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Bhutia to join Bagan training today

Bhaichung Bhutia will finally start training with his new club Mohun Bagan. The India captain, with Rennedy Singh, Satish Bharti and Rajat Ghosh Dastidar, has been released from the Asian Games camp. The quartet will join others at club practice Friday for the Asian Champions League away match against Sri Lanka’s Sanders.

India coach Stephen Constantine, it is learnt, was reluctant to release the players before Sunday, but the club officials made a few calls at the right places to win an early release order. The squad for Champions League tie will be announced Saturday. Mohun Bagan will not get the services of Debjit Ghosh, whose inter-state transfer issue is yet to be resolved. The club secretary has confirmed this. From Thursday, the players started training under floodlights to get used to the experience.

Pitch visit

New Zealand Turf Institute chief Keith McAuliffe will inspect the Eden Gardens pitch next week. The new wicket is currently undergoing late-stage work. McAuliffe, who devised the rework plan, had earlier visited the city in June.

Meanwhile, Prabir Mukherjee, the BCCI-nominated pitch expert from East Zone, has left for Siliguri to inspect the pitch at Kanchenjungha Stadium. The CAB plans to host one Ranji Trophy match if reports are positive.

Colts’ trip

The 19-member Bengal under-19 cricket team left for Visakhapatnam Thursday for a series of pre-season practice matches. The team will play three one-day and two three-day games against a local team.

The squad

Aveek Chowdhury (captain), Aranyadeb Sarkar, Sourav Sarkar, Amit Biswas, Abhishek Chowdhury, Koushik Guha, Wriddhiman Saha, Stabak Bhowmick, Soumya Pal, J.S. Raipur, Ambar Roy, Dilip Yadav, Arup Tripathi, Soumya Roy Chowdhury, Aditya Sengupta, Anustup Mazumdar, Soumyadeep Kundu, Mayukh Biswas, Ajoy Gorai. Coach: Dattatreya Mukherjee.

Saba in CCFC

Former India wicketkeeper Syed Saba Karim will represent second division outfit CCFC in the local league this season East Bengal roped in former Bengal left-hander Saikat Mukherjee from Wari, while Mohun Bagan off-spinner Nazar Khan left for Mohammedan Sporting.

Rapid chess

The fifth All-Bengal Open rapid chess meet will be played at Modern Chess Academy in Shantiniketan on September 14 and 15. About 120 players are expected to take part, the total prize money being Rs 18,000.

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