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Cricket Kenya to review World Cup debacle

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 21, 2011

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Cricket Kenya has announced a comprehensive review of the team's disastrous World Cup campaign, where they lost all their six league games to bow out before the knockouts. The review will take in every aspect of the squad's preparation and performance at the event and will be conducted by board officials and chief executive Tom Sears, with assistance from the ICC.

Since beating Canada in their opening match of the 2007 World Cup, Kenya have lost 14 successive 50-over matches in major tournaments (World Cups and the ICC World Cricket League Division One). They were one of only two teams to end the World Cup winless, a huge fall from grace for a team that reached the semi-finals of the 2003 tournament, and used to be one of the leading Associates. The lowest point of their campaign was the defeat against a Canadian outfit comprised of semi-professional expats.

"Clearly our performances at the World Cup have been completely unacceptable and a radical overhaul of our national squad is necessary," Sears said. "The team was comprehensively beaten in all six matches and aside from one creditable performance against Australia, the displays we saw were simply not good enough.

Kenya get into a huddle during practice ahead of their World Cup match against Zimbabwe, Kolkata, March 19, 2011
Tom Sears said Kenya's World Cup debacle "cannot be tolerated" © AFP

"An enormous amount of time, money and resources have been invested into the squad, and our most experienced player Steve Tikolo stated this was the best preparation any Kenyan squad had enjoyed prior to the World Cup. There has been no return on that investment which amounts to well over $700,000 in the last 12 months and clearly this cannot be tolerated. We will look at every facet of our national team structure and composition and make recommendations on all areas we feel where change is necessary. I anticipate these will be widespread across all areas of the game."

The review will include detailed reports from key personnel including team coach Eldine Baptiste, captain Jimmy Kamande, the team manager, and board member John Moyi, who travelled with the squad. Additionally, members of the team management and players will be interviewed in depth. The review will be finalised by May, following which recommendations on changes will be put to the board.


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Posted by Dummy4 on (March 23, 2011, 7:47 GMT)

ICC needs a clearly laid out path for Associates to gain Test Status and full membership status. Create a tiered system or a promotion/relegation test system (with three, six-team tiers). Bottom line is that Kenya should have had resources and massive investment after 2003. It didn't receive these. Same for Ireland after 2007. Perhaps making the knock-out stages of any World Cup should qualify a side for a move up? Perhaps it's more complicated. Regardless, there has to be a road map put into place that is clear cut and removes the politics from the decision.

Posted by Bede on (March 23, 2011, 7:03 GMT)

It all relates back to lack of exposure to Full Member Teams, something that needs to be fixed by the ICC

Posted by Sayed on (March 22, 2011, 12:14 GMT)

Cricket in Kenya is long Dead!, Crowds have dwindled, interest is all time low, in the 1970's and 80's, matches i used to attend were crowd pullers. No one was paid a salary it was a fun game. Now most players get a montly stipend, but the crowds have disappread, Why? Cricket Kenya has to find an answer! Talent not there? i dont believe so. but it seems CK has run out of ideas. Go back to basic, put cricket in schools esp Secondary schools, colleges etc.... Clubs Need to be re juvenated, how i dont have an idea, but it must be done, or cricket in Kenya will certainly be history To those who say Kenya and other associate should be left out, then they dont know they will kill off the game and be left with very few teams, which will make for narrow minded crowds only.

ICC SUPPORT KENYA NOW or all cricket lovers will regret it

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 22, 2011, 10:29 GMT)

Reviews should be conducted that's Good for them...

But what teams like Kenya, Ireland, Canada etc... need exposure at the highest level (I mean these countries should be given change to play against top team like Aussi, India, Pakistan, South Africa etc...).

If ICC or any other Board of control is not able to provide them this opportunity, atleast they should be invite them to play against their 'A' side. This will give them experience of playing against the nations where Cricket is well established.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 22, 2011, 9:58 GMT)

kenya is better than bangladesh

Posted by Ash on (March 22, 2011, 9:30 GMT)

calvin_n is spot on. I read in an article on cricinfo that before this World Cup since 2003 Kenya have played 12 ODI matches against test nations... 12 ODI's in 8 years after a semi-final finish in 2003... this really shows a lack of exposure to top level cricket for the Kenyan side and the blame must fall with the ICC not the Kenyan players. It is now being shown that the ICC has no real interest in expanding cricket outside of the test playing nations or if they do it is getting harder and harder to see it.... Sure Kenya were dissapointing and if we ever see them again at a World Cup you can bank on this kind of result being the norm until there are structures in place that allow cricketers from Associate nations to consistently experience top level cricket.

Posted by Zoeb on (March 22, 2011, 8:02 GMT)

Why should it take so long (by May) to finalize the review? With such disastrous performances first thing to do is to terminate contract with all players. Let them be without Salaries for a 2-3 months to realize that they cannot be paid for services not rendered. They must be punished. Players cannot fault preparations before the WC proper. They were given all opportunites, including high performance visit to South Africa and tour of Gujarat. One thing is for sure: Kenya has lost market value. Good teams will be hesitant to tour Kenya. All said, let us hope the cricket administration will do the postmortum seriously and come out with a solution. Sooner the better.

Posted by Calvin on (March 21, 2011, 23:35 GMT)

But their performance against Australia should give them positives...None of the Aussie bowlers could get Collins Obuya out...It is a matter of lack of exposure at the highest level since 2003.

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