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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.
Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and AfricaFeeds: Martin Williamson
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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.