Sarandeep�s wait likely to continue
Subhradeep surprise choice in Ranji squad
India Blues declared champions
South Point champions
Bengal squad
Mumbai Racing/ Southern Star fancied

Calcutta, Dec.17: 
Off-spinner Sarandeep Singh, it seems, will have to wait a while longer for his second Test cap.

Though the Chinnaswamy wicket in Bangalore (where the third and final Test against England gets underway Wednesday) already has cracks, the firmness hasn�t gone unnoticed either. Specifically, then, the Indian thinktank is more or less decided on retaining the Ahmedabad XI.

According to The Telegraph�s sources, quick Tinu Yohannan is set to get his third cap on the trot and, so, there won�t be any place for Sarandeep. A change can come about only if the selectors insist on Jawagal Srinath being the sole specialist new-ball bowler, with captain Sourav Ganguly taking on added responsibility.

Apparently, the thinktank�s argument is: Even if the ball turns square, from very early on, the two top spinners (Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh) will in any case feature in the XI. More to the point, if they can�t make best use of the conditions, who can?

It�s a reasonable thought, though there can be a debate. India, of course, are 1-0 ahead thanks to the whopping win in Mohali.

Though it�s not exactly a concern, that Kasturirangan and his team have relaid the Chinnaswamy wicket has actually led to speculation over how the surface may behave. Incidentally, the amphitheatre isn�t a favoured venue for the Indians � the last two Tests (versus South Africa and Australia), for instance, ended in defeats.

Meanwhile, contacted at the team hotel late this evening, Sourav (typically) insisted he wasn�t looking back, but ahead. �On all counts, it�s going to be a big Test for all of us... Yes, I�m aware of the criticism that has come our way (after the last day in Ahmedabad)... As captain, I�ll be asking my team not to get distracted and lose focus..."

Speaking exclusively, Sourav added a trifle bitingly: �I�m also aware of the huge amount of credit given to Nasser Hussain and England for drawing the last Test. Well..." Clearly, the Indian captain�who hasn�t been amused by some recent events � is intent on setting right a few things.

For the record, Sourav declined to offer a direct comment on the on-going two/three spinners� debate.


Calcutta, Dec. 17: 
Middle-order batsman Subhradeep Ganguly of Barisha Sporting Club was the surprise inclusion in the 14-member Bengal squad announced today for the forthcoming Ranji Trophy away league match against Tripura from December 21-23.

�We wanted to keep a balance between experience and fresh blood in the team and hope to reverse fortunes in the league matches,� national and state selector Ashok Malhotra said after the selectors� meeting.

Safi Ahmed and Shib Shankar Pal who were in the 15-member squad that did duty in the recently-held East Zone one-day meet in Cuttack were axed.

Justifying Subhradeep�s inclusion, Malhotra said he had a good future and was performing well in the local league.

�What helped Subhradeep get a berth is that he has a knack of scoring runs in big matches.� Malhotra was also all praise for Ranadeb, saying the Wari AC bowler had been in the selectors� reckoning for quite some time.

It has been learnt that Alokendu Lahiri�s name propped up in the meeting, which lasted for half an hour, but Ranadeb made the cut because of his consistent performance in the CAB league and junior meets.The selectors also pulled up Nikhil Haldipur for his on-and-off performances and coach Woorkeri Raman has been asked to have a one-to-one with the batsman in this regard.

�With Devang Gandhi out with injuries, we are short on experience and so decided to keep Haldipur,� Malhotra said. According to him, Devang might be fit for the match against Bihar, starting on December 25.


Rohan Gavaskar (captain), Arindam Das, Humza Ferozie, Nikhil Haldipur, Subhomoy Das, Saikat Mukherjee, Sanjib Sanyal, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Utpal Chatterjee, Sourashish Lahiri, Ranadeb Bose, Sabbir Ali, Subhradeep Ganguly and Soumen Singh.

Jhujhunwala dropped

Abhishek Jhunjhunwala and Gourav Dutta were dropped from the Bengal squad which will play Tripura at the Eden Gardens in the three-day under-22 meet from tomorrow.

THE SQUAD: Shib Sagar Singh (captain), Wrichik Majumder, Amitabha Chakraborty, Sheikh Sohel, Ritesh Jaiswal, Abhishek Ghosh, Soujan Biswas, Sourav Seal, Faqruddin Sajjad, Aniruddha Roy, Pinaki Majumder, Samad Akhtar, Dibyendu Chakraborty and Ayan Nandy.

Wari win big

Ranadeb Bose destroyed Suburban Club with a five-wicket haul, helping Wari AC coast to massive 259-run win in the two-day CAB senior league today. Ranadeb took five for 28 in 12 overs as Suburban were skittled out for 94, in reply to Wari�s 353 for four.

In another match, Sabbir Ali and Murtaza Lodhgar shaped Kalighat�s 118-run victory over Manoharpukur Milan Samity.


Wari AC 353/4. Suburban 94 (Ranadeb Bose 5/28). Wari won by 259 runs.

Kalighat 343/6. Manoharpukur Milan samity 225 (Arindam Shome 64, Sabbir Ali 4/91, Murtaza Lodhgar 4/56). Kalighat won by 118 runs.


Calcutta, Dec. 17: 
The appeal lodged by Formidables was overturned today which meant India Blues officially emerged champions in the team-of-four event to claim the Ruia Trophy after a cliff-hanger of a final in the 43rd Winter National Bridge championship.

The outcome of the match was known yesterday but the teams concerned had to wait till today to learn who the actual winners would be.

In a thrilling contest, trailing Kiran Nadar�s Formidables by 12 IMPs with one segment of 16 deals to go, the Blues not only erased the deficit but forged ahead by 2 IMPs when scores for 60 of the 64 deals had come in.

Boards 61, 62, 63 and 64 were all push boards and there was no excahange of IMPs.

India Blues were represented by Ashok Ruia, J.M.Shah, K.V. Krishnamurthy, Debashish Roy, Prakash Paranjpe and Vivek Bhand. India Blues had won this event in Hyderabad in 1999, lost in finals in Vadodara last year.

Kiran Nadar, Subhash Gupta, B. Prabhakar, K.R. Venkatraman, B. Satyanarayana and Sunit Choksey played for Formidables.

Third elimination round of the Pairs event for the Holkar Trtophy started this evening and 34 pairs will qualify for the finals to be played Wednesday.

In the other major event, board-a-match, 27 teams have qualified for the finals.


Calcutta, Dec. 17: 
South Point High School beat Dr Sital Prasad Adarsha Shikshalay 3-1 in the final of the all-Bengal Lions inter-school table tennis championship at the Burrabazar Yubak Sabha hall today.

P. Ghosh gave South Point the lead, but Sourav Das levelled for SPAS. However, P. Ghatak and S. Mallick won the doubles tie for South Point and Ghatak clinched the first reverse singles to seal the title for his school.

In the boys� singles, South Point�s P. Ghatak emerged champion, getting the better of Ling Liang School�s Prasenjit Guchait 11-4, 11-5, 11-3.

Volleyball squad

Twelve-member Bengal men�s and women�s volleyball squads will take part in the senior nationals, to be held in Raipur (Chhattisgarh) from December 21 to 28. The teams will leave on Wednesday.


MEN: Sariful Haque, Mohammed J.M., Anurag E.P., Debashish Hazra, Subhankar Chakraborty, Indranil Chatterjee, Arijit Sur, Sumit Ghosh, Prasenjit Kundu, Supravat Karmakar, Prasenjit Dutta, Ranjan Ghosh.

WOMEN: Piyali Roy, Chaitali Das, Aparna Sur, Tusi Shankari, Sima Oraon, Thakurmoni Oran, Sudipta Biswas, Tulu Pramanik, Anima Saha, Moumita Dutta, Shyamali Manik, Sushmita Parui.

Parthasarthi�s feat

Eleven-year old Parthasarthi Trivedi became the first junior to get a hole-in-one on the 156 yards� thirteenth hole yesterday at the junior monthly golf meet at RCGC. Varun Chhabra, Surya Prakash, Arya Gupta and Nikhil Sanyal were the winners of the December meet in Division A, B, C, D respectively.    

Calcutta, Dec. 17: 
Bengal gymnasts will leave for Ambala Thursday to take part in the sub-junior nationals, to be held from December 23 to 27.

Bengal girls are optimistic about retaining the team title. The boys, runners-up last year, are hoping to improve.


GIRLS: Souvika Srakar, Kasturi Singha Roy, Payel Bose, Moumita Ghosh, Priti Das, Puja Roy, Riddhi Hazra. Coach: Sucharita Manna.BOYS: Partha Mondol, Arnab Roy Chow, Subhadip Adhikari, Siddhartha Bhattacharyta, Manas Roy, Tanmoy Ojha, Raju Das. Coach: Biswajit Howladar

Abhirup, Chaitali best

Abhirup Dutta Majumdar and Chaitali Ghosh emerged champions in men�s and women�s events respectively in the 10 km swimming competition on the river Ganges, held from Ramsita Ghat (Uttarpara) to Kumartuli Nandibari Ghat yesterday. Kumartuli Bagdevi Tarun Sangha organised the meet.    

Mumbai, Dec. 17: 
Although carrying a heavy impost of 60-kg, the Arti Doctor-trained Southern Star may assert her superior class to bag the 1,400m Maharaja Sir Pratapsingh Gaekwad Trophy at the Mumbai race on Tuesday. F. Berry partners the Binkhaldoun-Southern Girl daughter.


2.30 pm: Al Humair 1. Bryce Canyon 2. Chelsea 3.
3 pm: Skip Out Front 1. Scamster 2. Khim 3.
3.30 pm: Chili Lady 1. Monte Carlo Magic 2. Calpurnia 3.
4 pm: Southern Star 1. Speculative 2. Seychelles 3.
4.30 pm: Tio Pepe 1. Track Cruiser 2. Moira 3.
5 pm: Loyal Rebel 1. Portentous 2. Spur of The Moment 3.
5.30 pm: Magic Power 1. Most Attractive 2. Safari Girl 3.

Day�s Best: Southern Star

Double: Al Humair & Loyal Rebel.

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