Wessels in fray for coach’s job
CESC drop first point
Kalighat shock Bagan
St Joseph’s win by a run

Calcutta, April 25: 
Former South African captain Kepler Wessels is in the fray to succeed Javed Miandad as Pakistan’s coach.

Wessels’ CV, as also that of some less high-profile applicants, will be discussed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) advisory council Friday.

The meeting has been called by the PCB chairman, Lt General Tauqir Zia, and will be held at the Gaddafi in Lahore, where the PCB is headquartered.

Unchanged from December 1999, the council comprises Miandad, Rameez Raja, Waqar Hasan and Wasim Azhar.

“Yes, Wessels has applied but, really, we don’t want to rush things,” informed Rameez, when contacted by The Telegraph in Lahore this evening.

It’s an indication Pakistan may take to the ensuing tour of England (two Tests besides the tri-series, with Australia as the third team) without a full-time coach.

As Miandad quit just days before the recent triangular in Sharjah, the team didn’t have the benefit of a coach even there.

“Darryl Foster (of Australia) is definitely going as the bowlers-specific coach... That’s all we are sure of at the moment,” Rameez remarked.

Incidentally, Wessels (who began his international career as an Australian opener) isn’t the only South African in the running — in contention, too, is Richard Pybus.

Pybus has already had two stints with the Pakistan team: He was technical consultant during the 1999 World Cup and, then, full-time coach towards the end of that year.

That Pybus is keen on assignment No. 3 suggests his disillusionment wasn’t total during his last stint.

Rameez confirmed a top PCB choice was Barry Richards but, then, he isn’t willing to immediately put all other commitments on hold.

[According to a report from Colombo, the Sri Lankans are keen to have Richards on board, as batting consultant.]

“Miandad quit at the fag end of the season in these parts and the start of a fresh one elsewhere. And, so, most of the big names aren’t available at this point in time.

“Basically, then, we could even opt for a stop-gap (overall) coach now and actually review everyone’s position at a later date. Things are fluid,” confessed Rameez.

Of course, it’s ironical that Miandad, who has added to the PCB’s pressures, will have a say on his successor. Though he has been showcaused, he is still set to attend Friday’s meeting.

The Pakistan-England Tests will be played at Lord’s (May 17-21) and Old Trafford (May 31-June 4), while the high-voltage tri-series begins June 7.


Calcutta, April 25: 
CESC drew with SAI Training Centre today to drop their first point in the BHA first division group A league campaign.

East Bengal earned full points without having to sweat as their opponents Aryan didn’t show up.

Aryan had also not fielded a team in their last match against BSF South Bengal. It was learnt that non-payment to their outstation players (mostly from Lucknow) is the principle reason).

In another group A match, CCFC rode a Pritam Mistry brace to a 2-0 win over Calcutta Port trust.

In group B action, BSF North Bengal scored thrice in each half to rout Police AC 6-0. S. Karketta netted three goals, W. Baxla two and M. Kandulna one.

In a crucial third division placement match, Kalyangarh BM beat Kalyangarh HCC 2-1.

Ladies’ golf

The Gold Cup ladies’ golf tournament will be held at the Calcutta Ladies’ Golf Club Maidan course from Friday to Sunday, according to a club release. The tee-off will be at 6.30 am.    

Calcutta, April 25: 
Kalighat mastered Mohun Bagan in a low-scoring final to lift the CAB knockout championship trophy at Eden Gardens today.

Mohun Bagan’s 21-run defeat comes close on the heels of their shocking five-wicket loss to Wari in the CAB league championship play-off semi-final. Of course, they will get a chance to even scores with Kalighat when they meet again in the J.C. Mukherjee Trophy final Tuesday-Wednesday.

Utpal Chatterjee’s decision to field first on a pitch with a greenish tinge seemed to have paid off this morning as Kalighat were dismissed for 144. Mohun Bagan — despite losing Deep Dasgupta (4) cheaply — were cruising at 65 for one after 15 overs, with Devang Gandhi and Amitava Banerjee in command.

Then disaster struck. In the space of four runs spanning five overs, the star-studded team lost five wickets to slip to 69 for six.

Amitava (20) was caught-behind by Humza Firozie off new-ball bowler Sanjib Sanyal, who had earlier accounted for Dasgupta in an impressive opening spell. Left-arm spinner Murtaza Lodhgar then got into the act, scalping Devang (29) and Vishal Yadav.

Two run outs, both involving Utpal, were the proverbial last straws. Sanjib Goel failed to beat a Sabir Ali throw, while Laxmi Ratan Shukla found himself at Utpal’s end with his skipper refusing to budge from the crease.

Shukla loses cool

Utpal was more at fault, but that didn’t give Shukla the licence to misbehave. The allrounder, frustrated at having been dismissed for a duck, threw his bat away on the walk back to the pavilion.

Shukla, who had got away lightly for an on-field misconduct earlier this season, will be pulled up by the CAB this time. Based on the umpires’ (Aniruddha Banerjee and Susanta Pathak) report, Shukla will be asked to show cause for his behaviour today.

At 85 for seven, Mohun Bagan were dead and buried. Still, the never-see-die Utpal tried his best to garner the remaining 60 runs with the lower-order’s help. But Sabir Ali returned to the bowling crease to dismiss two tailenders with raw pace.

Utpal, who was last man out for a valiant 23, earlier took the bowling honours as well, finishing with four for 12 off 6.1 overs. Comfortably placed at 125 for four at one stage, Kalighat lost the last six wickets for 19 runs.

The Mohun Bagan skipper offered no excuses for the unexpected defeat. “There was nothing wrong with the pitch, we just batted abysmally,” Utpal said.

BRIEF SCORES: Kalighat 144 in 38.1 ovs (Manoj Roy 49, Charanjit Singh 38; Utpal Chatterjee 4/12, Ajit Singh 2/13, Vishal Yadav 2/22). Mohun Bagan 123 in 32 ovs (Devang Gandhi 29; Sanjib Sanyal 2/20, Murtaza Lodhgar 2/29, Shabir Ali 2/42). Kalighat won by 21 runs.


Calcutta, April 25: 
Shree Jain Vidyalaya were just one run short of the St Joseph’s College total when their overs ran out in the CAB under-19 inter-school meet today.


At FD Block: Hindu School 212 for 9 (40 overs) (Sourav Ghosh 43, Debashis Chatterjee 40). St Xavier’s 213 for 9 (40 overs) (Mazhar Haque 40 n.o., Ashar Hasan 39, Bikram Chatterjee 39; Parnab Roy 3/57). St Xavier’s won by 1 wkt.

At Cossipore: St Paul’s 360 (39.5 overs) (Tanoy Bag 187, Arpan Das 47, Souvik Pramanik 43; Kaushik Mitra 3/45, Souvik Mondal 3/64). Arabinda Institute of Education 124 (26 overs) (Rakesh De Sarkar 28; Arpan Das 5/32, Kaushik Das 3/30). St Paul’s won by 236 runs.

At Sodepur: Shyambazar AV School 237 (38.4 overs) (Abhijit Mukherjee 47, Arpan Hazra 33; Bhaskar Mondal 3/19, Atanu Chatterjee 3/35). Acharya Prafulla Chandra School 176 (34.1 overs) (Gautam Sarkar 49, Shubham Banerjee 43; Stabak Bhowmick 3/28). Shyambazar AV won by 61 runs.

At Tala Park: St Joseph’s College 246 for 8 (40 overs) (Jay Sampat 43 n.o., Raunak Biswas 38, Shreyas Srivastava 37; Ayush Gupta 4/44). Shree Jain Vidyalaya 245 for 5 (40 overs) (AnilShaw 94, Rishab Kuhar 80). St Joseph’s won by 1 run.

At Vivekananda Park (North): Kalidhan Institute 60 (16 overs) (Ananda Roy 11, Samik Bindu 11; Avirup Ganguly 7/16). Scottish Church Collegiate 64 for 5 (6 overs) (Krishnendu Dey 19; Avi Chatterjee 4/44). Scottish Church won by 5 wkts.

At Vivekananda Park (South): Calcutta Anglo Gujrati HS 136 (31.2 overs) (Pritul Boshmaya 38; Samudranil Sircar 5/31, Kunal Biswas 3/11). Ballygunge Govt HS 137 for 5 (25.2 overs) (Samdranil 39). Ballygunge Govt won by 5 wkts.

N.C. Kolay meet


At Rajasthan: Officer’s Choice CCC 142 for 8 (25 overs) (Joydeep Roy Chowdhury 58; Avik Ghosh 3/17). Calcutta CCC 143 for 0 (23.5 overs) (Pallab Ghosh 61, Soumen Roy 59). Calcutta CCC won by 10 wkts.

At Rajasthan: Chandranath (morning) CCC 175 (24.4 overs) (Hirak Dey 45, Ranjeet Naskar 35; Ankur Dutta 3/34, Dipanjan Mustafi 3/36). St Paul’s (morning) CCC 175 for 5 (25 overs). Match tie.

At Kalighat: P. Sen CCC 119 (25 overs) (Sayandeep Burman 28). Agragami Sangha, Siliguri 120 for 0 (11.2 overs) (Chanchal Sarkar 57 n.o., Koushik Guha 56 n.o.). Agragami won by 10 wkts.

U-16 schools’ meet


At Northern Park: Hartley’s HS 201 for 7 (25 overs) (Ayus Kapoor 99 n.o.). Assembly of God Church 203 for 6 (25 overs). AGC won by 4 wkts.

At Northern Park: Naktala HS 242 for 4 (25 overs). Tollygunge Ashok Nagar Vidyapith 156 for 6 (25 overs). Naktala won by 86 runs.

At Tarun Sangha: Julien Day 153 for 7 (25 overs). Md Jaan 154 for 3. Md Jaan won by 7 wkts.

At Tarun Sangha: Central Model 176 for 6 (Abhra Guha Thakurta 49). Jadavpur Bhagajatin 107. Central Model won by 69 runs.

At Kishore Bharati: B.D. Memorial 227 (Joy sarkar 57). Hare School 167. B.D. Memorial won by 60 runs.

At Kishore Bharati: Park English 81. Sir Nripendranath Institute 86 for 2 (Biplab Nath 41). Nripendranath won by 8 wkts.

P. Sen Trophy

East Bengal and CAB Blue meet on May 3 in the opening match of the local season-ending P. Sen Trophy cricket tournament. Mohun Bagan take on CAB President’s XI the next day.

The tournament brings together the top two teams of the three groups of the CAB league’s preliminary stage besides the two CAB teams.

The CAB teams were selected today, but they are not really the ‘best of the rest’ as many players were unavailable as they will be leaving for summer stints in Britain.


CAB PRESIDENT’S XI: Mainak Sengupta, Subhradeep Ganguly, Sanjib Sanyal, Jayram Orang, Sabir Ali, Sujay Parui, Gourav Sharma, Avijit Sikdar, Uday Srivastava, Prabir Mukherjee, Prosenjit Ganguly, Samir Majhi, Mrinmoy Majumder, Prabir Karmakar, Rajesh Chakraborty, Manbendra Yadav.

CAB BLUE: Anirban Chakraborty (captain), Siddhartha Lahiri, Ritesh Jaiwal, Abhisek Ghosh, Sourav Seal, Aranyadeb Sarkar, Kamal Hassan Mondal, Ayan Nandi, Biplab Singh, Dibyendu Chakraborty, Kunal Bajpai, Saujan Biswas, Kushal Dey, Samrat Guha, Fakhruddin Sazzad, Manoj Shaw.


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