Unrest in the country to blame January 11, 2008

Kenya coaching vacancy faces further delays

Cricinfo staff

Cricket Kenya might delay shortlisting candidates for the vacant national coaching position in the aftermath of the unrest inside the country following December's presidential elections.

A six-man panel is due to meet this weekend to discuss applications but a source told Cricinfo that holding interviews now might not be a good idea.

Kenya have two Intercontinental Cup matches in Sharjah in the next month but after that their calendar is bare until August, and it is unlikely that they will be able to attract any sides to travel to the country. There had been talk that Zimbabwe, who also have a free schedule, would visit but they seem reluctant after they were embarrassed in a 2-2 draw in a one-day series in 2006.

Reports in the local media suggested that former India coach John Wright had applied for the position but this was dismissed by the source. It was also stated that Andy Kirsten had applied. He was one of the front-runners before Roger Harper's appointment in 2005 but at that time he had existing commitments he was unable to get out of.