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Disgraced Tom Tikolo delays elections

Martin Williamson

May 28, 2012

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A remarkable last-minute court order obtained by disgraced former board chief executive Tom Tikolo prevented Sunday's already delayed Cricket Kenya elections being held.

Tikolo's action prevented most of the the country's largest body, the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NCPA), from participating in the elections. The NPCA has yet again been mired in in-house bickering over the past few months.

"It's very disappointing that the whole process keeps being frustrated by people who don't want to see elections being held," said outgoing chairman Samir Inamdar. "We didn't want to go against the court ruling. But we will keep an eye on Nairobi and we plan to take legal action against the branch for delaying the election process."

It is unclear who Tikolo was representing by his action. His own club has already distanced itself from the move.

That Tikolo threw the spanner in the works raised more than a few eyebrows as he was considered a peripheral figure following his dismissal for stealing funds from the board at the end of 2010. He withheld a payment of around $10,000 due to Cricket Kenya in respect of a tournament in the West Indies, an act that was only discovered when his email was hacked into and details revealed to the press.

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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