March 26, 2008

Kenya

Cricket Kenya postpones three-day competition

Martin Williamson

To widespread frustration, Cricket Kenya has postponed the three-day part of its Elite League on the eve of the first round of matches.

Originally, the three rounds of three-day matches were to have started earlier, but the whole event had to be delayed because of the domestic upheaval which followed December's presidential elections. The one-dayers, which should have been played over two weekends, then had to be extended to a third because of a conflict with Nairobi's 45-over competition.

In a media release, CK said that onset of the Long Rains had led to the tournament being postponed until June. The first round will now take place between June 6 and 9 with the second and third rounds starting on the following Fridays.

"The rains which have pounded the city heavily over the last one week have left most of the grounds waterlogged and the groundsmen have found it difficult to prepare for these matches," Tom Tikolo, the board's CEO explained,

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Posted by Andy on (March 27, 2008, 0:31 GMT)

Pity about the postponement of the league as it would have a been a landmark achievement not just for Kenyan cricket but for world cricket to have yet another nation adopt the most pure form of the game into its domestic structure. Knowing the weather in Kenya, through from March through to May it would have been impractical to play mutiday cricket without risking severe interference from the weather. Hopefully the tournament will still be able to go ahead in June though

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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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