Vengsarkar may head panel
Port Trust beat BNR 2-0
No sponsor yet for Asian chess championship
Easy for PSCB on Day One
National Games put off, again
Haldipur delay
Calcutta Races/ Arendal looks cut above rivals
Pune Races/ �Star� for Bade Miya Trophy
Bangalore Races/ Ganapathy, Prakash champs

Calcutta, Aug. 3: 
Barring a dramatic change in equations, Chandu Borde is set to be replaced as the national selection committee chairman.

In fact, Borde may himself step down and be �accommodated� as a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) nominee on the International Cricket Council�s panel of Match Referees.

Currently, Hanumant Singh and Gundappa Vishwanath are India�s representatives on that panel.

According to well-placed sources of The Telegraph, the frontrunner to succeed West�s Borde, as of now, is another former India captain � Dilip Vengsarkar.

The composition of the selection committee is formally finalised during the AGM, in September.

If Vengsarkar does get nominated by West, it�s only logical he will be the next selection committee chairman. At the moment, Vengsarkar is Mumbai�s chief selector.

Borde, whose second innings as selector began in the 1999-2000 season, can (technically) continue for another two years, but the move to get somebody else is growing.

No selector stays beyond a maximum of four years in one innings.

Till recently, former coach Aunshuman Gaekwad was expected to succeed Borde. However, the damning doping-specific quotes attributed to him in a weekly seem to have considerably affected his chances.

Gaekwad, of course, has served a legal notice on the weekly, but the damage has been done. Indeed, that one interview � �wholly distorted� in Gaekwad�s opinion � has changed his image appreciably.

Still, Gaekwad isn�t without very influential backers.

One understands South, too, may have a new representative on the selection committee. There is, after all, a (Karnataka-inspired) push to replace Tamil Nadu�s T.A. Sekar.

Hailing from BCCI president Dr A.C. Muthiah�s home turf, Sekar could eventually get another year, but if he doesn�t, Syed Kirmani or Roger Binny stands a good chance of making it.

East�s Ashok Malhotra, North�s Madanlal and Central�s Sanjay Jagdale will continue. While Madan and Malhotra are completing three years, Jagdale is in his debut year.

Meanwhile, sources have confirmed that a BCCI move to get the captain and coach to merely brief the selectors (before a meeting) and not physically be present during the deliberations has been put on hold, not shelved.

That such a step is in the air, so to say, was reported in these columns on July 9.

The present captain, Sourav Ganguly, has already gone on record to say he won�t at all be comfortable with such an arrangement.

Clearly, if implemented, the move will be highly controversial, to say the least.

The feeling, apparently, is that Sourav is �dominating� the selection committee and that coach John Wright is also being �strongly influenced.�

What no one is saying � not surprising, mind you � is that the BCCI isn�t ever comfortable with a captain who almost always has his way.

No matter how we feel about it, the BCCI is perhaps most comfortable with a �weak� captain around.


Calcutta, Aug. 3: 
Sujit Dey�s brace helped Calcutta Port Trust (CPT) beat BNR 2-0 in today�s Super Division League action.

Port Trust now have 12 points from six matches. Mohun Bagan head the table with 15 points, Tollygunge Agragami have 13 and East Bengal 11 � all from five matches.

BNR�s tally is five from six games.

Dey put Port Trust ahead in the 25th minute when he heded in Sandip Ghosh�s corner from the right.

His second strike came in the closing minutes, Tarak Duta assisting him.

BNR, missing several players engaged in the inter-railway meet, struggled to put up a fight.

Port Trust dominated the match and continued their impressive run, which has seen them draw with East Bengal and Tollygunge Agragami.

Meanwhile, Calcutta Customs beat Kidderpore AC 1-0 in a first division group A match.

Gopal Ghosh was the scorer. In group B, Calcutta Police beat Police AC 1-0 and United Students beat Taltala DS 3-1.

Ancheri signs

Jo Paul Ancheri today signed for East Bengal. He is, however, yet to recover fully from a groin injury and may not start playing immedi- ately.


Calcutta, Aug. 3: 
The Asian Chess Championship for men, scheduled to get underway at Gorky Sadan on Thursday, still doesn�t have a sponsor.

The organisers, All India Chess Federation (AICF), are Rs 28 lakh short of the budget less than a week before the start of the tournament.

According to an AICF official, Rs 50 lakh is required for accommodation and other arrangements for nearly 120 players and officials.

About 80-90 of the guests need five-star hospitality, the official said. The central government has assured AICF of Rs five lakh and they expect Rs 15 lakh from the state government.

Doordarshan, he said, has struck a deal with AICF to telecast the event and Rs two lakh is expected from them. Even after that, the AICF needs Rs 28 lakh more.

Despite the financial crucnh, the AICF is determined to go ahead with the tournament.

Bengal athletics team

Bengal have named 20 women and four men in their squad for the inter-state athletics meet to be held in Ludhiana from September 20-24. The squad leaves on September 17.

THE SQUAD � WOMEN: Saraswati Dey, Shukla Biswas, Banani Biswas, Sabita Biswas, Pampa Chanda, Sumana Mondal, Jyotsna Roy, Manisha Mondal, Jebeswari Devi, Binutaj Khatoon, Mukti Saha, Soma Biswas, Rina Das, Aruna Devi, Debi Bose, Kalpana Das, Manisha Dey, Chaitali Paul, Y. Bala Devi, Tia Das.

MEN: Amit Saha, Sanjoy Rai, Arghya Majumdar, Sheikh Samsher.

COACHES: Sushanta Sinha, Sreerupa Banerjee.


Calcutta, Aug. 3: 
Petroleum Sports Control Board (PSCB) got off to a flying start in the inter-institution table tennis meet at Khudiram Anushilan Kendra today.

The favourites won both group league matches in the men�s section and their only match in the women�s without conceding a game.

Railways men also made a good start, winning both their matches in group B. The ladies� team got a walkover from Bharat Sanchar Nigam in group A.

PSCB first blanked organisers Ordnance Factory SCB with Shubhajit Saha, Soumyadeep Roy and Arjun Dutta posting easy wins. Later, they handed the same treatment to Indian Bank CCC.

Indian Bank CCC, with four players from Dena Bank and Kamlesh Mehta as coach, lost to Major Ports SCB 1-3.

PSCB women breezed past defence Accounts SCB in group B with Poulami Ghatak, Mouma Das and N.R. Indu posting convincing wins.

Runners-up Railways started with a 3-0 win over State Bank of Indore. Ranabir Das, Shubham Chowdhury and Bhushan Thakur all won without losing a game. They beat Steel Plant SB 3-0 later.


New Delhi, Aug. 3: 
The National Games has been postponed, again.

The National Games and Punjab make for a bad mix.

Once, in 1989, they were to be held there, but were consatntly postponed due to terrorist trouble in the region. Finally they were held in January 1994 in Pune. This year Punjab was to stage the National Games in five cities, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala, Chandigarh and Anandpur Saheb, from September 16 to 29. A financial crunch is now likely to see one more postponement.

In a meeting with sports ministry officials, the alternative dates mooted are the second fortnight of November or early December, but this also seems unlikely.

The organisers of the National Games are expecting a grant of Rs 4 crore from the Union government, for importing equipment and a further undisclosed amount for the conduct of the Games. At present the Centre is unwilling to fork out the money because of its massive fiancial commitment for the inaugural Afro-Asian Games in November.


Calcutta, Aug. 3: 
Nikhil Haldipur will not join the Bengal probables� practice till at least before the last week of this month.

The left-handed opener, now in England, has informed CAB that he is undergoing treatment for a back injury and so will be delayed.

The camp, under new coach Karsan Ghavri�s guidance, is in progress at the Pankaj Gupta indoor hall.

The coach said the forthcoming Buchi Babu meet in Chennai and the Moin-ud-Dowlah meet in Hyderabad will help him carry out certain experiments.


Calcutta, Aug. 3: 
The cancellation of the August 1 race-fixture has helped improve tomorrow�s fields. The average of seven runners per race in as many events framed for the afternoon, therefore, give some respectability that had been missing since the start of the season a month ago.

The feature event, the 1,800m Portofino Cup, however, lacks the punch. There are only four horses in the line-up and the Vijay Singh-trainee Arendal looks cut above his rivals in the hands of jockey Cristopher Alford.

The Whiplash Cup over 1,000m may, however, see a straight contest between stable-mates Regency Times and Secret Adversary from Daniel David�s yard. The two horses are not only youngest in the field of seven, the three-year-olds are also assigned favourable light weight.

Race card and selections

1. Maltese Prince Handicap 1,400m (Cl V, 3-y-o only; Rt. 00-28) 1 pm: Alvernia 60 C. Alford 5; Calculate 59 A. P. Singh 3; Rescue Act 58.5 Rabani 2; Aventura 56.5 Islam 6; Maltayar 55 Gowli 4; Grecian Prince 53.5 Kujur 1.
1. Rescue Act (3). 2. Alvernia (1) 3. Calculate (2)
2. Portofino Cup, 1,800m (Cl I, Rt. 88 & over, lower class eligible, Rt. 66-94) 1.30 pm: Treasurer 60 A. P. Singh 1; Arendal 58 C. Alford 2; Illustrious Reign 55 Dalpat 3; Prince Obolensky 47 F. Khan 4.
1. Arendal (2) 2. Prince Obolensky (4)
3. Clamp Handicap 1,400m (Cl V, 5-y-o & over, Rt 00-28) 2.10 pm: Iron Warrior 61 Dalpat 4; Nearco Prince 61 Islam 2; Glass Slipper 59 Gowli 3; Royal Ruler 57.5 P. Alford 7; Double Dancer 55 Som 5; Special Sovereign 55 P. Kumar 8; Stella Blue 51.5 C. Alford 1; Ghunghat 47 Yasin 6.
1. Royal Ruler (4) 2. Iron Warrior (1) 3. Stella Blue (7)
4. Diesel Handicap, 1,200m (Cl V, Rt 00-28) 2.40 pm: Tsaynen Blue 60 Gowli 7; Crest Star 59 Yasin 5; Don Vittorio 57.5 Haroon 1; Cancun 57 Salam 6; Keep The Faith 53.5 Som 3; Alumnus 52 C. Alford 4; Maid To Measure 52 Kujur 2.
1. Alumnus (6) 2. Crest Star (2) 3. Tsaynen Blue (1)
5. Not Much Handicap, 1,200m (Cl IV, 5-y-o & over, Rt 22-50) 3.15 pm: Santa Monica 61 Dalpat 8; Red Trident 60.5 P. Alford 6; Raaz 59.5 Gowli 7; Tajik 57 Rutherford 2; Storm Centre 54.5 Upadhya 1; Diplomatic Gesture 53 Haroon 4; Stately Honour 51 Gajinder 3; Floral Path 48.5 Islam 5.
1. Tajik (4) 2. Raaz (3) 3. Storm Centre (5)
6. Whiplash Handicap, 1,000m (Cl IV, Rt. 22-50) 3.50 pm: Ardon 60 B. Gurang 1; Bold Apparel 56 Saran 2; The Stud 55.5 Upadya 6; Wandering Warrior 55.5 C. Alford 4; Software 51 Islam 7; Regency Times 50.5 Yasin 3; Secret Adversary 50.5 P. Kumar 5.
1. Regency Times (6) 2. Secret Adversary (7) 3. Software (5)
7. Aureole Time Handicap, 1,200m (Cl III, 5-y-o & over, Rt 44-72) 4.25 pm: Quickdraw McGraw 61 Amjad 1; Splendid Star 59.5 Kujur 6; Crimson King 59 B. Gurang 7; Sky Command 58.5 Rutherford 2; Ace Of Spades 55 Saran 9; Aflicker 50.5 Rabani 5; Kargil Soldier 50.5 F. Khan 4; Little Too Much 50.5 P. Kumar 8; Double Bull 48.5 Yasin 3.
1. Sky Command (4) 2. Aflicker (6) 3. Kargil Soldier (7)
Day�s Best: Arendal
Double: Tajik & Sky Command

Pune, Aug. 3: 
A good second in her last start, Southern Star may win the Bade Miya Trophy at the Pune races on Saturday. C. Rajendra partners the Arti Doctor-trained four-year-old filly by Binkhaldoun out of Southern Girl.


1.45 pm: Zongrilla 1. Crown Dream 2. Supreme Authority 3.
2.15 pm: Laurels 1. Colonel�s Dream 2. Alustar 3.
2.45 pm: Radical Force 1. Amaron 2. Rewarding King 3.
3.15 pm: Speed of Light 1. Initiate 2. Blue Butterfly 3.
3.45 pm: Overtures 1. Emmanuel�s Pet 2. Eminent 3.
4.15 pm: Catch The Sun 1. Fly By Alibi 2. Mariazella 3.
4.45 pm: Southern Star 1. The Pelican 2. Amazing Dream 3.
5.15 pm: Miss Trump 1. Way Beyond 2. Pass The Buck 3.
5.45 pm: Running Star 1. Ocean Breeze 1. Pretty Boy Floyd 3.
Day�s Best: Radical Force
Double: Southern Star & Speed of Light

Bangalore, Aug. 3: 
The Padmanabhan-trained Great Investment won the Governor�s Cup in Bangalore on Friday, the concluding day of the season. However, the season�s honours were claimed by trainer S. Ganapathy and jockey B. Prakash who topped the championship table in their respective fields.


(With inter-state dividends)
1. Leading Bookmaker Cup, Div-II 1,600m: (5-1-6) Astrid (Harish) 1; Supreme Heights 2; South Cove 3. Won by: 3/4; 3; (1-49.5). Tote: Win Rs 41; Place: 20; 19; 11; Quinella: 220; Tanala: 787. Fav: Massive Attack (3).
2. Leading Tipster Cup, Div-II 1,400m: (3-11-7) Star Blitz (R. Marshall) 1; Seat of The Master 2; First Steps 3. Won by: 5-1/2; Hd; (1-36.8). Tote: Win Rs 102; Place: 21; 34; 84; Quinella: 1,167; Tanala: 9,315. Fav: Selena (1).
3. Champion Jockey Cup, Div-I 1,600m: (3-2-6) Furia Rossa (Shroff) 1; Ivory Wings 2; Royal Debut 3. Not run: Indian Rocket (5). Won by: 3/4; 3; (1-48.1). Tote: Win Rs 25; Place: 12; 23; 13; Quinella: 64; Tanala: 306. Fav: Furia Rossa (3).
4. Champion Trainer Cup, Div-II 1,200m: (7-9-3) Starjo (I. Chisty) 1; Roman Flame 2; Tina�s Tune 3. Won by: 5; 2-1/2; (1-21). Tote: Win Rs 32; Place: 15; 91; 21; Quinella: 956; Tanala: 8,051. Fav: Top The Star (1).
5. Leading Stud Cup 2,200m: (5-4-8) Appleby (Kader) 1; Ma Baker 2; Argolis 3. Won by: 5-1/2; 1; (2-20.5). Tote: Win Rs 81; Place: 19; 17; 27; Quinella: 152; Tanala: 2,528. Fav: Star of Gaiety (6).
6. Leading Owner Cup, Div-II 1,400m: (6-11-10) Jai Bharath (S. Ramesh) 1; Spectacular Style 2; Breaking News 3. Not run: Annodomini (5). Won by: 1-3/4; 7; (1-34.5). Tote: Win Rs 85; Place: 25; 25; 49; Quinella: 291; Tanala: 10,344. Fav: Sendawar (1).
7. Leading Bookmaker Cup, Div-I 1,600m: (4-5-8) Aerobatic (Prakash) 1; Anchor 2; Dover 3. Won by: 8-3/4; 3/4; (1-48.2). Tote: Win Rs 40; Place: 18; 58; 16; Quinella: 542; Tanala: 4,483. Fav: Salt Lake (3).
8. Leading Tipster Cup, Div-I 1,400m: (5-4-8) Airtel (Appu) 1; Indigenous 2; Alto 3. Won by: Nk; Dist; (1-33.7). Tote: Win Rs 31; Place: 15; 15; 34; Quinella: 81; Tanala: 639. Fav: Airtel (5).
9. Leading Owner Cup, Div-I 1,400m: (5-10-7) Earl Grey (Appu) 1; Belief 2; Carnival Craze 3. Won by: Nk; 2-1/4; (1-32.4). Tote: Win Rs 117; Place: 13; 72; 37; Quinella: 3,635; Tanala: 53,210. Fav: Dee Emm (9).
10. Champion Jockey Cup, Div-II 1,600m: (5-4-3) Crystal Delight (R. Marshall) 1; Adelante 2; Samanzar 3. Won by: SH; 6; (1-46.6). Tote: Win Rs 161; Place: 34; 22; 26; Quinella: 307; Tanala: 4,559. Fav: War Trumpet (7).
11. Governor�s Cup 2,400m: (2-1-8) Great Investment (M. Narredu) 1; Alameda 2; Aerobee 3. Won by: 3; 1/2; (2-40.5). Tote: Win Rs 140; Place: 28; 13; 26; Quinella: 80; Tanala: 2,645. Fav: Alameda (1).
12. Champion Trainer Cup, Div-I 1,200m: (2-3-8) Shoorveer (Amit) 1; Peace Desire 2; Decision Maker 3. Won by: 6; 1-1/4; (1-19.5). Tote: Win Rs 50; Place: 19; 40; 20; Quinella: 356; Tanala: 2,312. Fav: Count My Stride (1).
13. Leading Owner Cup, Div-III 1,400m: (11-7-8) Crown Witness (Prakash) 1; Saturn Star 2; Three To Count 3. Not run: Millennium Flame (2). Won by: 3-1/2; Hd; (1-32.6). Tote: Win Rs 65; Place: 25; 36; 21; Quinella: 440; Tanala: 3,872. Fav: Always Dancing (4).
Jackpot: (i) Rs 29,740 (C.o); (ii) Rs 1,94,860 (Carried over).
Treble: (i) Rs 1,648; (ii) Rs 11,953; (iii) Rs 10,369.

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