. Islam 55.0 4
9 0110 Adeline [Daniel] A. P. Singh 52.5 5
10 0001 Stately Honour [Mujeeb] Gajender S. 52.51
11 3042 Global Harmony [Mujeeb] Rutherford A. 51.5 6

1. Ardon (2) 2. Software (8) 3. Wandering Warrior (5)

Ardon: A failed-favourite needed the forward run. Software: Going over her favourite trip after an easy 1,400m win. Wandering Warrior: May place.

4th Race at 3.15 p.m.

Magnanimous Cup, Div-I 1,400m (Cl III�Rt.44-72)
1 1233 Cup Of Life [Daniel] A. P. Singh 60.0 7
2 1430 Almond Rock [Daniel] B. Gurang 58.5 6
3 1243 Aracruz [Bharath] Md. Islam 58.0 12
4 0043 Santillana [Daniel] P. Kumar 57.0 13
5 0003 Solo Act [P. Locke] N. Engineer 56.5 3
6 0040 Double Bull [Daniel] Saran S. 55.0 11
7 0014 Crucible [Vijay] S. Shanker 54.5 15
8 0000 Kansai [Bharath] Rutherford A. 54.5 2
9 0410 Spanish Drum�s [Daniel] Khalander 54.5 4
10 0002 Alborada [Daniel] B. Prakash 53.5 8
11 0101 Magnifico [Vijay] C. Alford 53.5 14
12 2020 Cavala [Asfand] I. Chisty 52.5 10
13 3001 Bold Apparel [Daniel] S. Tamang 51.5 1
14 2342 Super Smile [Bharath] M. Reuben 51.0 9
15 0400 Raaz [Javed] Haroon K. 50.0 5

1. Alborada (10) 2. Magnifico (11) 3. Cup Of Life (1)

Alborada: Needs to be ridden hard and Prakash may provide the required assistance. Magnifico: Well in at the weights. May upset. Cup Of Life: May place.

5th Race at 3.50 p.m.

Magnanimous Cup, Div-II 1,400m (Cl III�Rt.44-72)
1 0200 Classic Pursuit [Bharath] A. P. Singh 60.0 12
2 0010 Ace Of Spades [Daniel] B. Gurang 59.0 2
3 3110 Master Bold [Vijay] S. Shanker 58.0 9
4 2210 Ashbury [Daniel] Surender S. 57.5 5
5 0000 Santa Monica [Daniel] M. Reubenv 56.5 4
6 0000 High Life [Jaiswal] E. Smith 56.0 10
7 0130 Mr. Bombshell [Daniel] N. Engineer 56.0 3
8 0001 Peace Envoy [Daniel] B. Prakash 55.5 6
9 0244 Andestine [Bharath] C. Alford 55.0 7
10 0002 Ballet Master [Daniel] S. Tamang 54.5 13
11 4210 Queen�s Logic [Bharath] Md. Islam 54.0 14
12 2100 Bird�s Empire [Daniel] S. Nasruddin 52.5 11
13 0312 Russian Czar [R. Alford] Rutherford A. 52.0 8
14 0000 Smokey Bear [Daniel] P. Kumar 51.5 1

1. Peace Envoy (8) 2. Andestine (9) 3. Russian Czar (13)

Peace Envoy: A fluent winner in last start. May strike again, though promoted. Andestine: Going over the right trip. May extend the best. Russian Czar: May place.

6th Race at 4.25 p.m.

Queen�s Court Cup 1,400m (Cl II �Rt. 66-94)
1 3000 Tanganyika [Karki] Amjad K. 60.0 16
2 0003 Prince Obolensky [Stephens] F. A Khan 59.0 4
3 1033 Alsheim [Vijay] S. Shanker 57.5 2
4 4300 Quickdraw McGraw [Karki] P. Kujur 56.5 12
5 0131 No Regrets [Javed] R. Gowli 56.0 8
6 3220 Aldebro [Vijay] A. P. Singh 55.5 11
7 3204 Best In Show [Daniel] B. Gurang 54.5 15
8 2313 Lovely Prospect [Daniell] G. Upadhya 53.5 10
9 1120 Splendid Star [Daniel] S. Tamang 53.0 5
10 0011 Crimson King [Daniel] Saran S. 52.5 9
11 2110 Endless Surprise [Daniel] Surender S. 52.5 14
W ---- Sovereign Bullet[Daniel] (Withdrawn) 52.5 --
13 0121 Alkido [Bharath] C. Alford 51.5 3
14 1130 Lockers Park [Bharath] M. Reuben 51.5 7
15 1200 Arctic Fancy [Daniel] Khalander 50.5 1
16 4100 Sadaf [Daniel] P. Kumar 50.0 6
17 2440 Added Asset [Daniel] B. Prakash 49.5 13

1. Added Asset (17) 2. Alsheim (3) 3. Quickdraw McGraw (4)

Added Asset: Literally going a bare-back. Posseses class to take all in his stride. Alsheim: Knocking at the door. May upset. Quickdraw McGraw: May place.

7th Race at 5.00 p.m.

Loch Cleveden Handicap 1,400m (Cl IV; 5-y-o & over �Rt. 22-50)
1 4000 Beau Bruno [Daniel] B. Gurang 60.5 5
2 0400 Just Kidding [R. Alford] P. Alford 59.0 1
3 4233 Diplomatic Gesture [Bath] Sher S. 58.0 13
4 4312 Scavenger�s Son [Daniel] S. Tamang 57.0 4
5 3302 Aflicker [Bharath] Md. Islam 56.0 7
6 - - -0 Athletico [Vijay] Surender S. 55.5 14
7 2000 Black Mane [Karki] P. Kujur 55.0 9
8 4000 Iron Warrior [Rodrigues] P. Kumar 53.5 11
9 0023 Flying Scot [Javed] R. Gowli 52.5 15
10 4010 Supreme Desire [Rodrigues] S. Nasruddin 52.5 8
11 0400 Aragrove [Daniel] M. Reuben 52.0 6
12 0003 Rheinheartv [Bath] S. Shanker 52.0 2
13 0020 Royal Ruler [R. Alford] Rutherford A. 51.0 10
14 1003 Blessed Spirit [Daniel] B. Prakash 50.5 3
15 0000 Tequila Shot [Bath] Haroon K. 49.5 12

1. Rheinheart(12) 2. Flying Scot (9)3. Blessed Spirit (14)

Rheinheart: A good third in last start. May win. Flying Scot: Well in at the weights. May contest the issue. Blessed Spirit: Upset, if any.

Day�s Best: Peace Envoy

Double: Ardon & Added Asset

Mumbai, April 11: 
Trained by S. Kolse, L. A. Woman claimed the 1,600m Charon Trophy at the Mumbai races held on Wednesday. C. Rajendra partnered the four-year-old filly by Twist And Turn out of Kentucky Missy filly to victory.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Upwards Plate 1,600m: (1-2-3) Dressed For Dinner (Johnson) 1; Adam�s Delight 2; Queen�s Wisdom 3. Won by: Hd; 4; (1-41.6). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 19; 18; Quinella: 33; Tanala: 90. Fav: Dressed For Dinner (1).

2. Priorated Plate 1,400m: (1-4-6) Al Humair (Rajendra) 1; Taipan 2; Simply Stunning 3. Not run: Chiliandrina (5). Won by: 1-1/2; 4-3/4; (1-26). Tote: Win Rs 27; Place: 11; 10; 13; Quinella: 20; Tanala: 76. Fav: Taipan (4).

3. Orange Lily Plate 1,100m: (4-3-2) Blazing Flame (Prakash) 1; Champion Reef 2; Dendrobium 3. Won by: 1-3/4; 4-1/4; (1-6.7). Tote: Win Rs 21; Place: 13; 13; 13; Quinella: 60; Tanala: 145. Fav: Blazing Flame (4).

4. Charon Trophy 1,600m: (3-5-8) L. A. Woman (Rajendra) 1; Rapallo 2; Cruel Interntion 3. Won by: 3/4; 2; (1-39.2). Tote: Win Rs 29; Place: 14; 16; 24; Quinella: 54; Tanala: 373. Fav: Rapallo (5).

5. Monkshood Plate 1,400m: (12-10-3) Bachelor (Prakash) 1; Omerta 2; Super Cop 3. Won by: 8-1/2; 1-1/4; (1-26.6). Tote: Win Rs 24; Place: 14; 31; 88; Quinella: 119; Tanala: 6,929. Fav: Bachelor (12).

6. Roman Dancer Plate 1,100m: (8-3-7) Killarney (M. Narredu) 1; Star Alone 2; Inspire 3. Not run: Connoisseur (6). Won by: 3-1/4; 2-1/4; (1-7). Tote: Win Rs 78; Place: 23; 32; 14; Quinella: 292; Tanala: 1,929. Fav: Inspire (7).

7. Satin Red Plate 1,200m: (5-11-10) Loyal Rebel (Prakash) 1; Soliel 2; Rustling Leaves 3. Won by: 2; 1-1/4; (1-14.7). Tote: Win Rs 48; Place: 20; 18; 40; Quinella: 119; Tanala: 2,093. Fav: Maximus (7).

Jackpot: Rs 3,777; (C) Rs 268.

Treble: (i) Rs 162; (ii) Rs 1,002.

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