BCCI seeks home ministry tips
East Bengal held by FCI
CSJC picks Harbhajan
School Games from Wednesday
Mumbai Racing/ Tobler may triumph
Mumbai Racing/ Radical Force romps home

Calcutta, April 13: 
Having taken the unprecedented decision to send a recce mission to England, ahead of the national team�s visit there in mid-June, the BCCI has begun informal discussions with the Union home ministry on exactly how the security aspect should be dealt with.

The recce mission, comprising BCCI joint-secretary Jyoti Bajpai and former India manager Amrit Mathur, is expected to leave around April 27 and the two should be in England for �10-12 days.� Reviewing security arrangements, besides assessing facilities and the hotels will be priority areas.

The Indian team will be in England from June 18 to September 10. While a tri-series (with Sri Lanka being the third team) will be the highlight of the Indians� stay till July 13, all the attention thereafter will be on the four-Test series. India�s last trip there (for a series, that is) was in the summer of 1996.

According to The Telegraph�s sources, the BCCI has already �spoken� to Yashovardhan Azad, a joint-director in the Intelligence Bureau, and Azad is expected to �guide� both Bajpai and Mathur. Later, the High Commission in London will also get into the act.

As the BCCI doesn�t have its own experts, so to say, it�s essential that inputs on security be obtained from the people who know best. Such detailed advice isn�t required for evaluating more general arrangements/facilities.

Azad, incidentally, is the elder brother of cricketer-turned-politician Kirti and was assigned to the Pakistan team during its last visit to India � in early 1999. In fact, Wasim Akram�s men had then made two trips: For three Tests and, then, a tri-series where Sri Lanka was the third team.

One understands only �select� venues will be �screened� and that BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya will probably have a say in shortlisting them. In any case, this exercise has been initiated by the president himself.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), it may be recalled, had also deputed a two-member team to assess just about everything before Nasser Hussain and his men arrived last November. Apprehensions over security had been paramount.

Dalmiya, of course, has already clarified that the BCCI isn�t embarking on a tit-for-tat move. Also, he didn�t rule out similar trips to other countries. Incidentally, that a recce mission was planned was first reported in these columns on March 26.


Calcutta, April 13: 
East Bengal and Food Corporation of India (FCI) today shared two goals in their BHA league first division group A match. In another match, Eastern Railway beat Border Security Force (BSF), South Bengal, 4-1.

East Bengal were ahead through a 29th-minute strike by G.K. Minz, but in the 48th minute J. Suhrit threw back the equaliser that East Bengal failed to break. Sekh Siraj struck thrice for Eastern Railway and C. Bara scored once, while S. Lakra reduced the margin for BSF.

In group B, Chotonagpur and Police AC drew 2-2. Claudius Tirkey and R. Kujur scored for Chotonagpur, while Sudhir Lodh and Shamir Prasad scored for the police team.

Pattanayak emerges winner

Tanmoy Pattanayak of Mitra Institution (Main) yesterday emerged winner of the Modern Chess Academy schools� chess championship in Rishra. He earned 7.5 points and won Rs 3,000.

Debaditya Sinha Biswas of Salt Lake Point School (also 7.5 points) was runner-up via progressive scores and won Rs 2,000.

Holy Home of Serampore, represented by third finisher Samput Mallick and under-12 girls� champion Anu Gupta, was declared the Best School.

Sourav, Harshit in Cossipore tennis final

Sourav Panja will meet Harshit Sharma in the final of the Cossipore Club annual hardcourt tennis meet being played at the Cossipore Seven Tanks Estates courts tomorrow. In the semi-finals today, Panja beat Rupesh Roy 6-4, 6-4 while Sharma got the better of Vinod Sewa 7-6, 4-6, 6-4.


Calcutta, April 13: 
India�s star spinner Harbhajan Singh has been named the Best Sportsperson of the Year by the Calcutta Sports Journalists� Club. Chess prodigy Koneru Humpy has been nominated as Best Junior Sportsperson of the Year.

Special awards have gone to Bengal�s and India�s wicketkeeper-opening batsman Deep Dasgupta and Calcutta�s Arjun Atwal, who recently became the first Indian to win any European Tour event with his triumph in the Singapore Masters.

The prizes will be given away at a function Friday.


Swimming: Amrapali Das Gupta;

Waterpolo: Arindam Samaddar;

Kabaddi: Aftabuddin Mollah;

Football: Jose Ramirez Barreto;

Chess: Somak Palit;

Tennis: Rupesh Roy;

Athletics (Men): Sanjay Rai;

Athletics (Women): Soma Biswas;

Table Tennis: Mouma Das;

Basketball: Surajit De;

Cricket: Subhomoy Das;

Hockey: Edmond Kerketta;

Volleyball: Tulu Pramanik;

Gymnastics: Chanchala Chakraborty.


Calcutta, April 13: 
About 2,000 contestants and officials will take part in four disciplines of the 47th National School Games to be held at the SAI, Eastern Centre and at Rabindra Sarovar Stadium from Wednesday to April 21.

West Bengal School Sports Association officials said today that Bengal will be favourites in all disciplines � under-19 and under-14 badminton, under-14 kho-kho, women�s under-19 football and archery in all age-groups. Bengal are champions in all.

Twenty to 22 states will take part, and the champions and runners-up in each discipline will get Rs 7,200 scholarships.

Archery will have 350 boys and girls in the fray.

The Bengal archery team � Tanva Patwari, Indrani Bhattacharya, Rahul Banerjee and Nitesh Tamang.


Mumbai, April 13: 
Set to concede weight to each of his eight rivals, the monsoon season classics winner Tobler is strongly fancied to win the 1,600m Maharaja Sir Harisinghji Trophy, the main event at the Mumbai races on Sunday. Malesh Narredu partners the Vinayak-trainee.


2 pm: Multi Millionaire 1. High Voltage 2. Arco Europa 3.

2.30 pm: Star Cutter 1. Romanza 2. Arabian Commander 3.

3 pm: Kraftwerk 1. Danger Zone 2. Miss Sunshine 3.

3.30 pm: Absolute Dominance 1. Ocean Stream 2. Calais 3.

4 pm: Louis Cyphre 1. Tall Boy 2. Applause 3.

4.30 pm: Tobler 1. Zephyr Bay 2. Kazakh 3.

5 pm: Montana 1. Marmalade 2. Red Musanda 3.

5.30 pm: Astor Place 1. Bud Royale 2. Al Humair 3.

6 pm: Proud Moment 1. Infinite 2. Golden Gem 3.

Day�s Best: Louis Cyphre

Double: Multi Millionaire & Tobler


Mumbai, April 13: 
Ridden by P. Kamlesh and trained by Cooji Katrak, Radical Force claimed the Nawabzada Rashidzzaffar Khan Trophy at the Mumbai races held on Saturday.


(With inter-state dividends)

1. Jehan Numa Plate 1,200m: (3-6-4) Silent Deal (H. Moses) 1; Lord of Thunder 2; Irresistible You 3. Won by: 3/4; 4-1/4; (1-13.8). Tote: Win Rs 436; Place: 62; 11; 18; Quinella: 272; Tanala: 6,866. Fav: Grand He Is (5).

2. K. J. K. Irani Plate 1,000m: (5-2-1) Bigshow (Gallagher) 1; Code Red 2; Silver Sand 3. Won by: Hd; 3/4; (1-1.1). Tote: Win Rs 47; Place: 19; 36; 22; Quinella: 292; Tanala: 2,670. Fav: Cape Merino (3).

3. Fragrant Memories Plate, Div-II 1,000m: (4-5-10) Heart of Danger (Prakash) 1; High Handed 2; Litolier Glamour 3. Not run: Royal Charmer (6). Won by: 1-1/4; 2; (1-1). Tote: Win Rs 16; Place: 11; 13; 21; Quinella: 21; Tanala: 114. Fav: Heart of Danger (4).

4. Fragrant Memories Plate, Div-I 1,000m: (11-10-5) Shadow Dancing (Pandey) 1; Rich Treat 2; Watson Lake 3. Won by: 3-1/4; Nk; (1-1.7). Tote: Win Rs 40; Place: 16; 45; 37; Quinella: 861; Tanala: 8,132. Fav: Tarifa (4).

5. Nawabzada Rashidzzaffar Khan Trophy 2,000m: (7-2-6) Radical Force (Kamlesh) 1; Salt Lake 2; Criollo 3. Won by: 3-3/4; 7; (2-4.4). Tote: Win Rs 15; Place: 10; 16; 21; Quinella: 30; Tanala: 112. Fav: Radical Force (7).

6. Bejan Bharucha Trophy 1,000m: (7-6-4) Heart Beat (Shelar) 1; Tio Pepe 2; Admiration 3. Won by: Nk; 1-3/4; (1-0.7). Tote: Win Rs 405; Place: 77; 27; 18; Quinella: 1,230; Tanala: 96,110 (C.o). Fav: Romantic Indian (5).

7. Vibration Plate 1,000m: (13-10-4) Las Mareas (Prakash) 1; Tasmac 2; Blue Butterfly 3. Won by: 3-3/4; 1-1/4; (59.6). Tote: Win Rs 27; Place: 17; 24; 20; Quinella: 91; Tanala: 273. Fav: Las Mareas (13).

8. Prince of Hearts Plate 1,600m: (3-5-1) Sarena Pride (Prakash) 1; Malada 2; Courtesan 3. Won by: 3/4; 1/2; (1-40.4). Tote: Win Rs 54; Place: 20; 22; 30; Quinella: 148; Tanala: 1,553. Fav: Malada (5).

Jackpot: Rs 90,506; (C) Rs 1,899.

Treble: (i) Rs 3,074; (ii) Rs 52; (iii) Rs 3,327.


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