In a move deemed strange and irresponsible, a member of the Kuwait Volleyball Association and Head of the organizing committee of Kuwait Volleyball Association Championship Mohammad Al-Ansari denied the Under-15 volleyball team of Kuwait Sporting Club the honor of winning the championship cup by storming out of Yarmouk Sports Hall with the cup and the gold medals for the winning team.
This team had won the finals after defeating Al-Qadsiya team with a set score of 3/1. Kazema team came in third place.
After the Under-15 volleyball teams of Qadsiya and Kazema clubs were honored with their medals, and the first three players of the Under-15 volleyball team of Kuwait Sporting Club were given their gold medals, Al-Ansari decided to storm out of the hall with the rest of the gold medals and the cup, leaving the teams and the huge crowd of spectators shocked. Such an incident is unprecedented.
The board of Kuwait Volleyball Association is planning to take necessary action against Al-Ansari for his irresponsible, reckless and unacceptable action.
LAHORE: Pakistan after clinching the three One-day International matches series to the West Indies 2-1 has gained one ranking point to make it 90, strengthening their chances of qualifying for the ICC World Cup-2019, directly.
However, Pakistan’s position in the ICC ranking is unchanged as it is still at the eighth spot behind Bangladesh. However, after losing the series to Pakistan, the chances for the West Indies to directly qualify for the World Cup-2019 have further dented as it now has only 83 points to its name.
According to the ICC, host England and seven other countries have to qualify for the World Cup directly on the basis of their ICC world rankings, for which the cut-off date is Sept 30, 2017. The remaining four teams will come through a qualifying round to make it a 12-team event.
Meanwhile, upcoming stylish middle-order batsman Babar Azam, who aggregated 154 runs in the ODI series against the West Indies, including a century (125 not out) has improved his ICC ranking remarkably to stand at his career-best 8th place. Top scorer from Pakistan, Muhammad Hafeez (201 runs) also move back in top-20 places in the ranking as a batsman and by taking three wickets in the series he also improved his ranking as bowler by 10 points to come at 27th place.
Shoaib Malik is the second best run getter with a total of 163 runs in three matches.
“This was the final series before the annual update is carried out on 1 May to ensure the table continues to reflect teams’ recent form with older results being discarded. This means that when the ODI team rankings are overhauled on 1 May, the table will reflect all matches from May 1 2014 with matches played from May 1, 2016 to carry 100 per cent weighing,” a ICC press release said on Wednesday.
ICC ODI team rankings: South Africa119 points; Australia118; New Zealand113; India112; England108; Sri Lanka 98; Bangladesh 92; Pakistan 90; West Indies 83; Afghanistan 52; Zimbabwe 48; Ireland 42.
Foreign players have tentatively endorsed the return of international cricket to Pakistan after their whirlwind trip to Lahore for Sunday's heavily guarded Pakistan Super League (PSL) final.
Players including winning captain Darren Sammy detailed a journey involving bullet-proof buses and closed roads, before they were rushed straight back to the airport with no time for celebrations.
The rest of the Pakistan Super League was played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), but Sunday's incident-free final has opened the door to more international cricket with a World XI now scheduled to visit in September.
Several foreign players, including England's Kevin Pietersen and Luke Wright, skipped the final over safety fears, but Sammy praised the arrangements in Pakistan.
“Security was really tight,” the West Indian told AFP in Hong Kong, where he is playing this week's T20 Blitz competition.
“I only thought about security when I was on the bus,” added the two-time World Twenty20-winning captain, who led Peshawar Zalmi to a lopsided victory over Quetta Gladiators.
“Peshawar is like a family — once one foreign player was going there we were all going. It's like a brotherhood.”
A resurgence of attacks — including a suicide blast which killed 14 in Lahore — had raised concerns, but the final's successful staging was widely praised in Pakistan as a stand against militancy.
Asked whether international cricket should now return, Sammy replied: “It's not in my jurisdiction. Playing in Lahore was like playing anywhere in the world once I was in the stadium. The fans are just as passionate."
“It's a small step in the right direction — time will tell.”
'Airport, hotel, stadium, airport'
Team-mate and England international Chris Jordan said he weighed his decision carefully and spoke with his family before opting to play in Lahore.
Jordan said, “You have to ask the bigger heads over there” about playing more games in Pakistan. But he said he would be happy to return “with the same set-up”.
“That level of security did help to put the guys' minds at ease so that we could get on with the game and put on the performance that we did,” said Jordan.
“That level (of security) is a level that made everyone as comfortable as they needed to be.”
Sammy said the journey was “Airport, hotel, stadium, airport. 3am to 3am. It was more or less in and out”.
Another Peshawar player, West Indies all-rounder Rayad Emrit, was a late replacement for the final and travelled for 25 hours to play in Lahore.
“There's always risk if you're playing in Pakistan. But to be honest when we got there I felt safe,” he said, calling the sold-out Gaddafi Stadium “electrifying”.
“We had armoured vehicles, took us straight to the hotel. They closed off all the streets and then back to the ground where they did the same thing."
“From the game we headed straight to the airport... No time (to celebrate).”
KUWAIT CITY, Jan 9: The first basketball team of Kazma Club crushed Sulaibikhat team with a score of 87-53 in the sixth round of the Premier League. Jahra team dismissed Al-Shaban team with a score of 79-64. Al-Arabi defeated Al Tadhamon with a score of 64-55 and Al Nasser concluded the round with a deserved win against Yarmouk team by 76-57, reports Al-Seyassah daily.
With the end of the sixth round, the Orange Team (Kazma) shares the top spot with Jahra after collecting nine points from four wins and one defeat. Al-Kuwait team dropped to second position with eight points joined by Al-Arabi while Qadsiya is in third place with seven points.
The matches are being played in league style whereby the teams will now be divided into two groups. The first group “Super” includes the teams that took first six positions while the teams in seventh to 11th positions will play against each other to determine their positions. The top six teams go for playoffs.
The matches of the sixth round did not result in any surprises as all results were as expected. The Adailiya sons outclassed Sulaibikhat by more than 40 points.
Yarmouk did not perform as expected as they were run over by Jleeb sons who have taken a giant step to be included in the “Super” group. Jahra continued their run of victories to affirm their deserved top spot.
KUWAIT CITY, Jan 7: The horse Haya Taal from Al-Khattiya Stable won the Farwaniya Governor Horseracing Cup after winning the 2,800-meter race within 3:03:39 minutes. In second place was the horse Dibawi from Al-Khudr Stable, followed by the horse Shattan from Al-Murd Stable in third place.
According to a press release, Farwaniya Governor was represented at the venue by ret. Major General Ali Al-Daihani who was accompanied by the Head of Farwaniya Equestrian Club Mubarak Al-Daihani. They awarded the cup to the owners of the winning stables.
In the 1,800-meter race, the horse Sayyaf came first by clocking 1:57:52 minutes, followed by the horse Darawi from Al-Shallahi Stable in second place and the horse Dihaam Al-Khail from Al-Khodr Stable in third.
In the 1,200-meter race, the horse Akho Munira from the Stable of Children of Zamanan came first by completing the race in 1:26:72 minutes, followed by the horses Salateen and Al-Asifa from the same stable in second and third places respectively.
The horse Salman Al-Hazm from Awees Stable finished the 1,000-meter race in 1:02:09 minutes to take first place, followed by the horses Ezz Khaled and Salaam Yanasor from Ezz Stable in second and third places respectively.
In addition, the horse Mikhrab came first in the 2,000-meter race within 2:15:89 minutes, followed by the horse Dajeej from Duhaim Stable in second place and the horse Jahrani from Al-Rashidi Stable in third.
New Zealand took nine wickets in a dramatic final session of the second Test against Pakistan to win by 130 runs in Hamilton on Tuesday and clean sweep their series 2-0.
It was New Zealand's first series win over Pakistan since 1985.
Pakistan were faced with an imposing 369-run target in their second innings but set themselves up for a run-a-ball slog when they reached tea on the final day at 158-1.
The match edged towards a cliff-hanger finish before Tim Southee removed Pakistan's leading run scorer Sami Aslam for 91.
That started a rapid collapse which saw their last eight wickets fall for 49 in 20 overs with Neil Wagner taking the last three for no runs in just six deliveries.
The series win to New Zealand, after a first Test triumph in Christchurch, means Pakistan fall from second to fourth in the world rankings while New Zealand remain seventh.
After reaching tea on the final day needing 211 off 204 deliveries, Pakistan could only ponder whether they left their charge too late.
Openers Azhar Ali (58 off 161 deliveries) and Aslam (91 off 238) laid the platform with a record fourth innings opening stand for Pakistan of 131 but it lasted a time-consuming 60 overs before Azhar was dismissed.
The arrival of Babar Azam to the crease was a signal to lift the pace but the pitch was still offering support to the bowlers on the fifth day.
Azhar (58) played on trying to hit leg-spinner Mitchell Santner out of the ground and Azam (16) went in similar fashion on the fourth ball after tea.
Aslam, trying to raise the tempo having reached his highest Test score, mistimed a drive off Tim Southee to give Kane Williamson catching practice at mid-off.
Sarfraz Ahmed was run out for 19 off 21 and Asad Shafiq did not get off the mark. Veteran Younis Khan, on his 39th birthday, struggled to 11 before he went lbw to Southee.
Sohail Khan fell to Colin de Grandhomme for eight and Wagner removed Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Imran Khan all without scoring, leaving Mohammad Rizwan not out 13.
It was a Test that began with all the early signs in Pakistan's favour.
They won the toss on a lush green surface and celebrated with a wicket in the first over. But that bright start faded rapidly and in the end not even the loss of more than four sessions to rain could save them.
Reaching 369 would have meant over-taking the record successful fourth innings chase in New Zealand of 348-5 by the West Indies 47 years ago in Auckland.