Dig at ECB after truce with ICC
Wright, Leipus to continue
Winter bridge to warm up city
Title for Bhalotia
BTA overcome Rakhi Sangha
Assam falter after tea
Bangalore Racing/ Vivid Dreams for Sprinters Stakes
Hoysala Cup/ Antwerp trounces rivals
Track Trials/ Sea Royale, Alegria impress

Calcutta, Nov. 30: 
The BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya today decided to �go by the spirit of the game and not by the letter of the rule,� and, after several deliberations, came to an agreement with the ICC to resolve the crisis regarding the selection of Virender Sehwag for the first Test against England in Mohali.

A joint press statement duly signed by the ICC president Malcolm Gray and Dalmiya himself was released today.

Dalmiya said a financial compensation for Sehwag will be considered. If the ICC executive committee decides in favour of India, the BCCI will claim compensation from the world body. Otherwise, the BCCI will step in.

Dalmiya was critical of the ECB�s reactions to the whole issue. �Some people always like to butt in and speak out of turn. Instead of solving the problem they create more,� he said.

The following is the joint statement

ICC president Malcolm Gray today confirmed that an acceptable solution has been reached between the ICC and the BCCI on the issues concerning the Test match due to be played between India and England in Mohali next week.

The ICC will establish a Commission (�The ICC Referees Commission�) to examine and report to the ICC executive board on whether the ICC Match Referee followed the procedures and acted in accordance with the ICC Code of Conduct, including the guidelines on the principles of natural justice as set out on Page 55 of the Code, during the second Test match between India and South Africa from 16th to 20th November 2001 at Port Elizabeth.

The Commission will be appointed by the ICC in consultation with the BCCI. The Commission will consist of persons of the highest reputation and at least two of them will be reputed former cricketers.

The BCCI has agreed that it will instruct its selection panel not to include Virender Sehwag in the final XII during the first Test match between India and England from 3rd December to 7th December at Mohali.

The Referees Commission will also be asked to advise whether the following should be adopted as a part of the current restructuring of the ICC Match Referees panel:

a) Whether there should be a right of appeal against a decision of a Match Referee�

b) If there is to be a right of appeal, the best way to structure the system of appeals so that it is not used to obtain an unfair advantage.

c) Whether there should be an ICC Code of Conduct for Match Referees

d) How ICC can best achieve consistency in the penalties imposed by Match Referees.

e) Whether it should be obligatory on the part of the ICC referees to explain their decisions to the media and the public, in the best interests of the game.

The president of the BCCI, Mr Jagmohan Dalmiya has confirmed his intention to raise grievances relating to this issue at the next meeting of the ICC Executive Board in March 2002. The ICC president, Mr Malcolm Gray has welcomed this as the correct forum for the matters to be discussed in full, provided that the BCCI makes a written submission to the ICC concerning the second Test match in South Africa.


Calcutta, Nov. 30: 
Indian coach John Wright and physio Andrew Leipus appear well placed to keep their jobs.

The BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya today expressed satisfaction with the duo saying, �I see no reason as to why they shouldn�t continue.�

Their performance will be reviewed at the end of the Test series against England in Bangalore on December 23.

Dalmiya said he would have met Wright and Leipus today but for this crisis regarding the dispute with the ICC over Virender Sehwag�s inclusion in the XI for the first Test against England beginning in Mohali Monday.


Calcutta, Nov. 30: 
The city will be hot in the winter with over 2000 contestants engaging in brainstorming sessions over bridge boards at the winter nationals next month.

The December 9-19 meet, to be held at Netaji Indoor Stadium, is expected to throw up �a great deal of challenges� among ladies as the events of ladies� pair, along with mixed pair, will make debut in this edition. This was announced today by M.N. Dastur, president of organisers West Bengal Bridge Association (WBBA).

The main contest will, however, be confined to the Ruia Gold Cup (team-of-four event) and Holkar Trophy (pairs), besides fight for top honours in categorised pairs and team-of-four progressive events.

However, the WBBA may face �some serious problems� in continuing the meet on December 15, as the Prime Minister is expected to attend a CII conclave at the same venue. �Either we have to shift the venue or put off the meet for a day,� said Arijit Guha, a WBBA official.

Internationals like Subhas Gupte, Kamal Mukherjee, Rajesh Dalal, Kiran Nadar, S.R. Ghosh and Sudhir Ganguly, some of whom helped India into the quarter finals of the inter-zonal championships in Paris in October, will all be seen in action.

A Bangladesh team will lend international tag while participation of some Pakistani outfits is uncertain due to ongoing political situations there. Part of the meet�s inauguration will involve an eight-board exhibition match between Governor Viren J. Shah�s team and that of sports minister Subhas Chakraborty.


Calcutta, Nov 30: 
Inderjit Bhalotia won the 11th leg of the Hero Honda Tour at the Tollygunge Club course today with a final round four-under 66. The local golfer, who tallied 11-under 269, earned a cheque for Rs 97,200.

Mukesh Kumar finished one stroke behind at ten-under 270 to return his third runner-up finish of the season. Overnight leader Firoz Ali slid to third place at eight-under 272. The trio of Shiv Prakash, Uttam Mundy and Vijay Kumar finished tied fourth at four-under 276 while Sanjay Kumar occupied the seventh spot at three-under 277.

Another local golfer S.S.P. Chowrasia essayed an eighth place finish at two-under 278.

Sanjeev Mehra won in the amateur category with a tally of six-over 286. Mehra�s final round brought him a four-over 74.


Calcutta, Nov. 30: 
Eastern Railways Boys Club (ERBS), B.B.Y.S., Blue Jays, CPTSC., Barisha and BTA won their matches at the Eveready 21st senior state basketball championship at the Rakhi Sangha courts today. BTA, however, shocked Rakhi Sangha 77-62.

RESULTS: ERBC bt Boys� Training Association. 54-34; BBYS. bt Chetla Park 81-68; Blue Jays bt South 24 Pgs 53-33; CPTSC bt Howrah District 79-50; Barisha bt Burdwan District 57-51; BTA bt Rakhi Sangha 77-62.

Inter-university football

Utkal University, Berhampore University, Ranchi University and Benaras Hindu University were among the winners at today�s matches in the East Zone inter-university football tournament in the city.

RESULTS: Utkal University bt North Bengal University 3-1; Vidyasagar University bt Berhampore University 3-0; Manipur University bt Ranchi University 4-1; A.P.S. Rewa University bt B.H.U. 3-2; Vinobha Bhave University vs Ravishankar Shukla University.

Asit best in marathon

Asit Chandra Sarkar of East Bengal emerged champion in the state marathon while Rupa Bhowmick of Pioneer Sporting grabbed the top honour in 20m walking for women, held in Asansol on November 25.

Asit was followed by Bijon Biswas and Nazeful Haque while Rupa by Sibani Saha and Ruma Bhattacharjee (Ramkrishnapur Sporting) in the top three positions in their respective events.

Goutam Chakraborty won the 20m walking for men while Dolly Sarkar claimed women�s half marathon (21.098km) title.


Calcutta, Nov. 30: 
Swaying fortunes marked the first day of the East Zone Ranji Trophy league match between Bengal and Assam with the visitors ending the day at 214 for seven after a good start.

Assam, who went into tea at 180 for three, quickly lost four in the last session as the experienced Utpal Chatterjee and the promising Sourashish Lahiri spun a web around their batsmen, picking two wickets each.

The day started with Safi Ahmed making the Bengal XI after Devang Gandhi was ruled out with a back injury.

Assam elected to bat on a pitch which was not expected to aid the bowlers. Some indifferent fielding by Bengal also helped Assam as the openers put on a brisk 62. With opening bowlers Laxmi Ratan Shukla and Shib Shankar Pal failing to produce a breakthrough despite some early assistance from the wicket, off-spinner Sourashish had to be introduced as early as in the 11th over.

Parag Das, who scored a run-a-ball 59, was in a particularly punishing mood and smacked Lahiri for six in his very first over. Das, though, led a charmed life, being let off twice by wicketkeeper Humza Ferozie off Shukla on 20 and 45. Those catches apart, Bengal conceded overthrows, missed a run out chance and misfielded more than once.

Shukla had Assam skipper Subhrajit Saikia caught by Nikhil Haldipur at gully. Pal, who bowled a tighter line in his second spell, soon had Das caught by Rohan Gavaskar at mid-off.

Das� departure brought together Zakaria Zuffri and Manoj Joglekar, who put on 55 for the third wicket. The pace of scoring slackened a bit as the two tried to settle down even as Lahiri and Pal slogged away fruitlessly. Assam went into lunch at 114 for two.

In the second session, both batsmen defied all attempts by Bengal to pry them out. Just as it seemed the two left-handers would go into tea unscathed, Pal trapped Joglekar leg-before trying to pull a straight one that kept low.

It was the last session which proved to be Assam�s undoing. The wily Chatterjee started the slide when he had Pabitra Dutta caught by Haldipur. The spinners tightened the screws and with four close-in fielders breathing down their neck, the batsmen wilted.


Bangalore, Nov. 30: 
Symphony of Fire and Vivid Dreams are likely to decide the outcome of the 1,200m Sprinters Trial Stakes, tomorrow. The later, a Michael Eshwer-ward enjoying a pull of 11-kg at the weights, may win in the hands Aslam Kader


1.30 pm: Flowington 1. Portman Square 2. Grace And Faith 3.
2 pm: Daiimio 1. Power Extreme 2. Cotton Mary 3.
2.30 pm: Sensational Lover 1. Anzac 2. Mum�s The Word 3.
3 pm: Maltese Falcon 1. Machrie Bay 2. Grisogono 3.
3.30 pm: Hero Worship 1. Parisien Belle 2. Native Red 3.
4 pm: Vivid Dreams 1. Symphony of Fire 2. Yewall 3.
4.30 pm: Barassie 1. Step In Time 2. Silk Petals 3.
5 pm: Swinging Conquest 1. Misty Charms 2. Private Emotions 3.

Day�s Best: Hero Worship

Double: Vivid Dreams & Swinging Conquest

Bangalore, Nov. 30: 
Rideen by F. Norton Antwerp, from Padmanabhan�s yard, easily won the claimed the 1,600m Hoysala Cup at the Bangalore races held on Friday.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Birur Plate 1,200m: (6-8-5) Al Bashir (A. Imran) 1; Wool U Gooli 2; Royal Satsuma 3. Won by: 1-1/4; 1-1/2; (1-18.2). Tote:Win Rs 35; Place: 13; 25; 43; Quinella: 156; Tanala: 5,977. Fav: Trap A Spy (1).

2. Huthari Festival Stakes 1,600m: (6-8-3) Supermax (Ramesh) 1; Peter Corleone 2; Stormsky 3. Won by: 2; Nk; (1-43.8). Tote: Win Rs 122; Place: 19; 139; 19; Quinella: 4,612; Tanala: 93,590 (C.o). Fav: Ashleen (2).

3. Dandeli Cup 1,400m: (7-2-3) Star Class (Harish) 1; Dover 2; Fantasy Bay 3. Won by: Nk; 3-3/4; (1-30.3). Tote: Win Rs 235; Place: 25; 19; 17; Quinella: 575; Tanala: 7,276. Fav: Cavallini (4).

4. D. Mcpherson Memorial Plate, Div-I 1,600m: (6-8-1/7) Crown Witness (Shakti) 1; Our Ambition 2; Carnival Craze & Mayfair 3. Won by: 1-1/4; Nk; D-H; (1-42.9). Tote: Win Rs 388; Place: 102; 12; (15 on Carnival Craze); (15 on Mayfair); Quinella: 375; Tanala: 4,469. Fav: Our Ambition (8).

5. Chitradurga Plate 1,200m: (2-11-8) Ek Ek Ek (Prithviraj) 1; Crown Dancer 2; Tasman 3. Won by: SH; 2-3/4; (1-17.5). Tote: Win Rs 90; Place: 29; 13; 45; Quinella: 108; Tanala: 4,220. Fav: Crown Dancer (11).

6. Hoysala Cup 1,600m: (4-1-2) Antwerp (Norton) 1; Altimara 2; Chevalier 3. Won by: 5-1/4; 3-1/2; (1-40.3). Tote: Win Rs 25; Place: 18; 25; Quinella: 75; Tanala: 541. Fav: Antwerp (4).

7. Baba Khan Memorial Plate 1,400m: (1-8-6) Magic Mantra (Shroff) 1; Indian Native 2; Starjo 3. Not run: Minstrel Star (3). Won by: 3-1/4; Nk; (1-29.7). Tote: Win Rs 57; Place: 17; 19; 18; Quinella: 145; Tanala: 1,700. Fav: Amazon Gold (2).

8. D. Mcpherson Memorial Plate, Div-II 1,600m: (8-4-6) Silvanus (Rajesh) 1; Brave Deed 2; Luxor 3. Won by: 6-1/2; SH; (1-42.5). Tote: Win Rs 26; Place: 15; 21; 19; Quinella: 71; Tanala: 398. Fav: Sil vanus (8).

Jackpot: Rs 1,19,875 (Carried over); (C) Rs 30,825.

Treble: (i) Rs 14,694; (ii) Rs 35,520 (Carried over); (iii) Rs 778

Calcutta, Nov. 30: 
Sea Royale and Alegria.were impressive in today�s workouts.

Outer sand track

1,400m: Freedom Warrior (Amil) and Calculate (C. Alford) in 1-43s; (400m) 29s. They were level. Actable (Rb) and Aliquant (Surender) in 1-45s; (400m) 32s. Former 4 ls better. Sea Royale (C. Alford) and Altigraph (Amil) in 1-42s; (400m) 30s. Former was far better.Actress (Shanker) and Attune (C. Alford) in 1-41s; (400m) 30s. Former a length better. Archery (C. Alford) and Ascoril (Rb) in 1-43s; (400m) 29s. Formera length better. Calamint (Gajender) and Andrada (C. Alford) in 1-42s; (400m) 29s . Former was 6 ls better. Artwork (C. Alford) in 1-42s; (400m) 31s . Moved well.

1,200m: Assailer (Amil) and Romantic Notes (C. Alford) in 1-33s; (400m) 32s. Level. Amber Dancer (Connorton) and Peace Envoy (Yasin) in 1-32s; (400m) 30s. Former a length better

1,000m: Fly By Alibi (P. Alford) in 1-20s; (400m) 29s. Software Classic (Gowli) and Saladin (Rutherford) in 1-20s; (400m) 32s. Level.

800m: Declarationof love (Brij S.) in 59s; (400m) 29s. Lady Shirley (Engineer) in 57s; (400m) 29s. Alegria (Amil) in 53s; (400m) 27s. Good.

Sand track

1400m: Black Mane (Amjad) in 1-44s; (400m) 32s. Madame X (Upadhya) in 1-48s; (400m) 33s.Tired in last part.

1,000m: Crimson King (Rb) in 1-5s; (400m) 27s. Fit.

800m: Noor Aliya (Yacoob) and Wild is The Wind (Gajender) in 59s; (400m) 30s. Level. Reine Beau (Siddiqui) in 1-0s; (400m) 31s..

On Thursday, outer sand track

1,400m: The Archer (Rutherford) in 1-44s; (400m) 31s. Very easy. Mac The Knife (Rutherford) in 1-54s; (400m) 32s. Easy. Flamebird (Gowli) and No Regrets (Smith) in 1-42s; (400m) 30s. Former 6 ls better.

1,200m: Laurels (Gowli) and Grand Lodge (Smith) in 1-28s; (400m) 32s. They were level.Declaration of Love (Tamang) in 1-34s; (400m) 31s. Tsaynen Blue (Upadhya) in 1-32s; (400m) 29s. Easy.

800m: Aracruz (C.Alford) in 56s; (400m) 29s. Fit. Endless Suprprise (C. Alford) in 54s; (400m) 28s. Moved easy. As A Rule (Som S.) in 53s; (400m) 28s. Fit. Abandoned (Rutherford) in 54s; (400m) 28s. Fit. Addab (Brij S.) in 59s; (400m) 30s. Yukon (Engineer) in 58s; (400m) 30s. Easy.

600m: Star of Ring (Connorton) and Assertive Dancer (R. Ahmed) in 47s; (400m) 31s. Level.

Sand track

1,200m: Cupid�s Arrow (F. Khan) and Cupola (K. Kumar) in 1-26s; (400m) 29s. Level.

1,000m: Harry The Horse (F. Khan) in 1-14s; (400m) 31s.

800m: Peppy Mistress (Gowli) in 53s; (400m) 29s. Easy. Illustrious Reign (Asghar) in 49s; (400m) 25s. Moved well. Raaz (Smith) in 57s; (400m) 30s. Silver Patriarch (Siddiqui) and Almond Rock (Rb) in 56s; (400m) 30s. Royal City (Connorton) and Ballet Master (Yasin) in 53s; (400m) 26s. Level. Scarlet Raider (Yasin) and Social Girl (Connorton) in 53s. (400m) 26s. Former a length better.    


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