April 21, 2009


Qualification doesn't stop Kenya's media crusade

Martin Williamson

Again Kenya's Standard, through its sports editor, can’t help but sing to the tune of those who oppose Cricket Kenya, using the team’s qualification for the next World Cup as another attack on the executive. While Omulo Okoth does acknowledge that the old days were not quite as rosy as the Nation often likes to claim, he can’t but help himself when it comes to the current board.

The present administration took over a shell, which had to change its name to legally circumvent crippling debts. But they were so pre-occupied with feathering their own nests, protecting its turf, and were desirous to settle scores, forgetting that there were quite a few good, honest, industrious and resourceful people among the old folks whose expertise should have been brought to bear on the new administration’s agenda for the sport.

And he ends with what appears to be little more than a warning.

Like guerrilla fighters, the old folk went underground and are almost unleashing a coup against CK. I submit that this effort had better be channelled towards consolidating reconstruction of cricket to help our players and posterity.

You have to wonder who he could be talking about?


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 fan_dango@ess.com on (May 5, 2009, 14:21 GMT)

As balanced as Ghai trying to walk on a tightrope. It's clear that the media is less than biased when dealing with the fat man and this is the most obvious example of their oneeyed approach to anything Ghai.

Posted by colin macbeth on (April 25, 2009, 11:03 GMT)

I thought Omulo's piece was very balanced. CK is not perfect, and sometimes difficult things need to be said. Could it possibly be that this blog source has itself a vendetta against the press - which tends to see the bigger picture not just the sometimes narrow cricket one. 'Toppy'.

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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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