The entire KC delegation to Malaysia celebrate the victory over Oman as Kuwait qualify for the Finals..
Kuwait City: Kuwait Cricket, the official governing body for cricket in Kuwait, has announced its squad for the upcoming U-19 Asia Cup Qualifiers (Western Region) to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 29th October to 8th November 2017 which include teams from Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Iran, Oman and the Maldives.
The winner of the tournament will qualify to play the U-19 Asia Cup against test playing nations Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan & Sri Lanka along with eastern region winners Nepal. The U-19 Asia Cup will also be hosted by Malaysia after the qualifying leg from 10th November to 20th November 2017.
The official photo shoot of Kuwait U-19 delegation along with the cultural and prestigious giving away of the Kuwait Cricket official cap to the selected players and officials took place at Doha Cricket ground on Wednesday 25th Oct in the presence of KC Board Members, Council members, sponsors, partners and support staff.
The ceremony was graced and addressed by the KC President Mr Haider Farman and KC vice president Mr Faisal Al Marzook who wished the entire delegation headed by Mr Mahmoud Bastaki good luck for the tournament.
Umer Slahuddin, a senior marketing executive at Kuwait Cricket conducted the ceremony and requested the KC Officials to say a few words starting from the President. Mr. Haider Farman passionately emphasized on unity and playing as a team as vital keys to success in the upcoming tournament. The President also thanked the entire council and management for their consistent efforts in preparation of the tournament that was initially meant to be hosted by Kuwait until unavoidable circumstances intervened. Mr Faisal Al Marzouk & Mr Mahmoud Bastaki seconded the views and comments of the President and further added self belief and giving 100% as a player regardless of the end result as essential components for an international event of high significance.
Mr Sajid Ashraf, directing the affairs of cricket in kuwait thanked the board for all the support provided and appreciated the hard work and efforts of Mr Robert Dsouza in managing the facilities and logistics along with the curators and ground staff at Doha & Sulaibiya cricket ground respectively. Mr Sajid also thanked the Principle sponsors MGA, IDP & Ashraf Group and co-sponsors Al Hafiz, Kuwait Swedish and Gulf Consult along with Sports Equipment sponsors AHS Sports & Mahaas Sports for their sincere support towards the game of cricket in Kuwait for domestic & international season 2016-2017. Mementos of appreciation from KC President Mr Farman and Vice President Mr Marzouk were given to the present sponsors Mr Hafiz Mohammad Shabbir of Al Hafiz Company for taking sincere care of all the print solutions requirements and to Mr. Asad Aleem Khan for providing unparalleled support for the security and cleaning arrangements of KC.
Mr Harshith Vora, Directing juniors cricket in Kuwait announced the squad and asked each player to come forward and collect their prestigious Kuwait Cricket cap from the Board members as well as the present council members starting from Mr Sudhakara Shetty, Mr Rishi D Jayan, Mr Robert Dsouza, Mr Naveen Dhanajayan, & Mr Mehboob Khan.
Mr Vora has spent a tremendous amount of time at the grounds and has been pivotal in preparation of the team along with the Head Coach Tahir Khan and assistant coach Jude D'Silva. The trio have picked the best possible squad in consensus with the board and council members and comes as the culmination of a 4-month selection and preparation camp conducted by KC with unprecedented facilities and practice matches being made available to the youngsters.
The selection process saw a record attendance of over 100 hopefuls which were originally narrowed down to 30 before reaching the final cup of 14 members and 4 reserves. Long serving coaches Tahir Khan and Jude D'Silva have put in an extraordinary amount of work with the boys training up to 5 times a week for a period of 4 months. KC has also brought Delhi based Collage Cricket Club to Kuwait to provide match practice to the U-19 boys apart from playing against some of the best division A and division B teams of Kuwait's domestic cricket.
Kuwait U-19 Squad & Delegation for ACC U-19 Asia Cup Qualifiers is as follows:
Noman Sidiq Budroo (Captain)
Abdul Haseeb (Vice Captain)
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Gokul Sunil Kumar
Govind Sunil Kumar
Hamza Ahmed Qureshi
Akhil Sajeev Nair
Jandu Hamoud Amanullah
Adnan Mohammad Sheik (reserve)
Faez Ahmed (reserve)
Venkata Sai (reserve)
Nipun Madushan (reserve)
Mohammad Tahir Khan (Head Coach)
Jude D'Silva (Assistant Coach)
Mr Mahmoud Bastaki (Head of Delegation)
Mr Sajid Ashraf (Official)
Mr Sudhakara Shetty (Manager)
The tournament kick starts with Kuwait taking on Maldives in the tournament opener on Tuesday, October 31st followed by Qatar & Iran. Top two from each group will qualify for the semis. The other group will see UAE, Bahrain & Oman fight it out for the semis spot.
Stay tuned at www.kuwait-cricket.com for all the live updates and follow the team live @kuwaitcricketofficial
MADRID: A Marco Asensio-inspired Real Madrid crushed Eibar 3-0 to close the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona to five points on Sunday, with Karim Benzema starting on the bench.
Asensio forced an own goal and scored the second as Real moved up to third place with 20 points, one behind second-placed Valencia and one ahead of Atletico Madrid, who beat Celta Vigo 1-0 away thanks to a Kevin Gameiro strike.
Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to pick up FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award in London for his goals in helping Real land a Champions League and La Liga double for the first time in 59 years earlier in the year.
Yet, the Portuguese’s off colour La Liga form this season continued as it was Asensio who shone as his partner up front.
The 21-year-old got Real going in the 18th minute when his well-placed cross meant for Sergio Ramos was headed into the net by Eibar defender Paulo Oliveira.
Asensio put the result beyond doubt 10 minutes later at the Santiago Bernabeu when he drove Francisco “Isco” Alarcon’s cross under goalkeeper Marco Dmitrovic.
Marcelo rounded off the victory in the 82nd after substitute Benzema set him up.
Following a rocky start with only two wins in the first five rounds, Zinedine Zidane’s team has now won four straight in the league.
“Not everything went perfectly, but we are happy for the win,” Zidane said. “It was important to get the three points and to score that many goals.”
Earlier, Gameiro’s strike earned Atletico the points in Galicia where Celta, in 10th spot, impressed but could not break down Diego Simeone’s typically rock-solid backline.
Gameiro blasted home in the 28th minute from close range, against the run of play, after a corner bounced to him fortuitously.
“I’ve come through a difficult time,” Gameiro, who missed the start of the season through injury, told BeIN Sports Spain. “Now that I am able to play, I can help the team and score goals.”
Leganes moved up to fifth with a 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao thanks to a brilliant individual goal from Claudio Beauvue, while Villarreal thrashed Las Palmas 4-0 to go sixth, sending the islanders down to third-bottom.
Published in Dawn, October 24th, 2017
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Pakistani-born American billionaire Shahid Khan says United States (US) President Donald Trump is “jealous” of the NFL and trying to soil its image in “personal” attacks in an interview with USA Today published on Thursday.
The 67-year-old who also owns English football club Fulham, spoke at an NFL owners meetings in New York, where team owners and players met to discuss Trump's call for the league to force all players to stand for the pre-game playing of the US national anthem.
“This is a very personal issue with him,” Khan told the newspaper, calling Trump “a divider, not a uniter” and noting Trump's failed 2014 bid to purchase the NFL's Buffalo Bills.
“He has been elected President, where maybe a great goal he had in life ─ to own an NFL team ─ is not very likely,” Khan said. “So to make it tougher, or to hurt the league, it's very calculated.”
Khan, who purchased the Jaguars in 2011 for $760 million, linked arms with players during the US anthem in September in the days after Trump first spoke out against NFL players kneeling in protest during the anthem, calling for them to be fired.
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the protest kneel move last year to raise awareness of racial inequality and social injustice issues in the wake of several fatal police shootings of unarmed African-Americans.
Trump has accused players of insulting the flag, the nation and its soldiers by kneeling for the anthem while players have steadfastly denied any such motives.
Many teams have interlocked arms in unity during the anthem with some players kneeling at games across the league, using the very freedoms the US flag represents.
Khan said the NFL issue is a lesser one compared to the ethnic and religious insults and remarks Trump has uttered since starting his run for office.
“Let's get real,” Khan told USA Today. “The attacks on Muslims, the attacks on minorities, the attacks on Jews ─ I think the NFL doesn't even come close to that on the level of being offensive.”
“Here, it's about money, or messing with ─ trying to soil a league or a brand that he's jealous of.”
Trump tweeted Wednesday in the wake of the NFL refusing to require players stand during the anthem that the league was showing “total disrespect” for the nation.
The NFL remains the most popular US sports league and the world's richest sports league at $3.2 billion in total income, its 32 teams averaging $2.5bn in value.
The Dallas Cowboys are valued at a league-high $4.8bn with a Bills at a low of $1.6bn in Forbes magazine's list of team worth published last month.
Khan was among seven NFL team owners who made financial contributions to Trump, donating $1m to his inauguration fund, a move he says he does not regret.
“I have no regrets in life,” Khan said. “This ugly, toxic side sours the whole experience.”
ABU DHABI: A century on debut by opener Imam-ul-Haq helped Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the third one-day international in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
Paceman Hasan Ali took a career best 5-34 to dismiss Sri Lanka for 208 in 48.2 overs before Imam-ul-Haq scored 100 off 125 balls as Pakistan reached the target with 7.3 overs to spare.
The century by the 21-year-old is only the second by a Pakistani cricketer on ODI debut. Saleem Elahi holds the record for highest score by a Pakistani on ODI debut, scoring 102 not out against Sri Lanka at Gujranwala in 1995.
Pakistan had brought in uncapped Imam-ul-Haq for Ahmed Shehzad, who failed to perform with the bat in the opening two matches of the series.
Pakistan were off to a steady start and reached the 50-run mark without the loss of any wickets in the third ODI at Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman were putting runs up on the board in a steady fashion and looked comfortable at the crease
During the first innings, energetic seamer Hasan Ali became the quickest player to reach 50 one-day international wickets for Pakistan as Sri Lanka were dismissed for 208.
The 23-year-old took a career-best 5-34 and was ably assisted by leg-spinner Shadab Khan (2-37) as Sri Lanka, who won the toss and batted, lost their last nine wickets for only 106 runs.
Sri Lanka were off to a solid start but faltered against a determined Pakistan bowling attack as they lost wickets in quick succession in the middle of the innings.
Sri Lanka skipper Upul Tharanga (61) and Niroshan Dickwella (18) put on 59 for the first wicket, but from 102-1 in the 26th over their innings was derailed by Pakistani bowlers.
Shadab, man-of-the-match for his 52 not out and 3-47 in the second game on Monday, had Dinesh Chandimal (19) leg-before and Tharanga caught in the deep.
Tharanga, who hit a brilliant 112 not out in the previous match, hit five boundaries during his 80-ball knock.
Hasan, who had given Pakistan the early breakthrough with Dickwella's wicket, removed Chamara Kapugedera (18), Milinda Siriwardana (two) and Jeffrey Vandersay (nought) to complete 50 wickets in his 24th ODI.
The previous record was held by legendary paceman Waqar Younis, who took 27 ODIs to reach the mark.
Hasan's previous best bowling figures were 5-38 against the West Indies in Guyana earlier this year.
Lahiru Thirimanne (28) and Thisara Perera (38) took Sri Lanka past the 200 mark.
Pakistan now have an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series after winning the first match by 83 runs in Dubai and a 32-run victory in Abu Dhabi.
The latest defeat becomes Sri Lanka's 10th in a row. For Pakistan, it was the seventh consecutive win in ODIs and the ninth victory in the last 11 matches.
The fourth and fifth ODIs will be played in Sharjah on October 20 and 23. The two teams will also play three T20 internationals, the first two in Abu Dhabi (October 26 and 27) and the last in Lahore (October 29).
Pakistan's international cricketers are among the worst paid in the world, figures collected by ESPNcricinfo reveal.
It notes that although Pakistan's top tier cricketers make as much as those of other nations with comparable revenues, they manage to do this only by playing more matches in the year since their basic retainers are much lower.
Sarfraz Ahmed, for example makes $300,000 in a year but is likely to lose much more in monetary terms if he suffers an injury, compared to counterparts Kane Williamson, Jason Holder and Angelo Mathews.
This is despite the fact that the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) revenues are comparable to those of New Zealand, West Indies and Sri Lanka's boards, the report noted.
Surprisingly, the retainers of top tier players for the Champions Trophy winners are less than those of Ireland, which has yet to play a Test match.
One of the reasons for this disparity is the lack of a players' association in the country, while most other cricketing nations now have them.
Interestingly, Indian players too are facing this particular disadvantage when negotiating with their cricket board, since they too lack a player's association like their neighbours.
The cricket boards of the two countries, however, justify the move saying that they contract more players than most other boards in the world — a claim which the ESPNcricinfo finds largely correct. This brings slightly greater equality in the earnings between top tier and prospective international players.
Yet, it pays to be the coach of a sub-continental team. Pakistan's Mickey Arthur, for example earns three times more than a Pakistani player in the top category and Indian coach Ravi Shastri makes a whopping $1.17m, which is higher than Indian skipper Virat Kohli's earnings from contracts and match fees.
Australia's Steven Smith is the highest paid cricketer in the world with annual earning from contracts and match fees standing at $1.47m, while England's Joe Root makes $1.38m and Kohli earns $1m.
Compared to player earnings in other sports, however, cricketers are at a clear disadvantage monetarily as the highest earners in football, Formula One, basketball, golf and tennis all make astronomically more money than the highest paid cricketers.