Kenya November 11, 2007

Board set to step in to sort Nairobi chaos

The AGM of the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association was postponed for the fourth time last week after it emerged some clubs were yet again not served with the correct documentation in time.

The AGM of the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association was postponed for the fourth time last week after it emerged some clubs were yet again not served with the correct documentation in time.

The meeting had been called for November 7 but Cricinfo has learned that clubs were not given adequate notice of the meeting nor were given enough time to lodge items for inclusion on the agenda. The original AGM in July ended in controversy after clubs, angry with the way the executive had become almost unaccountable, rejected the accounts and refused to allow the meeting to progress. Several subsequent dates have been announced for the AGM but none have materialised.

The increasingly shambolic NPCA has been further rocked by the resignation of David Waters as its secretary. Waters, a leading force in Kenyan cricket for many years and still a the head of the national selectors, is believed to have grown tired of the way that the NPCA executive has been operating and also that his name has been used to give authority to actions of which he has not been aware.

This latest failure to hold a meeting - the last valid AGM was in 2004 - is likely to be the last straw as far as Cricket Kenya is concerned. It seems increasingly likely that it will consider stepping in and suspending the existing executive and forcing through fresh elections, as it is entitled to do. Such an action would almost certainly be looked on favourably by the ICC which has been monitoring events in Nairobi closely.

One high-profile casualty of such a move would be Sukhbans Singh, the acting chairman of the NPCA, who has been increasing at odds with both Nairobi clubs and senior Kenyan administrators. He has also been linked with a possible attempted comeback by former KCA chairman Sharad Ghai.

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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