June 15, 2007

Kenya

Kenyan board suspends Centrals province

Martin Williamson

Cricket Kenya (CK) has suspended its Central province ahead of next month's board elections.

"The province has not promoted any form of the game in their area of jurisdiction," Samir Inamdar, CK's chairman, told Cricinfo. "They have less than the prescribed three active clubs as required for the formation of branches. The decision to suspend their membership of CK was unanimously reached in a special council meeting. "

The province was set up by the old Kenyan Cricket Association, and at the time Cricinfo reported that it appeared to have been created to give the existing board extra votes as there was little evidence of any meaningful cricket being played there.

When the old KCA executive was ousted in May 2005, the new board decided to embrace Centrals (and Rift Valley, another disputed new province) and try to promote the game there. To safeguard the possibility that a province could not simply be guaranteed its place as a member with representation rights without ensuring that it had a minimal level of cricket being played within it, it was decided, in keeping with past practice, that a province had to have a minimum of three cricket-playing clubs to remain as a provincial affiliate.

While in Rift Valley that faith has been justified - there are now 12 active clubs in the region - in Centrals there has been almost no activity Inamdar said: "the province is at present, from a cricketing perspective, totally moribund".

S Bindal, Centrals' provincial representative, never attended any board or council meeting and, as a result, lost his seat under CK rules.

Joshua Kiragu, the Centrals chairman, was appointed as CK's development convenor. "He was given the task of co-ordinating the Cricket Without Boundaries project in Western Province," Inamdar said. "The board had raised queries about the application of certain funding given to him for this project and despite repeated requests he failed to report to the CEO and/or the treasurer on this issue." The CK executive has resolved to remove him from his seat on the ground that he too has failed to attend any board or council meetings for over a year. The executive voted to suspend Central, citing the fact that "it had no active cricket being played, no real structure, no constitution and no recognised officials".

CK officials believe that cricket has a future in the region and they will attempt to relaunch the game when new and more reliable people can be found. "There is great potential there particularly among schools," Inamdar said, "and a good possible source of funding from the many high profile businesses and industries in the vicinity."

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Posted by Amar Jude P. Mendes on (July 21, 2007, 9:13 GMT)

IN editorial in the Nation entitled 'Stadia .The Chinese government are going to revamp the stadium, and the article notes that there is enough room in the complex to house a cricket ground. It would certainly help raise the profile of the game, and would give Cricket Kenya another venue in which to host Internationals. Kenya is certainly in need of a ground with decent lighting, and this could be the perfect opportunity. With two major cricket events to be held in Kenya over the next four years, and the definite possibility of more in the future, this would certainly be a worthwhile investment. Technical assistance from the ICC could probably even be arranged in the current climate of global expansion. Maybe Cricket Kenya should lobby the government before the plans are finalised. Chinese money to restore Kenyan stadium. Kenya has a raft of economic agreements with China as part of its strategy of looking to Asia for investment and financial assistance.China's exports to Kenya were worth $457 million in 2005 and other accords signed on Hu's recent visit included an offshore oil exploration deal. Before we came in, the place was bushy and wild animals used to roam in daylight. Thieves vandalised the place with abandon," he said. The repairs will include resurfacing running tracks at the main stadium and the adjacent warm-up area. Wooden benches will be covered with fibreglass for weather protection. A security canopy will be installed over the changing-room entrance and a state-of-the-art media centre built. The scoreboard, which worked well only during the African Games two decades ago, will be replaced and new floodlights installed.GOOD INCOME The work, which is expected to take two years, will extend to the gymnasium, where a modern floor will replace the current, peeling surface, the aquatic stadium and accommodation buildings. The aquatic stadium has suffered leak and cracks in recent years, causing panic among experts who feared a catastrophe. The FIFA project, launched in 1999, helps poorer countries to improve their soccer facilities. Construction of a public golf course and a cricket ground would soon follow, Mwai said.

Posted by Nathan on (June 20, 2007, 6:11 GMT)

Much of what people in their feedback have suggested are good ideas for moving forward. But of course as some of you mentioned, it all costs money.

The Cricket Kenya as Cricinfo have mentioned in the past, do not earn THAT much money. They get their relatively small ICC grants for associates of a few hundred thousand, which a fair proportion goes to the players, who are full time so fair enough, and the rest on the association and it's responsibilities.

But compared to an association even like Zimbabwe, who gets the equivalent of US$11M per year in ICC grants, because of their remaining elevated status, what Kenya gets is paltry.

Kenya is still rebuilding from a long corrupt era. To a degree you need to crawl before you can walk. In regards to the action towards Central, it seems fair enough. They deserved their 'due cause,' as in their time to prove themselves. The refreshing thing with this board is, it hopefully is democratic, which should be re-enforced when they hold elections. So they do have to give them a fair process, before lopping off any heads.

In regards to the wider issues. CK seems as it slowly builds up the private sponsorship it receives. A bigger ICC grant could help. But as people alluded, there has to be the interest/work ethic at ground level. Even if it's only the Asians, people should thank the Asians, as if it wasn't for them, they may not even be any cricket in Kenya. But hopefully they reach out to the wider African community, and with more impetus from the community and resources, change will happen. Looking at the positives it's good to see Rift Valley seems to be establishing a set up, and a structured league may emerge.

I'm sure Centrals can do the same, with the right leadership. They will not give up on Centrals, as it has potential.

Posted by Amar Jude P. Mendes on (June 19, 2007, 9:43 GMT)

Hi Mr. Samir Inamdar I dont think suspention is the right way to grow. Central province needs people who can take the game to the next level so find them .Try to find a way out rather than washing your hands .Why should a province suffer if the management is not doing the job. Suspend Joshua Kiragu, the Centrals chairman and S Bindal, Centrals' provincial representative, and others in the province but dont suspend the province it self . Once we get about 5 clubs in Thika town and adout 3 clubs in Nyery we can have club level cricket . Try and build a decent cricket ground in Thika town with a decent pitch the (N.P.C.A.) grounds men can help from any of the top clubs there. Scince thika is just about 40k.m. from Nairobi it will be good when the national league starts it will save travel cost . There should be a team representing Central Province if C.K. are planing to make a 4 day cricket national league. I think each province should send only one team. No matter how strong they are if the have more than 15 good players other teams like Central and Rift can invite them in ther teams. I mean in India just because Mumbai is the best team with best Infrastructure they dont send 3 teams .In the begning other teams will struggle but as they get expience and better Infrastructure they will also improve. I also think there should be 5 teams minimum to have a meaningful 4 day cricket competition. SO we could include Nyanza province we can fast track work in Kisumu. So what I feel is C.C.A. will have 1 team N.P.C.A. will have team and also give some of its players to other teams .Help in putting a proper facility to host a 4 day first class match . Now thats done C.K. should upgarde 1 ground in mombasa to host test matches and if possible 1 ground in Nakuru to host O.D.Is. In nairobi there should be a new stadium built that can hosts test matches and big events like O.D.I. finals. About 30000 thousand capacity with lights . Ther is enough space in Kasarani sports complex to build a cricket ground. Take advantage since China is renewing the complex . Have a word with the goverment. If you can do this as soon as possible no reason kenya should be the next test team. Plz mail me on any developments (devin_sherry@rediffmail.com)

Posted by Amar Jude P. Mendes on (June 19, 2007, 9:36 GMT)

Hi Mr. Samir Inamdar I dont think suspention is the right way to grow. Central province needs people who can take the game to the next level so find them .Try to find a way out rather than washing your hands .Why should a province suffer if the management is not doing the job. Suspend Joshua Kiragu, the Centrals chairman and S Bindal, Centrals' provincial representative, and others in the province but dont suspend the province it self . Once we get about 5 clubs in Thika town and adout 3 clubs in Nyery we can have club level cricket . Try and build a decent cricket ground in Thika town with a decent pitch the (N.P.C.A.) grounds men can help from any of the top clubs there. Scince thika is just about 40k.m. from Nairobi it will be good when the national league starts it will save travel cost . There should be a team representing Central Province if C.K. are planing to make a 4 day cricket national league. I think each province should send only one team. No matter how strong they are if the have more than 15 good players other teams like Central and Rift can invite them in ther teams. I mean in India just because Mumbai is the best team with best Infrastructure they dont send 3 teams .In the begning other teams will struggle but as they get expience and better Infrastructure they will also improve. I also think there should be 5 teams minimum to have a meaningful 4 day cricket competition. SO we could include Nyanza province we can fast track work in Kisumu. So what I feel is C.C.A. will have 1 team N.P.C.A. will have team and also give some of its players to other teams .Help in putting a proper facility to host a 4 day first class match . Now thats done C.K. should upgarde 1 ground in mombasa to host test matches and if possible 1 ground in Nakuru to host O.D.Is. In nairobi there should be a new stadium built that can hosts test matches and big events like O.D.I. finals. About 30000 thousand capacity with lights . Ther is enough space in Kasarani sports complex to build a cricket ground. Take advantage since China is renewing the complex . Have a word with the goverment. If you can do this as soon as possible no reason kenya should be the next test team. Plz mail me on any developments (devin_sherry@rediffmail.com)

Posted by Amar Jude P. Mendes on (June 19, 2007, 9:35 GMT)

Hi Mr. Samir Inamdar I dont think suspention is the right way to grow. Central province needs people who can take the game to the next level so find them .Try to find a way out rather than washing your hands .Why should a province suffer if the management is not doing the job. Suspend Joshua Kiragu, the Centrals chairman and S Bindal, Centrals' provincial representative, and others in the province but dont suspend the province it self . Once we get about 5 clubs in Thika town and adout 3 clubs in Nyery we can have club level cricket . Try and build a decent cricket ground in Thika town with a decent pitch the (N.P.C.A.) grounds men can help from any of the top clubs there. Scince thika is just about 40k.m. from Nairobi it will be good when the national league starts it will save travel cost . There should be a team representing Central Province if C.K. are planing to make a 4 day cricket national league. I think each province should send only one team. No matter how strong they are if the have more than 15 good players other teams like Central and Rift can invite them in ther teams. I mean in India just because Mumbai is the best team with best Infrastructure they dont send 3 teams .In the begning other teams will struggle but as they get expience and better Infrastructure they will also improve. I also think there should be 5 teams minimum to have a meaningful 4 day cricket competition. SO we could include Nyanza province we can fast track work in Kisumu. So what I feel is C.C.A. will have 1 team N.P.C.A. will have team and also give some of its players to other teams .Help in putting a proper facility to host a 4 day first class match . Now thats done C.K. should upgarde 1 ground in mombasa to host test matches and if possible 1 ground in Nakuru to host O.D.Is. In nairobi there should be a new stadium built that can hosts test matches and big events like O.D.I. finals. About 30000 thousand capacity with lights . Ther is enough space in Kasarani sports complex to build a cricket ground. Take advantage since China is renewing the complex . Have a word with the goverment. If you can do this as soon as possible no reason kenya should be the next test team. Plz mail me on any developments (devin_sherry@rediffmail.com)

Posted by Amar Jude P. Mendes on (June 19, 2007, 9:35 GMT)

Hi Mr. Samir Inamdar I dont think suspension is the right way to grow. Central province needs people who can take the game to the next level so find them .Try to find a way out rather than washing your hands .Why should a province suffer if the management is not doing the job. Suspend Joshua Kiragu, the Centrals chairman and S Bindal, Centrals' provincial representative, and others in the province but don't suspend the province it self . Once we get about 5 clubs in Thika town and about 3 clubs in Nyery we can have club level cricket . Try and build a decent cricket ground in Thika town with a decent pitch the (N.P.C.A.) grounds men can help from any of the top clubs there. Since Thika is just about 40k.m. from Nairobi it will be good when the national league starts it will save travel cost . There should be a team representing Central Province if C.K. are planing to make a four-day cricket national league. I think each province should send only one team. No matter how strong they are if the have more than 15 good players other teams like Central and Rift can invite them in ther teams. I mean in India just because Mumbai is the best team with best Infrastructure they don't send 3 teams .In the beginning other teams will struggle but as they get experience and better Infrastructure they will also improve. I also think there should be 5 teams minimum to have a meaningful 4 day cricket competition. SO we could include Nyanza province we can fast track work in Kisumu. So what I feel is C.C.A. will have 1 team N.P.C.A. will have team and also give some of its players to other teams .Help in putting a proper facility to host a 4 day first class match . Now thats done C.K. should upgrade one ground in Mombasa to host test matches and if possible 1 ground in Nakuru to host O.D.Is. In Nairobi there should be a new stadium built that can hosts test matches and big events like ODI finals. About 30000 thousand capacity with lights . There is enough space in Kasarani sports complex to build a cricket ground. Take advantage since China is renewing the complex . Have a word with the government. If you can do this as soon as possible no reason Kenya should be the next test team.

Posted by Mahebub Kureshi on (June 16, 2007, 13:49 GMT)

Cricket in Kenya totally facing for survive. Recently with a Club team from India, I had visited the Kenya for a month. I am Sports Editor of a well reputed Daily Newspaper. I found that cricket in kenya badely needed motivation. In kenya I found there is nothing potential at Jounior level. I had conversion with the National Coach Rojer Harper at Ruarka Sports Club while our match against NPCA, he convinced that youngsters are not interested to play cricket. I also found that there, the selection mathod is not fair. Very talented Cricketers like Ramesh Mepani and others did't get a chance to represent Kenya in time. Also another thing badely needed to improve cricket in Kenya is that. Cricket Kenya should have given a handsome grant to Clubs. Because they are the main motivation in Kenya. Also Board should have seriously to think about start their own cricket academy, just like it was earlier in SIMBA handled by Mudassar Nazar. Also board should have to initiate school level cricket tournaments, and upcoming players should have to sent to India, Pakistan, Australia, England for further training and all the expenses should have borne by board. To improve cricket in Keyna, first of all they should bring handsome money for cricketers. Because lack of money only furstrating cricketers and forcing they to move in other business in their pick time. Mr.Samir Inamdar....please re-think on my above points. I have some more ideas also. I understood Kenya Cricket nearly in a month.

Mahebub Kureshi Sports Editor Mobile +91-9374254994

Posted by Mahebub Kureshi on (June 16, 2007, 13:46 GMT)

Cricket in Kenya totally facing for survive. Recently with a Club team from India, I had visited the Kenya for a month. I am Sports Editor of a well reputed Daily Newspaper. I found that cricket in kenya badely needed motivation. In kenya I found there is nothing potential at Jounior level. I had conversion with the National Coach Rojer Harper at Ruarka Sports Club while our match against NPCA, he convinced that youngsters are not interested to play cricket. I also found that there, the selection mathod is not fair. Very talented Cricketers like Ramesh Mepani and others did't get a chance to represent Kenya in time. Also another thing badely needed to improve cricket in Kenya is that. Cricket Kenya should have given a handsome grant to Clubs. Because they are the main motivation in Kenya. Also Board should have seriously to think about start their own cricket academy, just like it was earlier in SIMBA handled by Mudassar Nazar. Also board should have to initiate school level cricket tournaments, and upcoming players should have to sent to India, Pakistan, Australia, England for further training and all the expenses should have borne by board. To improve cricket in Keyna, first of all they should bring handsome money for cricketers. Because lack of money only furstrating cricketers and forcing they to move in other business in their pick time. Mr.Samir Inamdar....please re-think on my above points. I have some more ideas also. I understood Kenya Cricket nearly in a month.

Mahebub Kureshi Sports Editor Mobile +91-9374254994

Posted by Andrew Maina on (June 16, 2007, 12:23 GMT)

At the time it could also have been argued that Rift Valley had also been created for the votes but thanks to the hard work and commitment, of a number of the people directly involved with the schools and clubs where the facilities for playing the game are available thats no longer the case as there are is now a functional if not perfect domestic competition in the area. What Central province needs is people with that sort of commitment to make something out of what little Central province has.

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