Dravid may have a long double-role
Telegraph meet
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Bangalore Racing/ Priceless for �Million�

Calcutta, May 25: 
Speaking exclusively during last month�s Sharjah Cup 2002, Arjuna Ranatunga suggested Rahul Dravid be �groomed� as wicketkeeper for next year�s World Cup.

The quadrennial showpiece begins February 9 and will end on March 23.

Almost on cue, captain Sourav Ganguly and coach John Wright have begun implementing just what Ranatunga, now an MP, proposed.

Though the elements ensured not a ball was bowled in ODI No. 1 today, in Kingston, there�s a good chance the vice-captain will keep during all the remaining four matches.

According to The Telegraph�s sources in the West Indies, Dravid promptly said �yes� when Sourav himself asked whether he would be comfortable playing a double role.

The idea, clearly, is to strengthen the batting � exactly the logic advanced by Ranatunga, Sri Lanka�s (1996) World Cup-winning captain, when he made the Dravid-as-keeper suggestion.

Ranatunga, in fact, believes the Indians must always field seven batsmen (including the wicketkeeper) � as was done by Lanka during that spectacular World Cup campaign � and the Sourav- Wright duo is on pretty much the same wavelength.

[Sanath Jayasuriya, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Asanka Gurusinha, Aravinda de Silva, Ranatunga, Roshan Mahanama and Hashan Tillekeratne completed Lanka�s 1-7 line-up in 1996.]

However, as one of our own national selectors put it, �what if the move to exclude specialist Ajay Ratra doesn�t come off?� He added: �Also, it�s to be seen how enthusiastic Dravid actually is� Earlier this year, after all, he didn�t wish to be wicketkeeper in the ODIs against Zimbabwe��

India, of course, will score a perfect 10 (on the balance-scale) should the move click. Besides Dravid, the six batsmen will (in the present context) be: Sourav, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Dinesh Mongia, Yuvraj Singh and V.V.S.Laxman/Mohammed Kaif.

Dravid, incidentally, has already doubled-up as keeper in nine ODIs � the last such instance being in the South Africa-hosted tri-series (October 2001).


Calcutta, May 25: 
Transworld beat Norinco 4-0 in The Telegraph Merchants� Cup match at the CCFC ground Saturday.

Other results: Transworld bt Norinco 4-0, Bayview Technologies bt HTA 3-1, India Foils bt The Taj 3-2, Bharat Petroleum bt Tata A 2-0, ITC B bt Bata India Ltd 3-2, J Thomas bt Infar 2-0, Transways bt Jet Airways 2-1, O&M bt PriceWaterHouseCoopers 2-1, ABN AMRO bt Skytech Solutions 3-0, Usha Martin bt Magors 3-2, Tata B bt Confreight Shipping 3-1, ITC Infotech bt Tata Tea 2-1.



Bagan beat EB

Mohun Bagan eves Saturday beat East Bengal 1-0 and went ahead in the league standings. Shraddhanjali Samanta Roy scored the winner in the seventh minute of the match. Chauba Devi floated one from the left and Samanta Roy lurking nearby tapped the ball in.

Three Bagan girls � Prathama Priyadarshan, Shraddhanjali and Kalpana Rauth did play with an interim stay order after a court Friday asked them to stay off field following a pay dispute with East Bengal.

Ambar Roy meet

Rahul Singh�s unbeaten 63 of 31 balls enabled Sports Lovers Association of Bengal beat Bournvita CA by 65 runs in the semi-finals of the Pepsi CAB Ambar Roy sub-junior cricket meet at the Eden Saturday. Chasing 177, Bournvita collapsed for 111, Saif Ali taking five for 25 for SLAB. In the other semis, Sonarpur Sporting Union Sports Academy beat Pioneer Co-operative CCC by seven wickets. For the first time in the history of the tournament, the finals will be played under lights with coloured clothing and white balls.

State karate

Akansha Paul won the kihons for girls under-9 in the state karate championships at the SAI Saturday. In the katas, Sumati Pattanayak won girls� under-17 title, Dipesh Bhowmick the boys 12-15 category and Sanghamitra Mondal the girls� under-15.

Md. Sp. recruit

Mohammedan Sporting have roped in another foreigner, Emil, for the forthcoming season. Club secretary Sultan Ahmed said that Emil is an Iranian and played for Bengal Mumbai Football Club the last season. That completes the foreigners� line-up for Mohammedan, the other two being Seriki and Habin Adekunle.

5-a-side football

St Xavier�s Parish Club, Bowbazar, beat Christ the King Parish Club 1-0 to win the 5-a-side inter-parish football meet at the Kalighat Ground today. Ten parishes from all over the city participated in the tournament. Nigerian Nkwanama Chibuzur, was the referee.

The prize distribution would be held on June 8 at the Christ the King Church, Park Circus.

Today in Sport

SOCCER: The Telegraph Merchants� Cup pre-quarter final: Airtel vs Britannia, Seagrams vs BDA, ITC �A� vs ICICI( Matches at 6 pm), Selvel A vs Madhya Bharat, Assam Co vs Park, ICRA vs Hyatt Regency (Matches at 6:30 pm); Exhibition Match ( 7 pm); MP Digital, Think �A� Vs VGP Portfolios, Magma Leasing vs Carritt Moran, HDFC Vs TCS (Matches at 7:30 pm); Sanjeevani Projects vs IISCO, HSBC Vs Telegraph Metro, Berger vs CA-TCG Software (Matches at 8 pm)

CRICKET: Pepsi CAB Ambar Roy final: Sonarpur Sporting Union Sports Academy vs Sports Lovers� Association of Bengal (Eden Gardens, 4 pm)


Bangalore, May 25: 
The S. Ganapathy-trained Priceless is expected to lift the 1,400m Knock Out Million at the Bangalore races on Sunday. B. Prakash partners the Placerville-Queen To Conquer filly.


2.30 pm: Astigmatic 1. Bansuri 2. Star Diamond 3.

3 pm: Allespagne 1. Grace And Faith 2. Rainbow Velvet 3.

3.30 pm: Assumer 1. Noble Regent 2. Astrologica 3.

4 pm: Priceless 1. Prince Valiant 2. Just Brave 3.

4.30 pm: Enterprisor 1. Potential Force 2. Forest Rose 3.

5 pm: Stingaroo 1. Authentic Power 2. I Me And Mine 3.

Day�s Best: Priceless

Double: Allespagne & Assumer.

Saturday�s Bangalore results

(With inter-state dividends)

1st race: King of Mohra (Shobhan) 1; Peter Corleone 2; Super Green 3. Not run: Crown Dancer (2). Tote: Win Rs 124; Place: 29; 15; 19; Quinella: 127; Shp: 42; Tanala: 1,762. Fav: Another Crown (6).

2nd race: Presidium (Prakash) 1; Luca Brassi 2; Outsmart 3. Tote: Win Rs 33; Place: 16; 24; 132; Quinella: 121; Shp: 63; Tanala: 5,178. Fav: Secret Silver (3).

3rd race: Pristine Beauty (Appu) 1; Rock Party 2; Old Meldrum 3. Tote: Win Rs 19; Place: 12; 16; 27; Quinella: 38; Shp: 45; Tanala: 313. Fav: Pristine Beauty (4).

4th race: Free Radical (Harish) 1; Superior Force 2; Strides of Fire 3. Tote: Win Rs 26; Place: 13; 11; 52; Quinella: 18; Shp: 28; Tanala: 455. Fav: Superior Force (9).

5th race: Prevalence (Prakash) 1; Trivia 2; So Supreme 3. Tote: Win Rs 13; Place: 10; 117; 19; Quinella: 439; Shp: 395; Tanala: 1,600. Fav: Prevalence (5).

6th race: Elusive Emperor (Harish) 1; Star Chieftan 2; Aerobee 3. Tote: Win Rs 122; Place: 36; 13; Quinella: 65; Shp: 52; Tanala: 600. Fav: Star Chieftan (3).

7th race:Ching Mai (J. Chinoy) 1; Pelf 2; Cardinal Rule 3. Tote: Win Rs 13; Place: 11; 19; 25; Quinella: 42; Shp: 45; Tanala: 171. Fav: Ching Mai (9).

Jackpot: Rs 2,232; (C) Rs 652.

Treble: (i) Rs 107; (ii) Rs 256.


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