November 3, 2009

Kenya

Cricket the Maasai way

Martin Williamson





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An interesting report in Kenya’s Nation newspaper on attempts to take cricket to the Maasai tribe in Mukogodo.

The Maasais, known world over for their native style of dressing up and living among the world animals of East Africa, have already accepted the game with the formation of several teams from within the local schools and community.

Aliya Bauer, who is coaching in the area, told the newspaper that the early signs were good. “It’s very encouraging for me as there are already well over 100 people who turn out for practices at venues around the area. This include children as well as older Morans who are very keen and enthusiastic about the game.’

“The children were first introduced to soft ball cricket before graduating to the hard ball version. They have shown phenomenal amount of potential and natural talent.’’

There remain major obstacles.

Bauer cites several handicaps in her attempt to take the sport to wider circle with lack of proper playing and training facilities, uniforms, shoes and other equipments such as bats and balls. Children and elder morans play the game bare feet while others wear traditional ‘firestone’ sandals made from used car tyres. She is pledging for help from donors who can help cricket grow in other areas of the II Polei and its surrounding villages.

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Posted by Aunali Daudjee on (December 2, 2009, 0:17 GMT)

I could never have dreamt that cricket will reach the masailand.I hope you will get the finances and best of luck.

Posted by Zoeb Tayebjee on (November 17, 2009, 5:24 GMT)

Aliya, any response from Cricket Kenya or any sponsors?

Zoeb Tayebjee

Posted by Zoeb Tayebjee on (November 13, 2009, 4:59 GMT)

Superb initiative from Aliya Bauer. Well done, I must say. The story got a good play, as it richly deserved, in a local daily. Yet, not a word from Cricket Kenya.

Zoeb Tayebjee

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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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