Bangladesh in Kenya July 10, 2006

Cash-strapped Kenya postpone series

Cricinfo staff

The three-match one-day international series between Kenya and Bangladesh, originally set for Nairobi later this month, has been postponed by a further three weeks due to difficulty in raising funds to cover the costs of the trip.

Cricket Kenya (CK) chief executive Tom Tikolo said they required about 13 million shillings (US$176,000) to host the Bangladeshi side, with half of the amount raised through television rights and the rest through sponsorship or Cricket Kenya.

"We don't have the money. But we are talking to a few sponsors," said Tikolo. "We are still discussing with them and hopeful we will reach a deal within the next two weeks."

The series was initially scheduled for July 19, 21 and 23, but the matches will now be played on August 12, 13 and 15, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has since announced.

Tikolo said CK had reached an agreement with the BCB to play the series in mid-August after Bangladesh complete their tour of Zimbabwe.

However, he added Bangladesh would arrive in Kenya as scheduled on July 15 to hold their training and acclimatise for the five-match series against Zimbabwe which starts at Harare on July 29.