February 16, 2003

New Zealand Cricket reconfirms Kenyan decision

The New Zealand Cricket Board has today reconfirmed its decision of January 31 not to allow the New Zealand team to travel to Nairobi for the scheduled World Cup pool match against Kenya on February 21.

"The decision has been reconfirmed as the risk to player safety and security remains too high," New Zealand Cricket chief executive Martin Snedden said.

"NZC has now notified the ICC of this decision and has also confirmed its willingness to play the game at an alternative venue in South Africa, either on February 21 or on such a date that the ICC determines appropriate.

"NZC reached its decision today after a thorough review of the safety and security situation in Kenya," Mr Snedden said.

During the week long review Mr Snedden met with ICC and South African and Kenyan cricket representatives.

Independent security consultant Reg Dickason has been in South Africa for the past two days and along with Mr Snedden met with the South African Police Service and with representatives of Kroll.

"Mr Dickason's assessment, having reviewed all the material available, is that the risk to player safety is still too high," Mr Snedden said.

"The New Zealand Cricket Board, in making its decision today, has acted on that advice.

"NZC has not given up hope of the game being rescheduled and will continue to work with the ICC on this issue over the next few days.

"If the final decision is that the game will not be rescheduled, then the points issue will be addressed at that stage," he said.

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