November 27, 2009

Kenya

Kenya and Uganda to stage T20 tournament

Martin Williamson

Cricket Kenya is planning to run a four-team Twenty20 competition involving two teams from neighbours Uganda early in the New Year as part of the preparations for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers in March.

Negotiations between the boards are “at an advanced stage” according to a source close to the Kenyan board, and high-profile sponsors are being courted to fund the event.

The intention is to field two Kenya teams – in effect an A and B XI – alongside similar sides from Uganda, a country considered to be one of the up-and-coming Associates.

If successful, the concept could be expanded into a 50-over competitions and ultimately a three-day tournament. It replaces the one-off Super League which was run in June 2008 and featured four teams made up of the leading Kenyan cricketers.

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Posted by Sameer Singh on (December 11, 2009, 15:27 GMT)

Well done Kenya & Uganda for trying to popularize the sport in their countries.i hope more African counties be part in ICC tournaMents in the future

Posted by Vikram Maingi on (December 8, 2009, 7:27 GMT)

Uganda did beat Kenya in a 4 nation T20 tournament before the 2007 T20 World Cup.

Posted by Ricardo Johnson on (November 27, 2009, 14:57 GMT)

i congratulate both kenya & uganda for being pro active in trying to work something out between themselves. I wonder what the likelyhood of this experiment expanding and genuinely becoming a 3 day competition. I feel this is the only way by playing multi day cricket - can they truely consider moving towards full ICC membership & in the future test status

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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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