Kenya news January 26, 2009

Ghai attacks "illegal" Kenyan board

Cricinfo staff

Former Kenyan Cricket Association boss Sharad Ghai has launched a remarkable attack on the current board, accusing chairman Samir Inamdar of putting his globe-trotting ahead of the interest of the game.

Ghai was ousted in 2005 after bitter disputes with players and stakeholders. Despite that, Ghai, who many suspect of still harbouring ambitions to return to national administration, claimed that Kenyan cricket was now at an all-time low.

Speaking to Sports Monthly magazine, Ghai slammed almost every aspect of the way Cricket Kenya is run. He reserved his most bitter attacks for Inamdar, a man who did more than most to help oust him. "The chairman is too preoccupied with the happenings at ICC at the expense of local cricket," Ghai said, "and who is paying for the travelling expenses."

Ghai also accuses the board of remaining in office illegally by not calling elections, a comment that one senior administrator under both regimes described as "the ultimate example of the pot calling the kettle black".

Elections, which are scheduled for next month, should have been held in June 2007 but have been constantly delayed by the failure of the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association to sort out their own constitution. "The same person who is in the chair presently was a strong advocate of amending the constitution to be in line with CK," Ghai said. "[But] the goal posts have been shifted to give the team the excuse to remain in power illegally."

Ghai then attacked the failure of the board to ensure that money from Tusker, the main sponsor, was paid. "I have had dealings in the past with the sponsors and can state they are serious people who meet every commitment and obligation," he said. "CK has been giving the excuse the delay has been caused by a change of guard, yet successor takes over what his predecessor left.

"Kenyan cricket has been reduced to the lowest standard of competition," he concluded. "Cricket in Kenya is now in the ICU and if emergency measures are not taken, it is going to die."

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  • Rohan on January 27, 2009, 15:54 GMT

    This is so ridiculous.Elections have not been possible, due to the state of the NPCA. This is not the fault of the CK board and therefore they and their chairman can not be held accountable

  • Zoeb on January 27, 2009, 6:04 GMT

    First of all I agree with Mr. Ghai that our cricket is at the lowest ebb evidenced by the results in the past few years. Lately, Kenya also had to struggle to beat Uganda. Ghai ruled with iron fist, no doubt, but the bottomline is he produced results, and brought Kenya on the international map. The management that took over from Ghai has not lived to the promises they had made. I am not saying that during Ghai's time domestic cricket was vibrant but what has the present management done to make it so? If at all, its gone from bad to worse. True, Ghai was accused of mismanaging funds but he was eventually acquitted from all charges by the Nairobi Court. On the point of the present boss of Cricket Kenya travelling so much, I beg to differ with Mr Ghai. The case was not different in the past.

    Zoeb Tayebjee.

  • E on January 26, 2009, 11:06 GMT

    He has to be having a laugh. How thick does he think people are. Remember the utter mess that he left kenyan cricket in when he was finally hounded from office. The country was an international parriah and the problems we have now are completely as a result of Ghai's mismanagement.

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