Unanimity on Pak chief from 2003
Four more state marks rewritten
Bengal U-21 champions
Court stops JCA elections
Md. Sporting fan dies
Bangalore Races/ �Liberator� may make amends
Bangalore Races/ Snow Dew wins

Calcutta, June 16: 
The International Cricket Council (ICC) will, on Tuesday, confirm that Malcolm Gray�s successor as president will be from Pakistan.

According to The Telegraph�s sources, the powers-that-be have already informally reached this decision. It�s been unanimous and reflects the handsome leverage Asia now enjoys within cricket�s governing body.

The formal announcement will actually be made after the Executive Board meeting and annual conference, in London, and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should straightaway declare that Ehsan Mani, a banker by profession, will be its nominee.

It is understood that the PCB has already conveyed to Gray, who steps down in 2003, that the mild-mannered Mani is its choice. The London-based Mani, at the moment, is head of the ICC�s powerful finance and marketing committee.

Outside cricket, Mani is on the board of the United Trust Bank.

In two years time, then, Mani will become the second Asian to head the ICC. The first, of course, was Jagmohan Dalmiya who held the post from 1997-2000.

Contacted in London, the generally Media-shy Mani declined to comment �at this point of time.� As he put it: �Please wait for the Executive Board to make the announcement and, then, the PCB... I�m not yet the president -elect.�

Once Mani assumes office, Australia�s �hold� on the ICC will cease. Besides Gray, the current chief executive (David Richards) as well as his successor (Malcolm Speed), are from that country.

The president has a three-year term.

Meanwhile, the Executive Board, which meets tomorrow and on Monday ahead of Tuesday�s annual conference, will also deliberate on the following:

Sir Paul Condon�s report on corruption.

The restructuring of the Umpires� and Match Referees� panel.

The safety of players and umpires.

The 2003 World Cup.

The appointment of a High Performance Manager within the development structure.

Kenya�s application for Test status.

Applications for Associate and Affiliate membership.

As decided by the Executive Board in February itself, the Match Referees� and Umpires� panel will now have a professional touch.

Towards that end, an �elite� panel of eight contracted Umpires will be appointed, besides a �select� panel of five full-time Referees.

The second-tier, so to say, will comprise 20 Umpires (two from each Test-playing nation) and ten Referees (one from each Test-playing country).

It is learnt that the �elite� panel will be chosen on merit only (as it should be), and �marks� awarded by the Test captains in assessing the umpire in question will be taken into account. One expects our very own Srinivas Venkatraghavan to figure in the �elite� panel.

Perhaps for the first time, the ICC intends to initiate regular �physical screening� to monitor the umpires� eyesight and hearing capabilities. Also on the cards is the appointment of a full-fledged Umpires� Manager.

Better late than never � and all very welcome.


Calcutta, June 16: 
Four new state records were set on the penultimate day of the age-group aquatic championships at the Calcutta Sports Association pool today.

Amrapali Das Gupta set a new mark in the girls 100m backstroke (group III) with a timing of 1:17.95. She erased Subarna Banerjee�s mark of 1:18.40, set in 1998.

Gouranga Mondal and Sudip Chatterjee improved on their previous records in the boys (group I) 100m breaststroke and 50m butterfly, respectively. While Gouranga clocked 1:12.33 (previous 1:13.25), Sudip recorded 27.74 (previous 27.86).

Samir Das (boys group II) set the other record in the 50m backstroke. He timed 30.24 to improve on his previous mark of 30.92.

While the swimming events ended today, the best swimmer can only be known Monday. The organisers should wake up with some professional approach to the meet.

RESULTS (winners only)

BOYS: Gr. I: 200m freestyle: Subrata Kolay (Hooghly, 2:17.59); 100m breaststroke: Gouranga Mondal (South 24 Parganas, 01:12.33, NSR); 100m backstroke: Akbar Ali Mir (Calcutta, 01:04.53); 50m butterfly: Sudip Chatterjee (Hooghly, 27.74, NSR); 400m IM: Subrata Kolay (Hooghly, 05:27.61); 50m freestyle: Akbar Ali Mir (Calcutta, 25.78); Diving � 1m springboard: Basudev Giri (CDSA, 357.25).

Gr. II: 100m breaststroke: Gairik Bardhan (Howrah, 01:16.17); 100m butterfly: Umapada Naskar (Bardhaman, 01:04.10); 400m IM: Biplab Dey (South 24 Parganas, 05:19.44); 50m backstroke: Samir Das (Midnapore, 30.24, NSR); 100m freestyle: Samir Das (01:00.86); 1m springboard: Md Juniad Alam (CDSA, 230.05).

Gr. III: 100m backstroke: Susamya Maity (South 24 Parganas, 01:16.45); 200m IM: Susamya Maity (South 24 Parganas, 02:44.47); 100m freestyle: Parab Das (South 24 Parganas, 01:08.76); 50m breaststroke: Atanu Porel (Howrah, 37.76); 50m butterfly: Suddha Majumder (Hooghly, 31.68); Diving � 3m springboard: Swaraj Nandy (CDSA, 153.60); 1m springboard: Swaraj Nandy (146.70).

Gr. IV: 50m butterfly: Prabir Dutta (South 24 Parganas, 33.82); Diving � 3m springboard: Ankit Dutta (CDSA, 135.25); 1m springboard: Ankit Dutta (120.60).

GIRLS: Gr. I: 200m backstroke: Namrata Palit (Hooghly, 3:01.39); 100m breaststroke: Puspa Banik (Calcutta, 01:28.59); 100m butterfly: Monika Mondal (South 24 Parganas, 01:14.42); 200m IM: Aparajit Pramanik (Calcutta, 02:51.12); 50m freestyle: Ashmita Guha Biswas (Calcutta, 31.69); 1m springboard: Mamoni Mondal (CDSA, 298.55).

Gr. II: 200m breaststroke: Somalina Roy (Calcutta, 03:11.11); 200m backstroke: Souminila Dey (Calcutta, 02:59.84); 200m IM: Swastika Dutta (Calcutta, 02:57.17); 50m butterfly: Debolina Rajak (Calcutta, 34.64); 100m freestyle: Ankana Sil (Calcutta, 01:11.72); 1m springboard: Saheli Roy (MSA, 205.10).

Gr. III: 100m backstroke: Amrapali Das Gupta (Calcutta, 01:17.95, NSR); 200m IM: Rashmi Sharma (Calcutta, 03:00.25); 100m butterfly: Mahua Biswas (Hooghly, 01:13.18); 50m freestyle: Amrapali Das Gupta (31.17); Diving � 3m springboard: Priyanka Dutta (CDSA, 167.15); 1m springboard: Mou Bhattacharjee (CDSA, 173.60).

Gr. IV: 100m freestyle: Tagari Baidya (South 24 Parganas, 01:17.35); 50m backstroke: Tagari Baidya (South 24 Parganas, 39.46); Diving � 3m springboard: Reema Pramanik (CDSA, 125.45); 1m springboard: Balana Kishori (MSA, 122.80).

WATERPOLO (final): Calcutta A bt Hooghly 9-6.


Calcutta, June 16: 
Bengal emerged champions with consummate ease, beating Goa by an odd goal in four in the final of national under-21 football tournament at Duliajan in Assam today.

According to information received here, Goa took the lead in 15 minutes. But Bengal stormed back to level the score on the cusp of half-time through Swarup Chatterjee. From the start of the second session, there was no looking back for Bengal as they created waves after waves of attacks into the rivals� defence.

Bengal went ahead in the 56 minute when stopper Sandipan Das ventured upfront and headed home a corner. The winners sealed the match when Shyambabu Rao made it 3-1 in 75 minutes.

Four-event check on swimmers

A swimmer can only participate in a maximum of four events in any national meet. This has been decided by the Swimming Federation of India (SFI). Ramanuj Mukherjee, SFI vice-president, today informed the decision has been taken to boost talent in the country. �It will help the swimmers to specialise,� said Mukherjee. The new rule will be implemented at the sub-junior and junior national meets in Goa from July 1.

Mukherjee also informed that following a High Court ruling, Bengal will have two teams � one from Bengal Amateur Swimming Association and the other from National Amateur Swimming Association � participating in the sub-junior and junior nationals.

Swimming expedition

Swimming coach Ratanmani Roy Chowdhury will take part in a long-distance expedition along the 26-km stretch of Gulf of Toroneos from Macedonia to Greece. The 46-year-old Agartala-based coach also plans to participate in the British long-distance meet in Cartmel and the international marathon in Trichonida, near Greece.

Entally HTC in final

Entally Hockey Training Centre will meet Behala SA in the final of the under-16 inter-coaching centre hockey tournament organised by the West Bengal Hockey Players Association. In the semi-finals today, Entally beat Khalsa HCC 3-0 while Behala SA got past Paikpara SC by a solitary goal.


Jamshedpur, June 16: 
The court of the munsif, P.K. Singh, today restrained the Jharkhand Cricket Association (JCA) from holding its proposed election slated for tomorrow.

The order comes in the wake of a suit filed by an annual member of the erstwhile Bihar Cricket Association, Zaki Ahmad.

In its order, the court says: �I am of the considered opinion that if any other institution such as the Jharkhand Cricket Association emerges on the map of the state, a wrong signal will go to the public, who love the sport and cricket particularly in the Jharkhand state.�


Calcutta, June 16: 
Kasem Ali, who was seriously injured during the gallery collapse at the Mohammedan Sporting ground in August 1998, passed away at his Metiabruz residence today.

He is survived by his mother, wife and two children.

Kasem, who suffered an injury in the spinal chord, was paralysed and bed ridden. A section of the gallery collapsed on that day, during a Mohammedan Sporting-Port Trust league match.


Bangalore, June 16: 
The two �Royals� � Gladiator and Liberator � look best of the 12 three-year-olds in the line-up for tomorrow�s Kingfisher Colts Trial Stakes. However, the last run of the Liberator is best ignored and the Arjun Mangalorkar-trainee may score in the hands of jockey Y. Srinath.


1.30 pm: Star Of The Crop 1. Crowned 2. Exciting Story 3.
2 pm: First Principle 1. Crown Witness 2. Carnival Crown 3.
2.30 pm: Startrix 1. Pettalumma 2. Arbello 3.
3 pm: Prowl 1. Rush 2. Flying Tribute 3.
3.30 pm: Kingston Heath 1. Atomic Fusion 2. Sendawar 3.
4 pm: Royal Liberator 1. Royal Gladiator 2. Star Chieftan 3.
4.30 pm: Senora Jade 1. Time of War 2. Semoran 3.
5 pm: Oath 1. Arikana 2. Refresher 3.
5.30 pm: Strides of Fire 1. Soviet Dance 2. Royal Contender 3.
Day�s Best: Prowl
Double: Kingston Heath & Strides of Fire

Bangalore, June 16: 
Ridden by Prakash, the Ganapathy-trainee Snow Dew won the Kingfisher Fillies Trial Stakes in Bangalore on Saturday.


(With inter-state dividends)
1. Mauritius Pearl Plate 1,200m: (4-2-8) Inxss (Gallagher) 1; Hayate 2; Love Unlimited 3. Won by: Nk; 4-1/4; (1-17.4). Tote: Win Rs 22; Place: 12; 14; 362; Quinella: 33; Tanala: 3,122. Fav: Inxss (4).
2. Red Divine Pate 1,100m: (9-7-8) Parisien Belle (Shakti) 1; Tal 2; Grand Illusion 3. Won by: 2-3/4; SH; (1-8.9). Tote: Win Rs 23; Place: 11; 28; 11; Quinella: 140; Tanala: 411. Fav: Grand Illusion (8).
3. Diablo Plate, Div-II 1,200m: (1-3-8) Red Angel (Appu) 1; Star Wings 2; Furia Rossa 3. Won by: 1-1/2; SH; (1-16). Tote: Win Rs 109; Place: 26; 12; 26; Quinella: 112; Tanala: 1,480. Fav: Star Wings (3).
4. Justice P. Medapa Memorial Cup, Div-II 1,200m: (9-2-4) Aprilia (Ruzaan) 1; Magic Stride 2; Rumpe-lstiltskin 3. Won by: 4-1/4; 2-1/2; (1-14.8). Tote: Win Rs 15; Place: 12; 23; 135; Quinella: 49; Tanala: 3,023. Fav: Aprilia (9).
5. Dharmaprakasha L. S. Venkaji Rao Memorial Cup 1,400m: (6-7-1) Arrakis (Rajesh) 1; Bank Balance 2; Scenic Star 3. Won by: 3/4; 1-1/2; (1-28.5). Tote: Win Rs 19; Place: 11; 18; 62; Quinella: 40; Tanala: 743. Fav: Arrakis (6).
6. Kingfisher Fillies Trial Stakes 1,600m: (7-1-3) Snow Dew (Pra-kash) 1; Hope And Faith 2; Ciel Fleuri 3.Won by: 7-1/2; 1/2; (1-39.7). Tote: Win Rs 14; Place: 11; 15; 16; Quinella: 28; Tanala: 78. Fav: Snow Dew (7).
7. Justice P. Medapa Memorial Cup, Div-I 1,200m: (3-5-4) Amber Dancer (Prakash) 1; Hero Worship 2; Brora 3. Won by: 2-1/2; 3/4; (1-15.4). Tote: Win Rs 22; Place: 14; 15; 18; Quinella: 51; Tanala: 221. Fav: Amber Dancer (3).
8. Ich Dien Plate 1,400m: (8-3-11) Squeeze (Appu) 1; Ivory Wings 2; Emerald Forest 3. Not run: Swift (10). Won by: 1/2; 1-1/4; (1-30.5). Tote: Win Rs 66; Place: 22; 21; 42; Quinella: 186; Tanala: 7,694. Fav: Auric (5).
9. Diablo Plate, Div-I 1,200m: (5-3-8) Ride With Pride (Shakti) 1; Star Liner 2; Kisunugntly 3. Not run: Chippo (10). Won by: Nk; Nk; (1-15.6). Tote: Win Rs 30; Place: 14; 48; 18; Quinella: 648; Tanala: 3,736. Fav: Ride With Pride (5). Jackpot: Rs 2,671; (C) Rs 137. Treble: (i) Rs 275; (ii) Rs 44; (iii) Rs 1,339.

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