One man�s views can�t force a crisis on me: Sourav
Another upset by Debayan
Palmeiras arrive today
Deep Dasgupta leads field
League Derby post-Shield
Pune Racing / Supreme Statesman fancied
Mysore Racing/ Easy in for Ansbach
Calcutta Racing/ Bountiful Gesture, Alsheim shine

Calcutta, Sept. 20: 
Exactly a fortnight after being retained captain, Sourav Ganguly today went beyond just saying �I was confident of keeping the job.�

Speaking to The Telegraph, though, Sourav dismissed a suggestion he has emerged from a crisis-period (as captain) and that recent events would surely add to the pressures in South Africa.

�People are entitled to their opinion, but the views of one gentleman (former Board president Raj Singh Dungarpur) can�t ever force a crisis on an Indian captain�

�I�m amazed � even disappointed � that some in the Media don�t think twice about publishing outrageous comments. Freedom of speech is fine, but there must be limits,� Sourav remarked, mincing nothing.

Raj Singh, it may be recalled, led a one-man campaign (shockingly, while India were in Sri Lanka) to have Sourav sacked as captain. It was futile.

Relaxing at his Behala residence after a morning workout, Sourav added: �Look, the selectors have given me a job and, as in the past, I�m going to give it my best shot. I haven�t ever walked off the field burdened with the thought I didn�t give off my best. Won�t ever happen in the future either.

� Some people, I suppose, will always have something to say about the captain. However, statistics aren�t irrelevant, and if a captain with an almost 60 per cent success rate (in Tests, over ten months) isn�t fit to be retained, then only somebody very exceptional will have to be hunted��

Sourav, of course, accepts a captain should lead from the front.

� Though I didn�t get runs in our last engagement, the Colombo Test, I still think that unbeaten 98 in Kandy (after 13 sub-50 Test innings) ended the lean phase.

�In any case, the lack of runs wasn�t because of a lack of effort. I�ve consistently been working hard and, even now, I�ve been training though I had that troublesome muscle strain three weeks ago.�

Sourav said he would continue to be positive and lead by instinct.

�It�s not that there�s a set formula for a captain, but I won�t compromise on being positive. Moreover, I don�t see why I should give my instincts the back-seat.

�One does keep learning, even when captain, and I�m definitely not the type who isn�t open to ideas. Nor am I unwilling to adapt. In other words, if I�ve got to change, I will � when the moment comes, that is��

Sourav leaves for Mumbai Saturday morning, for the Board-conducted fitness tests ahead of the team�s departure (by a South African Airways flight to Johannesburg) early Monday.

For Sourav, it will be his second tour of South Africa � the first being in 1996-97, under Sachin Tendulkar.


Calcutta, Sept. 20: 
Debayan Majumder of St James School made short work of yet another seeded player in the fifth round of The Telegraph Schools� chess championship at Alekhine Chess Club today.

Playing with white pieces against third seed Ayan Lahiri of Laban Hrad Vidyapith, he effectively utilised his two Rooks and Knights to create a mating net to garner the full point. Yesterday, Debayan had upset the fifth seed, Rohan Vijay Shandilya of DBMS Career Academy, Jamshedpur.

After the completion of the fifth round, three players jointly share the lead with 5 points apiece.

Second seed, Somak Palit of Mitra Institution was handed the game on a platter by Joydeep Dutta as the latter blundered his knight on the 16th move in a Vienna opening. Thereafter Somak had little difficulty as his extra material proved decisive.

Top seed Saptarshi Roy, of Kumar Ashutosh Institution (Main), drew yet another game, this time held by Pritam Banerjee of Elias Meyer School in a Rook and pawn versus Rook and pawn endgame.

Fourth seed Abhishek Das of Bharat Sevashhram School, Jamshedpur was fortunate to win a drawn Rook and pawn endgame against Supriya Maji of BAPLSB Vidyapith, in a centre counter opening.

Seventh seed Tanmoy Pattanayak of Mitra Institution (Main) won a pawn in a closed Sicilian defence against Karamtej Singh of St Patrick High School after which the win a was a matter of technique for Tanmoy.

Shandilya today prevailed over Souparno Ghosh of Don Bosco in a French defence. Souparno sacrificed a piece in the middle game but had little compensation for his material deficit. Shandilya methodically exchanged off the pieces after which he had no difficulty winning.

Debaditta Sinha Biswas of Salt Lake Point School beat Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar of Hazrat Shah Ali Model High School in 35 moves in a centre counter opening.

Mary Ann Gomes of Loreto Day School, Sealdah outplayed Bharat B. Mohanty in a Dutch defence in 50 moves.

Bhubaneswar leg champion Nishikant Mishra and qualifier Abhisikta Pattnaik won their matches, but both had to work hard. Mishra (4) beat Sanjoy Banerjee (3), while Pattnaik (4.5) overcame Anirudha Menon (3.5).


Somak Palit (5) bt Joydeep Dutta(4); Debayan Majumder (5) bt Ayan Lahiri (4); Abhishek Das (5) bt Supriya Maji (4); Samput Mallick (4.5) drew Ritam Bhaumik (4.5); Pritam Banerjee (4) drew Saptarshi Roy (4); Karamtej Singh (3.5) lost to Tanmoy Pattanayak (4.5); Minhazuddin A. Sagar (3.5) lost to Debaditta S Biswas (4.5); Abhisikta Pattnaik (4.5) bt Anirudha Menon (3.5); Souparna Ghosh (3) lost to Rohan V Shandilya (3); Varun Jain (3) lost to Soumya Thakurta (4); Nishikant Mishra (4) bt Sanjoy Banerjee (3); Abhijit Kar (3) lost to Sankar Majumder (4); Bharat B Mohanty (3) lost to Mary Ann Gomes (4); Samantak Bhadra (3) lost to Suman Basu (4); Sayan Sarkar (3.5) drew Sandipan Chatterjee (3.5); Payel Guha (3) lost to N Sashank Singh (4); Amritesh Ray (3) lost to Sourav Bose (4); Arpan Sarkar (Sr) (3.5) drew Sumit Shaw (3.5); Kunal Somaiya (3.5) drew Prabuddha Ghosh (3.5); Arijit Sinha(3) lost to Abinash Das (4); Chandra S Mishra(3) lost to Hasib R K Sagar(4); Subhabrata Das(3) lost to Saurav Chakraborti(4); Sk Shahid Ahmed (4) bt Souvick Barick(3); Souma Talukdar(3) lost to Priya Ratnam (4); Swagatam Sengupta(4) bt Parag Hanni (3); Nandan Buragohain (3) Sharmin S Shirin (3); Syed Wasim Akram(3) lost to Vikash Kumar Tiwary(4); Chiranjit Saha(3.5) drew Shamima A Liza (3.5); C Vijay Gopal (3) lost to Arijit Ghosh (4); Bipradeep Baidya (3) lost to Jibanand Singh(4).


Calcutta, Sept. 20: 
The 107th IFA Shield, starting Monday, will earn its Samba flavour in the form of Palmeiras tomorrow when the Brazilians � unlikely to bring their first XI players �arrive.

Vietnam�s Nam Dinh and Muktijoddha of Bangladesh are the other foreign participants. These teams are also expected tomorrow. Vietnam are 102nd in Fifa ranking, compared to India�s 120 and according to IFA officials Nam Dinh came second in the semi-professional �V� League last season.

Twelve teams are taking part in this edition of the meet and they have been divided into four groups. Two from each qualify for the quarter finals. The final is slated for October 7.

Palmeiras are the seeded team in group D. Accompanying them in the group are Tata Football Academy (TFA) and Bhratri Sangha. East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Nam Dinh are the other seeded teams and have been put in different groups.

East Bengal have been joined by Tollygunge Agragami and Mohammedan Sporting in group A, while Mohun Bagan are in group B with FC Kochin and cluster qualifiers Ever-Ready. Nam Dinh, Muktijoddha and an Indian under-19 team are in group C.

The under-19 team, coached by Uzbekistan�s Islam Akhmedov, is without its players employed with clubs taking part and also the boys from TFA. Still, said the coach, it will be a big tournament for the youngsters.

The meet is being organised in collaboration with the Dr Shyamaprasad Mukherjee Smarak Samity and Birth Centenary Celebration Committee.

This committee, chaired by Union minister of state for telecommunication Tapan Sikdar, is bearing the expenses of Palmeiras.

Group league matches will be held at five grounds � Salt Lake Stadium, Kishore Bharati Stadium, Howrah Municipal Stadium, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. The action is likely to shift to Salt Lake quarter final onwards.

The winners will be richer by Rs 6 lakh with second-placed team getting half the amount. The losing semi-finalists will get Rs 75,000. The teams will also get Rs 20,000 for winning each match.

There will be no live telecast, though Star Sports will beam recorded capsules in October.

State government booty

State sports minister Subhas Chakraborty was also present at today�s press briefing and announced cash awards of Rs 2.5 lakh each for Tollygunge Agragami and Mohammedan Sporting. He also promised Rs 5 lakh to Mohun Bagan and said the clubs were awarded since the state government had presented Rs 5 lakh to East Bengal for winning the National League.


Calcutta, Sept. 20: 
Deep Dasgupta led the field with an average score of 132.25 points followed by Shurajit Pradhan (119) on the opening day of the ColorPlus national bowling championship at the Nicco Super Bowl today.

In the ladies category, Minakshi Pandit was in the lead with 88.75. Ritu Madhok was placed second on 81.

Earlier, former India wicket-keeper Syed Saba Karim inaugurated the meet.

The championship is a 40-day national event which is divided into three phases � qualifiers, challenger and final.

The top 32 participants from the first leg will qualify for the challenger, which begins Wednesday.

The top four qualifiers of the challenger round will make it to the finals in Mumbai from October 10 to 14.

The men�s and women�s winners in the finals qualifies to represent the country in the World Cup in Pattaya from November 4.

Swimming meet

Rotary Club of North Calcutta in association with ONGC will organise Rotaswim, a swimming meet for the physically handicapped children � both visually and mentally challenged � at Central Swimming Club, Hedua on Saturday.

Junior soccer

Dutta Coaching Centre and Ireland Club won the under-14 and under-15 titles, respectively, in the Sodepur Senhati organised junior football meet recently.

In the under-14 final, Dutta CC scraped past Little Star by the spin of the coin after the tie ended 1-1.

Ireland Club drubbed Little Star 6-0 in the under-15 final.


Calcutta, Sept. 20: 
The IFA has no idea of when the Mohun Bagan-East Bengal Super Division Derby match can be scheduled.

The Salt Lake Stadium clash, originally scheduled for tomorrow, was cancelled following a directive from the police that enough security personnel could not be deployed because of the Vengaboys show the same evening.

The IFA today conceded the match won�t take place before the completion of the IFA Shield. The Shield final is slated for October 7.

Meanwhile, the striking staff of the IFA will meet representatives of the state body�s finance committee tomorrow. Indications are the strike will be called off tomorrow if an agreement is reached. All 27 employees of the IFA went on strike Tuesday demanding a pay hike.

Kidderpore win

Kidderpore beat Salkia Friends 2-1 in a first division group A league match today. Peerless were held goalless by Kalighat in another match.


Pune, Sept. 20: 
Well benefitted by a good outing in the company of Killarney, jockey B. Prakash is expected to guide the Dallas Todywalla-wardt Supreme Statesman to victory in the Bucephalus Trophy in Pune on Friday.


2.45 pm: Zeisha 1. Catch Me If You Can 2. Heartbreaker 3.

3.15 pm: Colour of Joy 1. Pleasure Hunt 2. Spirited Move 3.

3.45 pm: Park Royal 1. Whispering Rock 2. High Voltage 3.

4.15 pm: Saranyu 1. Right Arrow 2. Asprilla 3.

4.45 pm: Supreme Statesman 1. Alice Charms 2. Elegant Jade 3.

5.15 pm: Innocence 1. Crisscross 2. Cacophony 3.

5.45 pm: My Opinion 1. Golden Star 2. Stage Secret 3.

Day�s Best: Supreme Statesman

Double: Ziesha & Colour of Joy


Mysore, Sept. 20: 
Partnered by Pesi Shroff, the Calcutta-based colt Ansbach easily had the measure of his table-mate and the course-favourite Antequera in the Mysore 2,000 Guineas at the Mysore races on Thursday. Vijay Singh-trained the Alnasr Alwasheek-Pass The Secret three-year-old son.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Bellary Plate 1,400m: (7-4-2) Turf Rhythm (S. Narredu) 1; Nice And Noble 2; New Fortune 3. Won by: 1-3/4; SH; (1-29.1). Tote: Win Rs 26; Place: 12; 13; 10; Quinella: 29; Tanala: 83. Fav: New Fortune (2).

2. Aunty Pip Plate 1,600m: (1-4-5) Fereneze (Appu) 1; Dynamic Gamble 2; Forest Emperor 3. Won by: 6; 4-1/4; (1-42.2). Tote: Win Rs 20; Place: 12; 20; 13; Quinella: 65; Tanala: 138; Fav: Fereneze (1).

3. J. Tyrrell Memorial Plate, Div-II 1,400m: (1-2-7) Affined (Kader) 1; Forest Whisper 2; Jennifer 3. Won by: 2-1/2; 7-1/2; (1-27.7). Tote: Win Rs 13; Place: 12; 15; 21; Quinella: 20; Tanala: 109. Fav: Affined (1).

4. Margrove Estate Gold Cup 1,800m: (3-5-4) Aerobatic (Prakash) 1; Ma Baker 2; Argyle Gold 3. Won by: 9-1/2; 1-1/4; (1-51.7). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 10; 15; 17; Quinella: 36; Tanala: 167. Fav: Aerobatic (3).

5. H. H. Sri Jayachamaraja Wadiyar Memorial Gold Cup 1,400m: (6-4-7) One So Wonderful (Shukla) 1; Allodium 2; Valparaiso 3. Not run: The Music Man (2). Won by: 1-3/4; 4-1/2; (1-26.2). Tote: Win Rs 30; Place: 13; 19; 10; Quinella: 72; Tanala: 261. Fav: Valparaiso (7).

6. Mysore 2000 Guineas 1,600m: (8-2-7-5) Ansbach (Shroff) 1; Antequera (Kader) 2; Arcaro (C. Alford) 3; Starjo (I. Chisty) 4. Won by: 1-1/2; 8-1/4; 1-1/4; (1-37.7). Tote: Win Rs 32; Place: 13; 11; 54; Quinella: 35; Tanala: 522. Fav: Antequera (2).

7. Original Vel B. Ashok Kumar Memorial Gold Cup 1,200m: (2-11-12) Ronson (Shukla) 1; Bold Commander 2; Winning Charm 3. Won by: 7; 2-1/2; (1-12.8). Tote: Win Rs 42; Place: 13; 15; 41; Quinella: 50; Tanala: 947. Fav: Bold Commander (11).

8. J. Tyrrell Memorial Plate, Div-I 1,400m: (7-2-3) Ardent Flame (Prakash) 1; Sunchaser 2; Abridge 3. Won by: 2; 2-1/4; (1-27.4). Tote: Win Rs 18; Place: 10; 24; 10; Quinella: 70; Tanala: 177. Fav: Ardent Flame (7).

Jackpot: Rs 2,346; (C) Rs 428.

Treble: (i) Rs 42; (ii) Rs 308.


Calcutta, Sept. 20: 
Bountiful Gesture and Alsheim were impressive during the workouts today morning:

Outer sand track

1,400m: Calculate (Surender) in 1-48s; (400m) 28s. Moved well. Abashed (A. P. Singh) and Atrisia (Rb) in 1-55s; (400m) 30s. Former a length better.

1,200m: Alamito (Rabani) and Alkido (Islam) in 1-28s; (400m) 30s. They were level, latter was pushed. Bountiful Gesture (Surender) and Alsheim (Rb) in 1-25s; (400m) 29s. Former was a length better.

800m: Giorgio (Rb) and Storm Centre (Upadhya) in 1-1s; (400m) 27s. They were level. Endless Surprise (Rbani) in 57s; (400m) 29s. Moved well.

Monsoon track

800m: Blessed Spirit (Jaiswal) in 56s; (400m) 28s.

600m: High Life (Jaiswal) in 39s; (400m) 24s. Good.

Sand track

1,800m: Harry The Horse (Rutherford) in 2-12s; (400m) 27s. Handy.

1,200m: Rare Gold (Bird) and Calabash (Gajinder) in 1-32s; (400m) 26s.They were level.

800m: Chivalrous (Rb) in 57s; (400m) 27s. Software (Gowli) in 1-3s; (400m) 31s.

600m: As A Rule (Som S.) in 40s; (400m) 24s. Fit.

On Tuesday, outer sand track

1,600m: Flying Scot (Upadhya) and Flamebird (Gowli) in 2-14; (400m) 30s. Both were level.

1,000m: Tsavo (Amjad) and Sky Command (Bird) in 1-12s; (400m) 27s. Former far better.

Sand track

800m: Aliqa (Upadhya) and As A Rule (Som. S.) in 53s; (400m) 24s. Former was 4 ls better. Fencai (Upadhya) 55s; (400m) 25s. Fit. Heaven�s Blessing (Shanker) in 55s; (400m) 26s. Was handy. Anakato (Connorton) in 57s; (400m) 27s. Easy.

400m: Peppy Mistress (Rb) in 25s. Fit.


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