|Friday, February 18, 2000,
Churchill, Bagan split points
Indian eves slump to defeat
Malaysia stun Germany
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 (PTI) Malaysia created the biggest upset of the 10th Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Championship today when they stunned formidable Germany 2-1.
Seasoned S. Kuhan did the star turn by flicking home two penalty corners, one in either half, as the hosts created a piece of history by scoring their first ever victory over the European champions at the Bukit Jalil Stadium.
Malaysia, who had downed Pan-American champions Canada 3-1 in their opening encounter, displayed all the tactical imbibed in them by revered German coach Paul Lissek, whose team, however, ended up on the losing side.
Asia Cup champions South Korea were held to a 1-1 draw by fellow continental giants Pakistan in the other match of the seven-team tournament.
Malaysia soaked in pressure brilliantly and went ahead in the 33rd minute before Christoph Bechmann found the equaliser in the 47th minute. But Kuhan slammed home the winner with just two minutes left for the final hooter to complete the huge upset.
Korea, looking for their second win after downing New Zealand 4-1, went ahead through a 16th minute penalty corner conversion by Woon Kon Yeo, but Atif Bashir found parity by guiding home a rebound off a Tariq Imran hit in the 33rd minute.
Malaysia, a steadily improving team in the past couple of years showed all signs of having adapted the total hockey style imparted by Lissek, though the respected coach today was left watching his team bear the brunt.
Malaysian coach Stephen Van Huizen attributed team effort and discipline for the grand win.
I think all the players must be complimented for the effort. We rarely see Malaysian teams displaying patience in their game. Today, we did that and the players were able to capitalise on the fast break, he said.
The match started off with both sides settling down on their midfield play. The hosts were far sharper upfront and had two good chances to take the lead in the 7th and 20th minutes. Suhaimi and Chairil, however, were guilty of missing.
In the 31st minute, Malaysia earned their first penalty corner and two more followed with the hosts succeeding from the third.
Kuhans low flick
beat German goalkeeper Clemens Arnold for the half time
lead, but the European side bounced back when Malaysian
defence failed to clear the ball from the top of the
circle giving skipper Bechmann the opportunity to
Churchill, Bagan split points
CALCUTTA, Feb 17 (UNI) Calcutta giants Mohun Bagan received a jolt in their race for the National Football League title when they were held by league toppers Churchill Brothers 2-2 at Salt Lake Stadium here today.
The Goan outfit, trailing by a goal in each half, levelled the score in their favour and pocketed a valuable point to remain league toppers with 31 points.
The local favourites also earned one point, thereby increasing their tally to 29 and keeping their second spot intact.
Both the teams had played 15 matches so far in the league.
While Nigerian Stephen Abarowei and Uzbek Igor Shkvirin gave lead to Mohun Bagan in the fourth and 60th minute of play, equalisers from Goa outfit came in the eighth and 67th minutes through Francsis Silveira and Ghanian Osumanu Husseni.
The rivals were held 1-1 in their first leg encounter.
Mohun Bagan started on a promising note and almost scored in the third minute but medio James Singh shot over the bar despite Churchills goalie Edward Ansah coming out leaving the post empty.
But a minute later they succeeded through a header from Stephen who nicely put into the net an aerial pass from right back Amitava Chanda.
But the euphoria of the local supporters faded four minutes later as the highest scorer of the NFL, Francis Silveira, banking on a misunderstanding between stopper Omolo and goalie Sandup Nundy, brought in the equaliser for Churchill Brothers.
Sammy Omolo in a bid to play safe sent a back header to his custodian but a lurking Francis racing onto the ball chipped in 1-1. With this, Francis now has eight goals in his kitty.
The initial stage of the second half saw the visitors keeping up some pressure on the rival citadel and created some openings. But those were wasted as both Ukrainian Andriy Malchevsky and Mykola Shevchenko were off colour today.
Mohun Bagan surged ahead again in the 60th minute of play when Igor, also capitalising the misunderstanding in the Churchill defence, netted in 2-1. Anthony Periera tried to pass the ball to goalie Edward to save an impending attack but Igor swooped down and netted home.
Stung by the reverse, the Goanese launched an attack for restoring the parity and succeeded through Husseni 23 minutes before the long whistle. A kick from medio Somatai Shaiza was tapped by an unmarked Husseni from the danger area. The free kick was awarded to Churchill Brothers by referee Michel Andrews when substitute Basudeb Mondol tripped Andriy outside the box.
AFC to restructure competitions
MANILA, Feb 17 (AFP) The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is to look into restructuring its competitions after a string of massive scorelines in the qualifying rounds for Asian Cup Lebanon 2000, the AFC has announced.
Recent results have included a 19-0 victory for China over the tiny island of Guam and a 20-0 victory for Kuwait over international novices Bhutan.
The latter are only associate members of the AFC and were competing in their first major tournament after decades of isolation from the rest of the world.
Japan displayed slightly more restraint after their World Cup star Masashi Nakayama scored a hat-trick in the first three minutes against Brunei.
In the end the nation that until recently ranked among the worlds top 20 sides only won 9-0 in a match that Bruneis English coach Mick Jones had described beforehand as a damage limitation exercise.
Our priority is to give every one of our member nations the chance to compete and the opportunity to improve their football, explained AFC general secretary Peter Velappan.
Of course, this is not what we want, we want respectable scores. Clearly after such one-sided matches it is time for us to reconsider our structure.
We have such a huge variation in the standards of football across the continent that this is an ongoing problem, he said. It exists in the womens competitions where we have China, who are a world superpower, and other nations where the game is totally in its infancy.
The same applies in our youth competitions and indeed at times in the club competitions too. Dont forget that in the 1960s and 70s Japan used to lose games by 10 goals.
The only way they have got where they are now, at the top of the Asian game, is by learning from those defeats. Guam, for instance, are very philosophical. They say they know they have to lose in order to learn.
Maldives are an example of a nation that has benefited from an initially embarrassing defeat. Beaten by a record 17-0 against Iran in a World Cup 98 qualifying match played in Damascus, they return to the Syrian capital in March to face the Iranians again.
This time their game is in a far healthier state. A defeat that gave them unwanted global notoriety has resulted in far greater government support, which includes the recent opening of a brand new stadium for the national team.
Not all nations are as
lucky with support. Philippines, once a hotbed of
football in the 1950s, struggle on in the face of
popularity of basketball in the islands. They, like Guam,
recently had to contend with the worlds most
populous nation and emerged with a far from disastrous
Indian eves slump to defeat
NEW DELHI, Feb 17 (PTI) Top seeds and former champions Indonesia received a rude shock when Hong Kong toppled them 3-2 in a super league encounter even as Indian women virtually lost their hopes of entering the semifinals of the World Team Badminton Championships for the Uber Cup here today.
India crashed to an unassailable 1-3 defeat to Korea in the Thomas Cup, making it a do or die situation against Singapore for a semifinal berth.
Playing an attacking game, national champion Pullela Gopi Chand boosted Indias hopes with a 15-10, 13-15, 15-9 win over Seung Mo Shon in the opening encounter. The world number 32 Indian bared all the weapons in his armoury for the hard-fought victory in 95 minutes.
However, an off-colour Nikhil Kanetkar could not repeat yesterdays performance in the second singles and lost 6-15, 5-15 to Hyun Il, placed nine places below him in world rankings.
In the doubles, however, world champions Dong Moon Kim and Kwon Tae Ha put it across Ajit Wijetilek and Vincent Lobo 15-10, 15-0 in 33 minutes.
A few minutes later world number three pair Dong Soo Lee and Yong Sung Yoo beat Markose Bristow and Vijaydeep Singh 15-5, 15-10 to seal the tie 3-1 in Koreas favour.
Top seeded woman Lidya Djaelawijay took a game off her rival Wan Ting ling but the Hong Kong woman rallied to beat her much touted opponent 3-11 13-10 13-11 to put her country 1-0 ahead. A sea-saw battle continued till 2-2 before Hong Kong pulled off a shocker in the second doubles to seal their victory at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium.
A fighting display by Aparna Popat and Manjusha Kanwar, went in vain as India slumped against Chinese Taipei.
Both Aparna and Manjusha took a game each off their superior rivals after going down tamely in the first games but could not press home the advantage in the decider as the hosts were blanked 0-5 in their second super league group X match after bowing 1-4 to top seeded Indonesia last evening.
In other Uber Cup matches this morning, Korea blanked Singapore 5-0, and Japan beat qualifiers Thailand 3-2 in group Y.
Indias hopes of making a strong start through Aparna did not materialise as the Commonwealth Games womens singles silver medallist, world rank 29, lost 8-11 11-5 5-11 to Huang Chia-Chi, ranked nine spots higher, in the first singles.
B.R. Meenakshi then lost in straight games, 2-11 9-11 to Chan Ya-Li, the world no 35, as she failed to capitalise on a 9-7 lead in the second game while Manjusha was upset by lowly-ranked Chien Yu-Chin, who played far better than her ranking of 259 to down the Indian, placed 110th in the latest IBF rankings, 11-6 3-11 11-9 to clinch the issue.
With two top ranked doubles teams in its ranks, Chinese Taipei did not face many problems in the doubles as the world number 12 pair of Tsai Hui-Min/Chen Li-Chin defeated Manjusha Kanwar and Shruti S. Kurian 15-5 15-5 while Madhumita Bisht and P.V.V. Lakshmi went down 2-15 11-15 to Chien Hsai-Lin and Cheng Wen-Hsing, ranked 42nd in the world.
Hick engineers Zimbabwe win
BULAWAYO (Zimbabwe), Feb 17 (AFP) Zimbabwe-born Graeme Hick hit a majestic unbeaten 87 as he swept his adopted England to victory over his former colleagues here in the first of four one-day internationals yesterday.
His highest-ever innings against his compatriots, scored off 109 balls, enabled England to reach their target of 199 after Zimbabwe scored 194-7.
The difference in Englands required run rate is explained by the reduction of the match to 48 overs a side from the usual 50 because of a rain shower which interrupted play for 25 minutes.
Under the Duckworth-Lewis calculations, which govern international one-day cricket, the England target was extended by four runs.
Hicks knock took him to a career total of 3,420 one-day international runs, surpassing Alec Stewarts 3,378 and into pole position as Englands highest run-gatherer in this form of cricket.
As heavy rain clouds gathered during the England innings, Hick had to be mathematician as well as batsman as he calculated whether England were in front at various stages, based on the Duckworth-Lewis chart.
So intent were he and partner Mark Ealham on studying the figures that they found themselves batting at the wrong end of the wicket and the umpires not noticing the discrepancy.
Zimbabwe got off smartly in their innings, with Neil Johnson, Alistair Campbell and Stuart Carlisle immediately putting the run rate above four an over.
But just when Zimbabwe appeared comfortable at 83-1 they lost four quick wickets and their way.
The innings was only salvaged through a determined 55 not out by Grant Flower, batting down at number six for the first time.
Craig White and Alan Mullally were best value for England with three wickets each.
Johnson b Mullally 21
Campbell run out (White) 29
Carlisle c Hussain b White 30
Goodwin lbw b White 2
A. Flower c Hussain b Mullally 19
Flower not out 55
Wishart c Reed b Mullally 6
Streak c Hussain b White 16
Viljoen not out 0
Extras (lb-8 nb-3 w-5) 16
Total (for seven wickets, 48 overs) 194
Fall of wickets: 1-43 2-82 3-87 4-93 5-124 6-160 7-192
14 teams for cricket World Cup
JOHANNESBURG, Feb 17 (AFP) Fourteen teams will play in the 2003 cricket World Cup in South Africa, two more than the number who competed in England in 1999.
The change will mean guaranteed places for Bangladesh and Kenya, who will no longer have to play in a qualifying tournament.
The changes were agreed at a meeting of the International Cricket Council in Singapore last week, according to Dr Ali Bacher, managing director of the United Cricket Board of South Africa.
The decisions will require ratification at a full council meeting of the ICC in London in June.
Dr Bacher, who will be the 2003 World Cup Tournament Director, said the increase in the number of teams meant there would be 54 matches, up from 42 in 1999.
The teams will be split into two sections of seven. After each team has played six league matches, the top three from each section will go on to a Super Six phase, followed by semifinals and a final.
Dr Bacher said he was pleased with the decisions, which he said met the objective of spreading the game at top level to more countries without lowering the standard of the World Cup.
He said the granting of automatic places to Bangladesh and Kenya was a logical step after the two countries had been awarded official one-day international status by the ICC in 1997.
It would not have made sense for them to have to go through a qualifying process again, he said. Now they can make long-term plans knowing they will play in the World Cup.
Bangladesh and Kenya
will be joined by the nine Test nations and three teams
which will qualify through an ICC tournament for non-Test
countries in Toronto, Canada, in 2001. Dr Bacher has
previously indicated that the first World Cup in Africa
will feature matches in the other competing African
nations, with Zimbabwe playing all their group matches in
Zimbabwe and Kenya hosting some of their games.
Bengal pile up 194 for four
CALCUTTA, Feb 17 (UNI) Hosts Bengal squared up 194 for 4 in the first innings in reply to Delhis first innings score of 236 all out when the match was virtually called off 68 minutes before time owing to bad light on the second day of the four-day Ranji Trophy super league cricket tie here today.
At the time of suspension of play, Srikant Kalyani and Syed Saba Karim were batting on 23 and 11 respectively.
A sparkling 92 by Bengals Nikhil Haldipur and a sturdy 95 by Akash Chopra of Delhi besides a 127-run second wicket partnership between Haldipur and Rohan Gavaskar for Bengal were the highlights of the second days play.
Delhi (first innings) overnight 200 for six. Akash Chopra c S Ganguly b Utpal Chatterjee 95, Nikhil Chopra c Saba Karim b Sumit Panda 25, R Sanghvi c Haldipur b L R Shukla 9, S Gill b L R Shukla 3, Robin Singh (jr) not out 4, Extras (l b 5, nb 6, w 1) 12.
Total 236 all out in 105.3 overs.
Bowling: L R Shukla 28-8-70-4; Sumit Panda 12-2-39-1; Saurav Ganguly 18-1-50-2; Utpal Chatterjee 38.3-14-47-3; Wrichik Mazumder 3-0-11-0; Sourasish Lahiri 6-2-14-0.
Bengal (first innings): Nikhil Haldipur c Sanjay Gill b Rahul Sanghvi 92, Debang Gandhi c Vijay Dahiya b Sanjay Gill 0, Rohan Gavaskar c N Chopra b Rahul Sanghvi 53, Srikant Kalyani batting 23, Saurav Ganguly c Gautam Gambhira (sub) b N Chopra 5, S Saba Karim batting 11, Extras: ( b-5, lb-3, nb-2) 10.
Total: for 4 wkts 194 in 53.3 overs.
Fall of wkts: 1/4, 2/127, 3/166, 4/173.
Australia-NZ tie abandoned
WELLINGTON, Feb 17 (AP) Persistent rain forced the first limited-overs cricket international between New Zealand and Australia to be abandoned after 23 overs today.
The day-night match was abandoned at 6.15 p.m. (10.45 a.m. IST) with Australia well in control at 119 for one, with Matthew Hayden on 64 and Mark Waugh on 45.
Rain washed out play yesterday, and play today, the reserve day, was delayed for 90 minutes by a heavy downpour soon after the scheduled start time of 2 p.m. (6.30 a.m. IST).
Rain closed in again three hours later and there was no sign of improvement in the weather. The two sides travel to Auckland for the second one-dayer at Eden Park on Saturday.
Gilchrist c Fleming b Cairns 0
Waugh not out 45
Hayden not out 64
Extras (2b, 2lb, 2nb, 4w) 10
Total: (for 1 wkt, 23 overs) 119
Fall of wicket: 1/1
Bowling: Chris Cairns
5-0-21-1 (1nb, 3w), Warren Wisneski 6-0-30-0 (1nb, 1w),
Scott Styris 2-0-12-0, Daniel Vettori 5-0-19-1, Chris
Harris 3-0-16-0, Nathan Astle 2-0-17-0.
Akhtar decision a joke: Waugh
WELLINGTON, Feb 17 (Reuters) Australian captain Steve Waugh has described the decision to allow Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar to return to Test cricket as a joke.
Baboor ousted in semifinals
SINGAPORE, Feb 17 (AFP) Indias challenge ended in the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship here today when Chetan Baboor went down fighting to Englands Mathew Syed in the mens singles semifinals.
Baboor, the highest-ranked Indian paddler, lost in four games 19-21 21-19 16-21 14-21.
The former national champion, who had teamed up with India number two S. Raman to claim the mens doubles, earlier overcame stiff initial resistance from Nigerias Segun Toriola before winning 22-24 21-13 21-16 21-12 in the quarter-finals.
In the final, Syed will meet Singapores Duan Yong Jin, who dropped two games before beating Canadas Johnny Huang 21-16 13-21 11-21 21-8 21-19 in an engrossing contest.
The womens singles final will be an all-Singapore affair after Li Jia Wei and Jin Jung Hong won their semifinal matches in contrasting styles.
Challenging task for Haryana
ROHTAK, Feb 17 Haryana have a challenging job at hand in the Ranji Trophy super league cricket match against Saurashtra at Vishwakarma Stadium. After conceding 405 runs to Saurashtra Haryana lost four top-order batsmen for 184 when stumps were drawn today. Their immediate task now is to deny first innings lead to Saurashtra by scoring 221 runs more with six wickets in hand.
Earlier, resuming their innings at the overnight score of 285 for five, Saurashtra added another 120 runs in 178 minutes before their first innings folded up 28 minutes after lunch.
Haryana skipper Parinder Sharma claimed the new ball after Manish had bowled just one delivery in the morning with the old ball. But success came Haryanas way only in the seventh over of the day. Manish struck to dismiss the overnight not out batsman Bimal Jadeja on his individual score of 20. He was caught by Jitender at slip after failing to contact the ball properly while attempting a flick. He faced 87 balls during his stay of 122 minutes at the crease. Niraj Odedara was next to leave after being caught by Sanjay Dalal off Feroze Ghyas for 16. Hatish Prasanna contributed useful 43 with the help of six boundaries after facing 104 balls. He was caught by Pankaj Thakur off Vineet Jain in the covers when the batsman played an uppish shot on a slower one sent down by the bowler. Manoj Parmar also proved a useful contributor with 34 with the help of seven boundaries. He was bowled by Vineet Jain on an incoming delivery after missing the line of the ball completely. Dharmendra Chudasama remained not out on 4. A sizeable number of extras given away by Haryana helped Saurashtra to cross the 400 mark which appears to be a challenging total on this wicket.
Saurashtra (Ist Innings)
Vasant c Parinder b Feroze 14, Altaf c Sanjay b Vineet 8, Sitanshu b Pankaj 83, Prakash b Vineet 110, Vimal c Jitender b Shakhalkar 20, Firoz lbw Pankaj 7, Niraj c Sanjay b Feroz 16, Hitesh c Pankaj b Vineet 43, Manoj b Vineet 34, Dharmendra not out 4, Narendra run out 12.
Extras (b-12, lb-7, w-6, nb-29) 54
Total (all out in 128 overs) 405
Fall of wickets 1-24, 2-53, 3-238, 4-263, 5-281, 6-288, 7-314, 8-370, 9-393.
Vineet Jain 27-7-96-4, Feroz Ghyas 26-9-105-2, Manish Shakhalkar 24-6-61-1, Pankaj Thkur 36-13-74-2, Sanjay Dalal 13-3-40-0, Parinder Sharma 9-0-10-0.
Haryana (Ist Innings):
Jitender run our 51, Parinder St. Manoj b Kotak 43, Jasvir c Manoj b Parsanna 2, Sanjay c Altaf b Prasanna 1, Rajesh Batting 62, Ajay batting 13.
Extra (b-4, lb-4, nb-4)
Total for 4 wickets in 50 overs 184
Fall of Wickets:
1-99, 2-101, 3-101, 4-102.
Bowling: Narender Rana 9-3-37-0, Altaf Merchant 6-1-25-0, Niraj Odedara 6-2-9-0, Firoz Bambhania 5-0-18-0, Hitesh Parsanna 12-4-41-2, Dharmendra Chaudasama 9-3-42-0 (4nb)
School games at Anandpur Sahib
CHANDIGARH, Feb 17 Anandpur Sahib will witness a congregation of over 2500 sportspersons from schools of India in different age groups who will take part in the next edition of the 45th National School Games from February 21 to 26.
Stating this to newspersons here this afternoon Mr Pritam Singh Chhabra, secretary-general of the School Games Federation of India said competitions in baseball (under-19 boys and girls), boxing (boys-under 19), fencing (boys and girls-under 19) volleyball (under 14-boys and girls), hockey and handball (under-17 boys and girls) will be held at Anandpur Sahib. However, competitions in gymnastics (under-14, 17 and 19 both boys and girls) will be hosted at polo ground gymnasium hall, Patiala on the same dates.
Mr Chhabra who is also the Punjab state sports organiser, the hosts for these games, said earlier in November last, Moga and Patiala held contests in a few disciplines.
He further said that as the SGFI had taken up the challenging task of completing all the disciplines this year unlike last year when many contests could not be organised. Even in February when examinations of students were near, the SGFI decided to hold these games to ensure a chance to eligible players who could be on the verge of passing out from school next session. Already a few disciplines are in progress at Guna in MP which will continue till February 19. The remaining games were also delayed as the UT Education Department failed to organise them.
Mr Prakash Singh Badal, Chief Minister, will inaugurate the meet on February 21 at 2 p.m. Mr Chhabra further told that this year in October, Punjab would be the venue for Asian Schools Hockey Championship where players from nearly 10 countries are expected to take part. Two years back, Delhi was once considered as a venue but later the games were cancelled. Japan which is not a member country of the Asian School Sports Federation had desired to take part and as a special case it was allowed to take part in the Asian School Hockey Championship. In order to give international exposure to Indian school players, he said the cricket team will be playing in the United Kingdom as they have invited Asian countries for hosting the tournament in Cricket. Then the Asian School Table Tennis Tournament will be held in Hong Kong later this year, followed by the Asian Schools basketball meet to be held in Australia. The Indian schools team will also be sent to Dubai this year for a basketball tournament. Earlier last September the Indian schools lawn tennis team took part in first Asian school tennis meet and players like Sunil Kumar bagged a gold medal at these games.
Regarding Asian schools hockey in Punjab, Mr Chhabra said the main venues would be Amritsar and Jalandhar and players would be lodged at various hotels of Ludhiana and Jalandhar. The offer to play in these games will also be extended to Pakistan, but it depends on our future diplomatic relations, said the SGFI secretary.
India 16th in Asian football rankings
NEW DELHI, Feb 17 (PTI) India are ranked 16th in the latest Asian football rankings, placed immediately after Vietnam, Singapore and Qatar.
Champions in the inaugural 1951 Asian Games, India have 357 points in the ranking released by the Asian governing body as on February 16, an AFC release from Kuala Lumpur today said.
India are languishing at the 107th place in world rankings with the tiny Singapore four places ahead of them.
Saudi Arabia are ranked at the top with the side placed 40th in the world credited with 664 points. Iran Korea, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, China, Japan, Thailand, Kuwait and Iraq complete the list of top 10 countries.
GRD Academy register
LUDHIANA, Feb 17 Guru Nanak International Public School prevailed over CFC School 19-15 in the first match of the 50th Ludhiana District Basketball Championship for men and women at the Guru Nanak Stadium here today.
The winners were leading 8-5 at half time. Gurmeet Singh and Parminder with 8 and 6 points, respectively, excelled for the winners while Kunal (12) fought well for the losers.
In the second match, GRD Academy scored a thumping win (34-12) over Harkishan Public School after leading 21-8 at the breather. For GRD Academy, Amarnath (13) was the highest scorer who was ably assisted by Raman who contributed 8 points.
In the womens
section, Kamaljit Kaur (30), Harinder Kaur and Sukhpal
Kaur (16 points each) helped Khalsa Senior Secondary
School to thrash Young Club 62-10. For the losers, Rajni
scored all the 10 points. In the last match of the day,
PAU defeated S D Government College 47-36.
Paes lone Indian in main draw
MUMBAI, Feb 17 (PTI) Indian Davis Cupper Leander Paes is the only Indian in the main draw of the $ 50,000 Videocon ATP Challenger Tennis Tournament to be held at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) here from February 28 to March 4.
The tournament will feature players like Oleg Ogorodov of Uzbekistan, ranked 146th in the world, Tuomas Ketola of Finland (ranking 154), Igor Gaudi (187) and Andy Fahike of Germany (191) apart from Paes, who is ranked 140th, former Davis Cup non-playing captain Jaideep Mukherjea told reporters here yesterday.
The tournament is expected to be very exciting as the cut-off point of players in the main draw is 279 (ATP ranking) Mukherjea said.
Football trials on February 21
LUDHIANA, Feb 17 (FOSR) Trials to select Ludhiana football team (senior boys) will be conducted here at the Guru Nanak Stadium on February 21 at 11 a.m., according to Mr Tara Singh Lotey, secretary, district football association, Ludhiana.
Interested players should report to Mr Amritpal Singh Mavi, senior football coach, at the venue. The selected footballers will represent Ludhiana in the Punjab state senior football championship to be held at Bassi Pathana from February 23.
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