Don't let Nairobi hijack Kenya's future

This weekend's stakeholders' meeting in Nairobi threatens to be overshadowed by the ongoing row between the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association and Cricket Kenya which has rumbled on for months

Martin Williamson

November 30, 2007

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This weekend's stakeholders' meeting in Nairobi threatens to be overshadowed by the ongoing row between the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association and Cricket Kenya which has rumbled on for months.

In short, the NPCA has shown little willingness to amend its constitution, as its then chairman agreed to do in 2005, or to hold any kind of public meetings for almost three years. Its senior executives have almost all walked away, but still the rump remains at the helm and continues to throw up a string of smokescreens.

The ICC is known to be looking on with dismay, as the NPCA's actions means that national elections are now six months overdue.

The NPCA has lately begun to question the authority of the national board to rule over how it is run, even though it is a province affiliated to CK, and to the discredit of the remaining executive, a few individuals have used the media to launch attacks against the CK board in general and Samir Inamdar, the chairman, in particular. They are also asking questions about the CK finances when their own clubs have not seen the NPCA accounts for three years.

Some of the accusations are ridiculous, others scurrilous, but they all have one purpose - to deflect attention from the glaring issues inside the NPCA. Those at the helm of the NPCA know that the more mud they can sling, the greater the disharmony and the better their chances of clinging to office.

It has to be hoped that the stakeholders' meeting does not allow those running the NPCA to drag it into the dirt and that it addresses the more important issues facing Kenyan cricket. If it does, then it should be a most productive two days.

And it also has to be hoped that CK receives the backing of stakeholders to move in and remove the remnants of the NPCA executive and to hold fresh elections as soon as possible. For Kenyan cricket to move forward, it needs a strong NPCA and not one run by people whose only aim is self preservation.

Martin Williamson is executive editor of Cricinfo

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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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