Kenya November 13, 2006

Same old Kenyan bias

This column has flagged on several occasions the slanted reporting of one or two journalists in Nairobi’s Nation newspaper, and that bias has again surfaced with quotes from Sharad Ghai, the larger than life former board chairman, following the





Sharad Ghai: blame it on the rain © Cricinfo
This column has flagged on several occasions the slanted reporting of one or two journalists in Nairobi’s Nation newspaper, and that bias has again surfaced with quotes from Sharad Ghai, the larger than life former board chairman, following the abandonment of the ICC Intercontinental Cup tie against Bermuda.

“We had a golden opportunity to win," Ghai told the newspaper. “When drawing the fixtures Kenya should have considered the weather pattern. India will not agree their fixtures to be drawn for June because of Monsoon rains"

The Nation, so ready to quote the former board chairman, fails to mention that when Ghai was in charge rain was not an issue as almost no matches took place. The final home game under his tenure was an ICC Intercontinental Cup match held in … October …only four weeks earlier than the one he moaned about. And it is worth noting that on that occasion Kenya were forced to field a second XI as all leading players were on strike in a long-running dispute with Ghai’s board.

But, as the Nation’s journalists would have you believe, those were the good old days.

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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  • samad parkar on November 18, 2006, 18:09 GMT

    Sharad Hhai comes from a well known sporting family and he should know better,rather then making cheap comments,that even if god wanted he could not do nothing regarding the weather. Global climate change is what is the root problem all over the world.

  • Abdullah on November 15, 2006, 13:02 GMT

    Well lets look at the negativity of the journalists with some positivity.....sometime it is good to have an opposition side to keep those in power on their toes. I think at long last Kenyan cricket is heading the right way!

  • Hubub on November 15, 2006, 7:27 GMT

    The problem seems to be that when he was in a position to do something, Ghai sat on his ample backside and allowed the game to go to the dogs. Only now, when he has ruined Kenyan cricket does he start criticizing. The other issue is the bias of the Nation and its reporters. They pretend to be journalists when they are little more than stooges.

  • Mahendra Shah on November 15, 2006, 6:28 GMT

    KYLIE is right that Sharad Ghai has right to comment on any issues. But that is not the bone of contention. The major issue here is that the reporters quote him without any cross references. For example when Ghai told the reporter that 'matches should not be held during rainy season' it was the reporter's duty to have quoted Ghai as well as challenged him that matches have taken place in Kenya during Oct-Nov when Ghai was at the helm. That would have completed the story in a fair manner.

  • Kylie on November 14, 2006, 17:15 GMT

    Sharad Ghai has as much a right to air his opinion as any other Kenyan. The fact that he spoke out, and was quoted, does not mean we demean him so. He is no longer the CK boss, yes, but he is still involved in cricket, and can open his mouth and speak out like any other guy. If you have an opinion, speak it out, but let others also have their say. It is still a free country, remember!

  • Nasoor Verjee on November 14, 2006, 10:01 GMT

    Ghai is being nothing but a nuisance. I am glad that you have cleared the issue of this fixture being an ICC Intercontinental Cup fixture drawn up almost a year ago a fact that is well known not only to Ghai but the local media as well.

    Just to let your readers know, this same Ghai when he was fixtures secretary to the defunct KCA arranged a number of fixtures in the same month of Nov - notably West Indies and Karnataka.

  • Hubub on November 14, 2006, 9:09 GMT

    Surely the newspapers owners need to look at why their reporters keep backing people like Ghai and criticize the new board. Under Ghai kenyan cricket was a disgrace, so what the hell gives him the right to attack the new board when he was responsible for most of the mess that almost killed the game. Time for the Fat Man to disappear for good.

  • Caleb Opuka on November 14, 2006, 9:04 GMT

    Mr. Ghai is a spent force. But some reporters run after him for comments. Why get comments from a man who fell from power so disgracefully?

  • Zoeb Tayebjee on November 14, 2006, 8:36 GMT

    Sharad Ghai, having been in cricket mainstream for more than 15 years, should have known that ICC continental Cup fixtures are drawn by ICC and not Cricket Kenya. If Ghai was quoted, as he was, the reporter should have taken some trouble to find out if international matches were played in Kenya during October and November - the rainy season. Records would show that Cricket has never stopped during these months. The 2002 Champions Trophy was played in Sri Lanka during Monsoon, and in the entire competition, only the last two matches were washed out, with India and Sri Lanka sharing the trophy. During the Ghai tenure reporters were feted with lunches at press conferences and briefings. Now, it's no more the case.

  • samad parkar on November 18, 2006, 18:09 GMT

    Sharad Hhai comes from a well known sporting family and he should know better,rather then making cheap comments,that even if god wanted he could not do nothing regarding the weather. Global climate change is what is the root problem all over the world.

  • Abdullah on November 15, 2006, 13:02 GMT

    Well lets look at the negativity of the journalists with some positivity.....sometime it is good to have an opposition side to keep those in power on their toes. I think at long last Kenyan cricket is heading the right way!

  • Hubub on November 15, 2006, 7:27 GMT

    The problem seems to be that when he was in a position to do something, Ghai sat on his ample backside and allowed the game to go to the dogs. Only now, when he has ruined Kenyan cricket does he start criticizing. The other issue is the bias of the Nation and its reporters. They pretend to be journalists when they are little more than stooges.

  • Mahendra Shah on November 15, 2006, 6:28 GMT

    KYLIE is right that Sharad Ghai has right to comment on any issues. But that is not the bone of contention. The major issue here is that the reporters quote him without any cross references. For example when Ghai told the reporter that 'matches should not be held during rainy season' it was the reporter's duty to have quoted Ghai as well as challenged him that matches have taken place in Kenya during Oct-Nov when Ghai was at the helm. That would have completed the story in a fair manner.

  • Kylie on November 14, 2006, 17:15 GMT

    Sharad Ghai has as much a right to air his opinion as any other Kenyan. The fact that he spoke out, and was quoted, does not mean we demean him so. He is no longer the CK boss, yes, but he is still involved in cricket, and can open his mouth and speak out like any other guy. If you have an opinion, speak it out, but let others also have their say. It is still a free country, remember!

  • Nasoor Verjee on November 14, 2006, 10:01 GMT

    Ghai is being nothing but a nuisance. I am glad that you have cleared the issue of this fixture being an ICC Intercontinental Cup fixture drawn up almost a year ago a fact that is well known not only to Ghai but the local media as well.

    Just to let your readers know, this same Ghai when he was fixtures secretary to the defunct KCA arranged a number of fixtures in the same month of Nov - notably West Indies and Karnataka.

  • Hubub on November 14, 2006, 9:09 GMT

    Surely the newspapers owners need to look at why their reporters keep backing people like Ghai and criticize the new board. Under Ghai kenyan cricket was a disgrace, so what the hell gives him the right to attack the new board when he was responsible for most of the mess that almost killed the game. Time for the Fat Man to disappear for good.

  • Caleb Opuka on November 14, 2006, 9:04 GMT

    Mr. Ghai is a spent force. But some reporters run after him for comments. Why get comments from a man who fell from power so disgracefully?

  • Zoeb Tayebjee on November 14, 2006, 8:36 GMT

    Sharad Ghai, having been in cricket mainstream for more than 15 years, should have known that ICC continental Cup fixtures are drawn by ICC and not Cricket Kenya. If Ghai was quoted, as he was, the reporter should have taken some trouble to find out if international matches were played in Kenya during October and November - the rainy season. Records would show that Cricket has never stopped during these months. The 2002 Champions Trophy was played in Sri Lanka during Monsoon, and in the entire competition, only the last two matches were washed out, with India and Sri Lanka sharing the trophy. During the Ghai tenure reporters were feted with lunches at press conferences and briefings. Now, it's no more the case.

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  • Zoeb Tayebjee on November 14, 2006, 8:36 GMT

    Sharad Ghai, having been in cricket mainstream for more than 15 years, should have known that ICC continental Cup fixtures are drawn by ICC and not Cricket Kenya. If Ghai was quoted, as he was, the reporter should have taken some trouble to find out if international matches were played in Kenya during October and November - the rainy season. Records would show that Cricket has never stopped during these months. The 2002 Champions Trophy was played in Sri Lanka during Monsoon, and in the entire competition, only the last two matches were washed out, with India and Sri Lanka sharing the trophy. During the Ghai tenure reporters were feted with lunches at press conferences and briefings. Now, it's no more the case.

  • Caleb Opuka on November 14, 2006, 9:04 GMT

    Mr. Ghai is a spent force. But some reporters run after him for comments. Why get comments from a man who fell from power so disgracefully?

  • Hubub on November 14, 2006, 9:09 GMT

    Surely the newspapers owners need to look at why their reporters keep backing people like Ghai and criticize the new board. Under Ghai kenyan cricket was a disgrace, so what the hell gives him the right to attack the new board when he was responsible for most of the mess that almost killed the game. Time for the Fat Man to disappear for good.

  • Nasoor Verjee on November 14, 2006, 10:01 GMT

    Ghai is being nothing but a nuisance. I am glad that you have cleared the issue of this fixture being an ICC Intercontinental Cup fixture drawn up almost a year ago a fact that is well known not only to Ghai but the local media as well.

    Just to let your readers know, this same Ghai when he was fixtures secretary to the defunct KCA arranged a number of fixtures in the same month of Nov - notably West Indies and Karnataka.

  • Kylie on November 14, 2006, 17:15 GMT

    Sharad Ghai has as much a right to air his opinion as any other Kenyan. The fact that he spoke out, and was quoted, does not mean we demean him so. He is no longer the CK boss, yes, but he is still involved in cricket, and can open his mouth and speak out like any other guy. If you have an opinion, speak it out, but let others also have their say. It is still a free country, remember!

  • Mahendra Shah on November 15, 2006, 6:28 GMT

    KYLIE is right that Sharad Ghai has right to comment on any issues. But that is not the bone of contention. The major issue here is that the reporters quote him without any cross references. For example when Ghai told the reporter that 'matches should not be held during rainy season' it was the reporter's duty to have quoted Ghai as well as challenged him that matches have taken place in Kenya during Oct-Nov when Ghai was at the helm. That would have completed the story in a fair manner.

  • Hubub on November 15, 2006, 7:27 GMT

    The problem seems to be that when he was in a position to do something, Ghai sat on his ample backside and allowed the game to go to the dogs. Only now, when he has ruined Kenyan cricket does he start criticizing. The other issue is the bias of the Nation and its reporters. They pretend to be journalists when they are little more than stooges.

  • Abdullah on November 15, 2006, 13:02 GMT

    Well lets look at the negativity of the journalists with some positivity.....sometime it is good to have an opposition side to keep those in power on their toes. I think at long last Kenyan cricket is heading the right way!

  • samad parkar on November 18, 2006, 18:09 GMT

    Sharad Hhai comes from a well known sporting family and he should know better,rather then making cheap comments,that even if god wanted he could not do nothing regarding the weather. Global climate change is what is the root problem all over the world.