June 17, 2009


Kenya search for new captain and coach

Martin Williamson

Cricket Kenya is looking for a national team coach after deciding not to offer Andy Kirsten a new contract.

Kirsten, who only took up the post in March 2008, will remain in charge until the end of July and will accompany the side when they visit Ireland for a short tour starting at the end of the month. A board official told Cricinfo that it had decided to start afresh and to seek a new coach to work with a new captain in the build-up to the 2011 World Cup.

Although Kenya qualified for that tournament at the recent ICC World Cup Qualifiers, results have not been consistent and they failed to reach the ICC World Twenty20.

A source close to the process denied reports that it was a two-horse race between Balwinder Sandhu and Alan Butcher, saying there had been a number of good-quality applicants.

Meanwhile, five players have been shortlisted in the search for someone to replace Steve Tikolo as captain. Collins Obuyo, Hiren Varaiya, Thomas Odoyo, Maurice Ouma and Jimmy Kamande will all be interviewed by the national selectors and an appointment is expected within a week.


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 naveen on (July 1, 2009, 11:55 GMT)

may be they should go for Anil Kumble.... as coach... he will do well and capable of getting maximum out of them... though not sure if he will take it :(

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Posted by colin macbeth on (June 22, 2009, 16:55 GMT)

So when is this going to happen? It's been on the cards for days now. Or is there a tribal dimension to be taken into consideration? Of course, if all is lost they can go for Ragheb Aga. They've done that before. I know who I think would make a good captain; and he's got the same initials as Jomo Kenyatta! Cheers, but please, please make your minds up! Collins Mbatha

Posted by Vikram Maingi on (June 22, 2009, 7:27 GMT)

Thomas Odoyo is the most certain choice for the next captain.

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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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