June 28, 2008


Kenya's elite fail to inspire

Martin Williamson

Kenya's National Elite League has hardly been the success that Cricket Kenya hoped for, and with one round of matches remaining, there are three sides in with a shout of the title - but the more important question is whether anyone actually cares.

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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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Posted by Andrew Maina on (July 3, 2008, 11:52 GMT)

Generally domestic sports being televised in Kenya is more an exception than the rule but thats hardly stopped Football, Rugby, Volleyball, Basketball, and now cricket from running nationwide domestic competitions. On the other hand coverage in print media has been dissapointingly inconsistent and patchy.It is sad that the Elite league has been so severely hamstrung by events out of its contol meaning (ie the political violence in Kenya making it impossible to play the 3 day matches during school holidays). Hopefully with the political situation now stabilised and the first season out of the way the second season will be more successful.

Posted by Marcus on (June 29, 2008, 0:04 GMT)

Does anyone know of these games are being televised? Because even if the tournament went off without a hitch, I can't see it being a success if there's no one to watch it.

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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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