KUWAIT CITY, Jan 18: Kuwait emerged winners of the His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah 9th International Shooting Grand Prix, which concluded on Friday, January 17 at the Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Olympic Shooting Complex.
According to a press release, Kuwait won a total of seven medals – two gold, two silver and three bronze. Serbia came second with four medals – two gold, one silver and one bronze, followed by Czech Republic with two gold medals, Italy with five medals – one gold, three silver and one bronze, Kazakhstan with six medals – one gold, two silver and three bronze, and the United Arab Emirates and Greece with one gold medal each.
Bulgaria and Pakistan won one silver medal each, and Armenia and Lithuania won a bronze medal each. Kuwait’s Khalifa Al-Shalash won gold medal in the skeet category after hitting 177 targets in eight rounds within two days. Ghazi Al-Daihani won the silver after hitting 171 targets.
Mu’az Al-Rashed won the bronze medal after hitting 169 targets. Head of Kuwait and Arab shooting federations, and Head of the organizing committee Du’aij Al- Otaibi handed over the medals to the winners and congratulated them.
Meanwhile, Head of the Asian Shooting Federation Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud praised the efforts exerted by the organizing committee that met the good reputation of Kuwait in the field of shooting sport. He also praised the advanced level of the participating teams.
KUWAIT CITY, Jan 7, (KUNA): The Kuwait Olympic Committee has made changes to its stature and adopted its competitor ethics list as requested by the International Olympics Committee, an official said on Monday. They include amendments to the voting mechanism for sports sub committees, Kuwait Olympic Committee Secretary Husain Al-Musallam told reporters. Players of different sports will be asked to vote in their respective representative. The new measures were approved in a meeting attended by sports associations and sports club representatives in the country.
CAPTAINCY is a huge responsibility whoever is entrusted with the mantle. It is generally considered a job of honour and pride because not every individual gets the tag. While some are born leaders, others go through the hard grind to justify their acclaimed status. The sacking of Sarfraz Ahmed from two formats of Pakistan captaincy wasn’t unexpected given the run of lows in the wicket-keeper’s overall form with the bat.
Removing the 32-year-old from the leadership of the Test team was on the anvil but his sudden ouster as the T20 captain has certainly taken some by surprise, despite Pakistan’s embarrassing 3-0 whitewash to seventh-ranked Sri Lanka in the recent home series, because he has previously led the country to an unprecedented 11 series wins on the trot and the ICC No.1 ranking in the format.
In the new set-up of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Sarfraz knew at the back of his mind that there would be no easy time forthcoming and the Sri Lanka T20 debacle was the last straw. The PCB regime wanted their incumbent team leader to abdicate the crown amicably and go out with his dignity intact. Upon refusal to comply the request — which was a justifiable move one must admit, given the stature attached to the post — Sarfraz further complicated his already vulnerable position. Even though, he had refused to lead Sindh in the ongoing National T20 Cup in Faisalabad.
The formula is simple whatever we all do in life as professionals: either one has to perform in order to remain in the job or get the sacking, as Sarfraz has done now after Wasim Khan, the PCB chief executive, showed up in Faisalabad the other day specifically to indulge in a one-to-one chat. This was an example of complete ignorance on Sarfraz’s part because he wasn’t prepared to understand the complexities of his weakened stance in the wake of the T20 losses against Sri Lanka.
Fearing the possible ramifications of what Pakistan will find Down Under against Australia, who are always very hard competitors in their own backyard, in a couple of weeks from now, the PCB has, in fact, done Sarfraz a big favour because more of the same results would have been killer-blow for his career.
Sarfraz would also be the first to realise — something he must be made to understand by everyone who is very close to the man — for his own sake a break at this phase of his international career would definitely do him a world of good. Except for a very brief period in the summer of 2015, Sarfraz had been constantly on the move in Pakistan colours since Adnan Akmal suffered a fractured thumb during the second Test of the 2013-14 series in the United Arab Emirates.
The deterioration in his form has been the real worry for a national team which has its lows, and occasional highs, because Sarfraz has got embroiled in situations where he appeared to be completely hapless as captain. In the first post-Misbah/Younis Test series, Pakistan inexplicably lost 2-0 to Sri Lanka on the familiar UAE pitches where visiting sides had usually bit the dust. This dose was repeated in the emirates by New Zealand last year when they nailed Sarfraz’s men 2-1.
His overall statistics across all formats are still much more respectable than a number of players who have had donned the Pakistan cap. But since becoming captain, Sarfraz never reached three figures — getting dismissed in the nervous 90s on several occasions — while his last significant score was 97 against England during the ODI series, just prior to the World Cup.
While Sarfraz averages a healthy 36.39 in 49 Tests for someone who bats regularly at No.7, his figures as captain of the longest format are quite disappointing — 25.81 in 13 Tests from which he accumulated only 568 runs — while he also shared a dubious landmark with Faf de Plessis, another embattled Test leader who is struggling to keep South Africa’s reputation intact, when the two provided the first — and only thus far — instance of both captains bagging pairs in the same Test when Pakistan toured the rainbow nation last season.
However, Sarfraz has done reasonably well on the limited-overs front. The skipper of Pakistan’s 2017 ICC Champions Trophy-winning squad averages a decent 33.90 from 116 One-day Internationals given his unstable positioning in the batting order, while his stats as captain are almost as good (32.16) in 50 one-dayers.
Another point of concern in Sarfraz’s case, according to those who were critical of his promotion to the Pakistan captaincy, always remained the way he handled the media briefings. Banter or two from him sent everyone into fits of laughter, the joke over rain during the ODI series in Karachi was perhaps his final laugh.
He may not have come from an aristocratic background but Sarfraz’s humbleness has been a plus point in his cricketing life, that initially brought him into limelight with the U-19 World Cup glory in February 2006 when Pakistan defeated India in the final at Colombo. Apart from the unfortunate Andile Phehlukwayo episode — that forced ICC to ban him for four internationals — Sarfraz had come through a tough journey since the beginning of his Pakistan career.
But now Sarfraz braces for the biggest test of his career yet. He knows he has got to perform, no matter what, to reclaim his spot in the Pakistan team. Being a fighter in his entire life, he does have the capability to prove critics wrong. The road to redemption has already began for one of the gutsiest cricketers produced by the country.
Published in Dawn, October 19th, 2019
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This is a huge milestone for #KC as for the first time in the history of Kuwait’s cricket, a national lady (Ms Awatif - a renowned name in International Sports - Shooting Champion) is going to participate in a level 1 cricket coaching course and the entire fraternity is extremely hopeful that this is bound to inspire a generation of national girls to come forward and take up the game of cricket at an early age.
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Sri Lanka stunned Pakistan by 35 runs in the second Twenty20 international in Lahore on Monday.
The visitors had set a target of 183 runs for Pakistan to save the series, but the hosts were bowled out for 147 with one over to spare.
Rajitha sent Fakhar Zaman (6 runs) back to the pavilion while Pradeep took the wicket of Babar Azam (3 runs) in the third and fourth overs, respectively. The eighth over of the innings was the most disastrous for the host team as Hasaranga dismissed Ahmed Shehzad (13), Umar Akmal (0) and skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed (26) on the third, fourth and sixth ball of the over.
Udana took the wicket of Imad Wasim (47) in the 16th over, while Pradeep sent Wahab Riaz (7) back on the last ball of the 17th over. Udana also dismissed Shadab Khan (0) on the first ball of the 18th over while Pradeep sent Asif Ali (29) and Mohammad Hasnain (1) away in the 19th over.
Earlier, Bhanuka Rajapaksa smacked an aggressive maiden half-century as the visitors made 182-6 against Pakistan.
The 27-year-old left-hander, playing only his second T20I, blasted 77 off 48 balls in an innings featuring six sixes and four boundaries after Sri Lanka won the toss and batted.
Rajapaksa added 94 for the third wicket with Shehan Jayasuriya, who made a 28-ball 34 with four boundaries.
Sri Lanka kept the same team which upset Pakistan, the world's number one T20 team, in the first match by 67 runs on Saturday.
The Green Shirts, who had never lost a T20 series in six attempts to Sri Lanka before today, brought in paceman Wahab Riaz and opener Fakhar Zaman in place of Iftikhar Ahmed and Faheem Ashraf.
The third and final match will be played at the same venue on Wednesday.
Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Umar Akmal, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan
Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (captain), Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Minod Bhanuka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha
Umpire: Aleem Dar (PAK) and Ahsan Raza (PAK); Tv umpire: Shozab Raza (PAK); Match referee: David Boon (AUS)
KARACHI, Pakistan, Sept 30, (AP): Pakistan marked the return of ODI cricket in Karachi after 10 years with a 67-run victory over Sri Lanka in the second one-day international on Monday.
Babar Azam formed the backbone of Pakistan’s strong total of 305-7 as he smashed 115 off 105 balls. Babar also became the fastest Pakistani batsman to complete 1,000 ODI runs in a calendar year in 19 matches.
In the absence of some key players who pulled out of the tour due to security concerns, Sri Lanka was bowled out for 238 in 46.5 overs.
Shehan Jayasuriya (96) missed out on a maiden ODI hundred and Dasun Shanaka made a career-best 68 before both fell in successive overs after sharing a century partnership.
Left-arm fast bowler Usman Shinwari rattled Sri Lanka’s inexperienced top order and reduced the visitors to 28-5 before Jayasuriya and Shanaka shared a 177-run sixth-wicket stand.
Shinwari returned and broke the partnership by having Jayasuriya caught behind and finished with 5-51. Shanaka was brilliantly snapped at midwicket by the diving Fakhar Zaman off leg-spinner Shadab Khan (2-76) in the next over.
A power failure at the National Stadium disrupted play for 26 minutes during Sri Lanka’s run-chase when one of the six floodlight towers malfunctioned twice. It was not a packed house at the 32,000-capacity National Stadium, where Sri Lanka was the last team to play an ODI in 2009. But still around 12,000 cricket enthusiasts braved the strict security checkpoints under hot and humid conditions and were enthralled by Babar’s imperious 11th ODI hundred that featured eight fours and four sixes.
Pakistan, which won the toss and opted to bat, got off to a good start with Fakhar (54) and Imam-ul-Haq (31) adding 73 runs for the opening stand.
Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga (2-63) got two wickets by removing both openers before Babar took charge. He shared a 111-run stand with Haris Sohail (40) before holing out at wide long on in the 46th over as Pakistan looked for quick runs in the final overs.
F. Zaman c Udana b Hasaranga 54
Imam ul-Haq lbw Hasaranga 31
B. Azam c Hasaranga b Kumara 115
H. Sohail run out (Samarawickrama) 40
S. Ahmed run out (Thirimanne) 8
I. Ahmed not out 32
I. Wasim c O. Fernando b Udana 12
W. Riaz run out (Hasaranga) 2
Extras: (8lb, 1nb, 2w) 11
Total: (7 wkts, 50 overs) 305
Fall of Wickets: 1-73 (ul-Haq), 2-104 (Zaman), 3-215 (Sohail), 4-242 (Ahmed), 5-261(Azam), 6-278 (Wasim), 7-305 (Riaz)
Did Not Bat: Khan, Amir, Shinwari
Bowling: Jayasuriya 10-1-48-0, Pradeep 9-0-59-0, Udana 9-0-60-1-6, Kumara 10-0-59-1, Gunathilaka 2-0-8-0, Hasaranga 10-0-63-2
D. Gunathilaka c Wasim b M. Amir 14
S. Samarawickrama b Shinwari 6
A. Fernando c Zaman b Shinwari 0
O. Fernando lbw Wasim 1
L. Thirimanne c S. Ahmed b Shinwari 0
S. Jayasuriya c S. Ahmed b Shinwari 96
D. Shanaka c Zaman b S. Khan 68
W. Hasaranga c I. Ahmed b S. Khan 30
I. Udana c S. Ahmed b Shinwari 1
L. Kumara lbw Riaz 1
N. Pradeep not out 0
Extras: (1b, 15lb, 5w) 21
Total: (all out, 46.5 overs) 238
Fall of Wickets: 1-18 (Samarawickrama), 2-22 (Gunathilaka), 3-22 (A. Fernando), 4-22 (Thirimanne), 5-28 (O. Fernando), 6-205 (Jayasuriya), 7-205 (Shanaka), 8-211 (Tillakaratna), 9-232 (Kumara), 10-238 (De Silva)
Bowling: M. Amir 7-1-21-1, Shinwari 10-1-51-5, Wasim 7-1-38-1, Riaz 9-0-27, S. Khan 9.5-0-76-2, I. Ahmed 4-1-9-0
Match Result: Pakistan win by 67 runs
Umpires: Michael Gough, Shozab Raza
TV Umpire: Joel Wilson
Match Referee: David Boon