September 24, 2009

Kenya

Baptiste aims to rekindle Kenya's glory days

Martin Williamson

Eldine Baptiste has said he aims to return Kenya to the top as the No. 1 Associate country during his two-year spell as national coach.

"It is a great privilege and honour to be in Kenya," he told the media on his arrival in Nairobi. "I know the cricket is not what it used to be but I want to achieve the winning team.

"I will personally take charge in identifying young players and the selection of the players into the national team, and hopefully, we will put Kenya back as the number one in the Associates."

Baptiste takes charge of a side in transition, with the selectors looking to ease out the old guard who have served the team so well and bring on the next generation of players.

Results over the last few years have been mixed, with poor performances at the 2007 World Cup and ICC World Twenty20, a failure to qualify for the 2009 World Twenty20 and some one-day drubbings at the hands of Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

Even though Andy Kirsten, Baptiste's predecessor, guided the team through the qualifiers for the 2011 World Cup, it was not enough for his contract to be extended.

Kenya tour Zimbabwe in October for a four-day Intercontinental Cup tie and five ODIs.

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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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