Kenya December 26, 2006

Damned if they do ...

Our old friend Chris Tsuma has used the season of goodwill to all men to have another one of his digs at Cricket Kenya, although at least this time he has stopped short of saying that the return of Sharad Ghai would signal the dawn of a new era of

Our old friend Chris Tsuma has used the season of goodwill to all men to have another one of his digs at Cricket Kenya, although at least this time he has stopped short of saying that the return of Sharad Ghai would signal the dawn of a new era of unheralded success.

In his year-end round-up in The Nation, Tsuma was faced with a problem. The new board had ensured the national team played more ODIs in the last 12 months than in the previous three years, and had also signed a lucrative TV deal which would ensure that funds went directly to the game in Kenya, something that previous deals had been accused of not doing. So what could he take a pop at?

Easy. Why were Kenya not hosting home series against a Test nation or even A-team matches against leading countries. Tsuma, never one to let detail get in the way of a good attack, seems to overlook the reluctance of major countries to tour minnows – ask Bangladesh for starters. But, he then has a go at the board for the results – two whitewashes – when they did get major opposition from Australia and Bangladesh.

For sure there is much room for improvement, but there is also, as he well knows, much baggage to be lost. Kenya have taken steps to build for the future, but it will take time. A little support from the country’s main newspaper might not go amiss. Just don’t expect it from Tsuma.

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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  • Mimi on December 28, 2006, 7:44 GMT

    Does it matter what Tsuma writes. Anyone who follows Kenya cricket knows he has hidden agendas and that he does not cover out game fairly. He will take delight if we do badly in the world cup and will moan about something else if we do well.

  • Nakeel on December 27, 2006, 14:28 GMT

    I wish Tsuma can be ethical correct and forget about the handouts he used to get with the company. There is positive criticism, which is welcome, but we are too fond of getting a one-sided story from him. But we know who the power houses of Nation are so they can never be objective when covering cricket.

  • Nick Deverell on December 27, 2006, 3:14 GMT

    It would help if the leading dailies in Kenya employed people who had actually played the game to report on it - they might have a greater understanding of what they write. At least his article did give some credit to the players, though not enough in my book. Let's hope 2007 sees some better, or at least fairer reporting than 2006!

  • Manny on December 27, 2006, 2:02 GMT

    does this clown Tsuma know that every time he writes this rubbish he looks more stupid?

  • Mimi on December 28, 2006, 7:44 GMT

    Does it matter what Tsuma writes. Anyone who follows Kenya cricket knows he has hidden agendas and that he does not cover out game fairly. He will take delight if we do badly in the world cup and will moan about something else if we do well.

  • Nakeel on December 27, 2006, 14:28 GMT

    I wish Tsuma can be ethical correct and forget about the handouts he used to get with the company. There is positive criticism, which is welcome, but we are too fond of getting a one-sided story from him. But we know who the power houses of Nation are so they can never be objective when covering cricket.

  • Nick Deverell on December 27, 2006, 3:14 GMT

    It would help if the leading dailies in Kenya employed people who had actually played the game to report on it - they might have a greater understanding of what they write. At least his article did give some credit to the players, though not enough in my book. Let's hope 2007 sees some better, or at least fairer reporting than 2006!

  • Manny on December 27, 2006, 2:02 GMT

    does this clown Tsuma know that every time he writes this rubbish he looks more stupid?

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  • Manny on December 27, 2006, 2:02 GMT

    does this clown Tsuma know that every time he writes this rubbish he looks more stupid?

  • Nick Deverell on December 27, 2006, 3:14 GMT

    It would help if the leading dailies in Kenya employed people who had actually played the game to report on it - they might have a greater understanding of what they write. At least his article did give some credit to the players, though not enough in my book. Let's hope 2007 sees some better, or at least fairer reporting than 2006!

  • Nakeel on December 27, 2006, 14:28 GMT

    I wish Tsuma can be ethical correct and forget about the handouts he used to get with the company. There is positive criticism, which is welcome, but we are too fond of getting a one-sided story from him. But we know who the power houses of Nation are so they can never be objective when covering cricket.

  • Mimi on December 28, 2006, 7:44 GMT

    Does it matter what Tsuma writes. Anyone who follows Kenya cricket knows he has hidden agendas and that he does not cover out game fairly. He will take delight if we do badly in the world cup and will moan about something else if we do well.