ICC examine grounds ahead of ODIs June 27, 2006

Procter inspects Kenyan facilities

Cricinfo staff

Mike Procter has arrived in to Kenya to inspect facilities as the country prepares to resume hosting one-day international matches with a three-game series against Bangladesh next month. More games will be hosted in the build-up to the World Cup, culminating in the inaugural ICC World Cricket League next January.

During his visit, Procter, an ICC match referee, is due to tour five venues in Nairobi, including the Nairobi Gymkhana ground which staged the 2000 ICC Knockout tournament but which has fallen into relative disrepair since, and the Indian Ocean coastal town of Mombasa.

"We need to have many of our facilities upgraded for official ODIs", Samir Inamdar, the Cricket Kenya chairman told AFP. "Apart from Nairobi Gymkhana, the other existing facilities need to be upgraded as well."

Roger Harper, Kenya's coach, recently criticised the local administration for doing little to improve the facilities, saying that the abundant cricket talent was not enough to make Kenya compete at the highest level.