May 7, 2009

Kenya

Kenya dismiss Under-19 criticism

Martin Williamson

Cricket Kenya has dismissed criticism in some sections of the media following the poor performance of the Under-19 side in the recently concluded Africa Championship. Kenya, who will host the U-19 World Cup in 2010, finished fourth.

“It’s easy to snipe, but the side was without the bulk of the first-choice players,” a board official told Cricinfo. “The tournament was scheduled in the middle of school exams, and many of the boys’ parents, understandably, refused to allow their sons to miss those to take part. Given we are already guaranteed a spot [at the World Cup] it was hardly a make-or-break event.”

The top two teams - Uganda and Sierra Leone – progressed to the next stage of the qualification process for the U-19 World Cup, but Kenya automatically get a place as hosts.

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Posted by Arwind on (May 22, 2009, 7:06 GMT)

kenya under 19 team did a tremendous job in Zambia keeping in mind that they did not had any good practice before going for qualifier matches.We have some very potential players Like Karan Kaul,Kennedy Owino Ochieng and others.CK should provide some serious practice for the team in india or south africa before going for under 19 world cup in 2010.People criticizing should now they are young and they need encouragement also.

Posted by FraNCIS TREVOR SAMURA on (May 12, 2009, 17:08 GMT)

Why not canada instead of kenya hosting the icc u19 cricket world cup in 2010, will there be facilities 4 television replays? Sierra Leone would have won the u19 Qualifiers in Lusaka which was recently concluded in which Uganda and Sierra Leone finishes 1st & 2nd had'NT there been poor decisions from umpire ROCKEY on the match between Uganda & sierra Leone. I am appealling to ICC to please promote sierra leone from affilliate to associate because of their recent performances in mapotu (U19) accra (U13) Lusaka (19) and last years performances in lagos's NWACC and WCL DIV 3 in Benoni (SA) I strongly belive that sierra leone will beat many associate members< the current executive of the (SLCA) is working with the curren government of sierra leone to improve cricket facilities in the city and the provinces, and the minister of sport youth and education DR BAH, the chairman paliamentary oversight committee 4 youth and sport< HON NURU DEEN, and the vice president Alhaji Sam Sumana have all

Posted by Ben on (May 11, 2009, 6:21 GMT)

Kenya really arent that far off the pace. I think it would be beneficial if they got the Elite League running this year and included a 5th team being the Kenyan U/19 team itself.

I also think CK would benefit from sending maybe 5-10 younger players to a full member cricket academy for a 6 week period or something similar.

As far as Im aware also, affiliates/associates can play players up to their 20th birthday in u/19 events...not if this is true (correct me if im wrong) but this means players such as Rakep Patel were eligible for this tournament.

Finally, there were a few players I noticed in the Elite League Scorecards from 2008 that I though would've been in the U/19 team such as Kush Parmar, Irfan Karim and Mitesh Sanghani.

I also read somewhere Kenya might be playing in Indias domestic comp soon, does anyone know anything about this? Anyway, im sure CK are busy arranging something in regards to their domestic structure.

Posted by Haru on (May 10, 2009, 20:59 GMT)

It just because of the poor domestic structure but why anofficle cricket tournament are done well e.g.ashnil champions trophy.

Posted by Sree on (May 9, 2009, 19:56 GMT)

I want to make a point here that everybody knows that Standards are down because of the poor domestic structure. And we also know that its because lack of funding and sponsors. So instead we make comments and cricise Cricket Kenya we should come forward and support whatever we can. I am requesting Please everyone come together and try to support for the best interest of the game and do something within our range instead of criticising the people. Thanks. Sree, Nairobi

Posted by Paul Ikaa on (May 9, 2009, 13:39 GMT)

Excuses are just that.Excuses.Cricket lovers are a worried lot.4th position in both qualifiers tells volume about the pace of development of the game in Kenya.Others are ivesting in the game and reaping the fruits.we are not! Crying that there is no support from the government or corporate bodies is but another excuse. We have a national office mandated to lobby for funds.Who is stoping them?Make the game popular.Sponsors want return for their money.masses! How many clubs have youth squads?The bottom line is that there is need to restruture the way cricket is played in Kenya.Structures for youth development are there on paper.On the ground nothing is happening. Dan and Angara were recently appointed Nairobi youth coaches.Have they been equiped to do their jobs?Is there a laid down procedures on how they will operate,which schools to target,who will benefit,modes of evaluation etc?And yes may somebody tell us what happened in Europe last year?I am talking of Jasmer Singh's report!

Posted by andruid on (May 9, 2009, 12:39 GMT)

I think its unfair of rthe cricinfo staffer who wrote this to try dismiss the fact that pretty much all the players Cricket Kenya has at its disposal are not primarily cricketers and need other things to earn their daily bread as a 'a poor excuse.'

kenyan cricket will not get anywhere if everybody outside the immediate board spends their time criticising it when things do not work out, rather than aiding the board to get the job done.

Posted by Rajarshi Routh on (May 8, 2009, 18:01 GMT)

This can happen because studies is more important in which stage these kids are however it is a big step that Kenya will be hosting the next U-19 World cup in 2010. 4th position in the African Championships is not bad a result but yes they have to improve on it.Remeber this, Kenya Cricket never gets support from its goverment or sponsors, money is the only driving force along with popularity of the game , kenyan athletes(olympics) only get the fame and not our cricketers.Kenya Cricket is improving, it will take time.2003(world cup) was a just by chance don't compare that performance with today's performance, players need a lot of experience and the interest towards play the game.Going 4 times in a row to the world cup finals is a great acheivement, hell our popular football team couldn't even get beyond the 2nd round of the WC Qualifiers.So patience is the name of the game. Rajarshi Routh New Delhi

Posted by Zoeb Tayebjee on (May 8, 2009, 7:09 GMT)

Cricket Kenya should stop making excuses for failures. In absence of Kenya A team and very poor standards of the domestic competitions, Kenya has nothing to look forward to given also that we hadlly have any potential in the under-19. Luck has smiled on us for we Kenyans will play in the under-19 World Cup only because we qualify as hosts. Look at the ICC World Cup qualifying rounds. Kenya just made it. Once upon a time Kenya was best outside Test Playing Nations. Instead of making excuses, Cricket Kenya should address the problems. What happened to the Jasmer Singh led probe committee that was appointed to look into dismal performances? Five months have passed without any findings made public.

Zoeb Tayebjee. Nairobi.

Posted by Vikram Maingi on (May 7, 2009, 18:24 GMT)

The way Kenyan game is going down over the years and no replacement by younger blood coming up, clearly indicates that Kenyan Cricket is creating a new Nadir for itself. Kenya couldn't quality for the T20 World Cup despite Zimbabwe pull-out giving one more slot to the associate nations.

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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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