Board wants coach to remain March 28, 2007

Kenya set to extend Harper's contract

Cricinfo staff

Cricket Kenya is expected to offer Roger Harper, the national coach, an extension to his contract which expires at the end of June.

Harper took over in January 2006, inheriting a side short on confidence and match practice. But he quickly instilled much-needed discipline and confidence, and although the Kenyans failed to make it past the first round of the World Cup, other results have been encouraging. Last month, the side won the World Cricket League, securing themselves a place in the Twenty20 Championships in South Africa in September.

Samir Inamdar, the board chairman, said extension for Harper, who is on vacation in his native Guyana, would be discussed. "The coach has done very well and we are very grateful to him for having created a unified team," he told AFP. "The team would have done better in the West Indies if it were not for some minor mistakes including giving away easy wickets. But we were not humiliated. We will ask Harper about his views before we make the final decision."

As well as the coach, the national team players are expected to be put under formal contracts for the first time in four years.