January 29, 2008

Kenya

Kenya close in on new coach

Martin Williamson

Cricket Kenya is closing in on its hunt to find a replacement for Roger Harper, who stood down as coach after the ICC World Twenty20 in September.

More than 30 applications from around the world were received for the vacancy and Cricinfo understands that a South African-based applicant, believed to be Andy Kirsten, is among the front runners. He was in the frame the last time the position was open in 2005 but was committed to existing work in South Africa and eventually the board chose Harper.

Kirsten worked with the Kenyan side during their successful 2003 World Cup campaign when Sandeep Patil was the national coach. As a result, he is known to many of the senior players and is believed to have a good relationship with them.

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Posted by poor old bowler on (January 30, 2008, 6:24 GMT)

Not only does Kenya need a senior coach to coach its top players,it also needs a junior development talent coach and a academy coach.

i wouldn't expect a coach of the senior team to have the time to run around the country organizing school cricket comps and camps.the ICC should get serious about Kenya's future in cricket and spend the money it needs to help Kenya along the path.

But i wouldn't expect the ICC to do to much about cricket development. And i would expect too many passionate cricket coaches to risk their lives to travel around Kenya at the moment.

but i hope kenya can get its act together,kenya should have already been given test status i think kenya vs bangladesh or zimbabwe would be more competetive than most would expect.

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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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