November 11, 2007

Kenya

Board set to step in to sort Nairobi chaos

Martin Williamson

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.

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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