June 3, 2012


Kenya's ghosts from the past

Martin Williamson

The court case resulting from disgraced former CEO Tom Tikolo’s bid to have Cricket Kenya’s delayed has been postponed, leaving the game in a state of ongoing limbo. It was supposed to be heard on May 31 but no judges were available.

The re-emergence of Tikolo, who was booted out in 2010 after stealing from the board, was a surprise to many, as was his appearance at a press conference alongside Jimmy Rayani, a figure associated with the old and discredited Kenyan Cricket Association.

With Jackie Janmohamed, another KCA official, also back in the fray within the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association, there are those who fear the old guard who were involved in the running of the game in the Sharad Ghai era are looking to work their way back.

Given the state the KCA was in when Ghai was finally slung out in 2005 – and its reputation both at home and internationally - it can only be a backward step if those figures from the past have any involvement in Kenyan cricket going forward.


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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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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