NPCA in turmoil

Nairobi chaos hampers Kenya's progress

Martin Williamson

September 24, 2007

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The ongoing problems inside the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association - Kenya's largest and most influential province - continue to rumble on and are now having a detrimental effect on local cricket.

The NPCA has been in a state of flux since June when constituent clubs refused to approve annual accounts as there had not been an AGM for three years. There was also widespread criticism of the conduct of the NPCA board. The meeting ended in chaos with the acting chairman's report being rejected and accounts left unapproved.

A further complication was that the NPCA had not adopted a new constitution, as it had agreed to do at the time the old Kenyan Cricket Association was wound up. The board's reluctance to do so - stemming, so critics said, because it would in all likelihood mean the removal from office of several senior officers - was lambasted, and as a result a constitution review committee was set up to look into the matter. Its report is due shortly.

Another attempt to hold the AGM was due last Monday (September 17). Although all clubs were supposedly notified well in advance, NPCA officials cancelled the meeting at short notice and without contacting stakeholders.

One source said that senior officials had been trying to persuade clubs to change sides and back them but that move had been unsuccessful and they could not risk another public humiliation. The re-emergence of Sharad Ghai, the former KCA chairman, as a representative of Nairobi Gymkhana and someone closely allied to senior NPCA officials is not thought to have helped their cause.

The mess inside the NPCA has had two knock-on effects. The first is that the CK elections, which were due to have taken place by the end of June, have been put on hold as the board is of the opinion that to have them while the largest province's association is in such a mess would be detrimental.

The second, and the most serious for rank-and-file players, is that the once-prestigious NPCA league has become rather shambolic with stories of cancelled matches, disciplinary problems and umpiring disputes abounding. Given that the bulk of the national side come from the NPCA league, Kenyan cricket cannot afford such a state of flux.

Martin Williamson is executive editor of Cricinfo

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Posted by 560162 on (September 25, 2007, 6:03 GMT)

Oh no, not again. The last thing we want is trouble yet again, and the sport made to suffer. I have said time and again that the domestic league has been a joke for sometimes now. Sukhbans Singh, acting chairman of the NPCA, must take blame for the shambles. Instead of working along with CK, who he was instrumental in bringing to power, he seems to be working against them now. A leader has to be stable and consistent. It is the responsibility of NPCA to run the domestic league, not the CK. That the NPCA has failed, the most honourable thing to do is to resign. On part of CK, they have responsibility of organizing top class matches for the National team, a job they have done so well.

Zoeb Tayebjee

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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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