Cricket team jets back from dissapointing world cup outing

Cricket team jets back from dissapointing world cup outing

Cricket team jets back from dissapointing world cup outing

The Kenya national Cricket team returned home on Monday night from their disappointing ICC Cricket world cup outing in India. The team finished at the bottom of group A having lost all its six matches against: Pakistan, Sri Lanka, NewZealand, Australia, Canada and Zimbabwe.

The team jetted in Nairobi at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after 7PM on a low key reception with no officials from Cricket Kenya nor the government  in sight to receive them.

Having played at his last world cup before retirement, veteran Steve Tikolo avoided the cameras but promised to give a detailed report of the team’s performance at a later date.

Speaking to the press after arrival, Coach Eldine Baptiste insisted he will not resign following his team’s disappointing outing saying it will be upto Cricket Kenya to decide his fate. Baptiste blamed poor preparation and inconsistency in training for the team’s poor show.

“You can’t expect to train for six weeks and win against the best sides in the world. You need to play more matches against stronger opposition on a regular basis.” He said

“I will respect the decision of the board concerning my future and as for now we need to concentrate on how we move the game of cricket forward. For me, I will treat everything professional until June. This was definitely not a good outing for us but then you cannot expect a miracle to happen over night, it takes time to create a winning side.” He said.

Team captain Jimmy Kamande admitted the team’s failure to impress but added that the outing was a learning experience for the side.Kamande was cautious to apportion blame on what could have been the genesis of the team’s disastrous performance saying it is not only the playing unit to be blamed but the entire cricket family including the coaching unit and the board.

“Most of the time when the team performs poorly, guys look at the players but then it is all corners of cricket starting from the board and the coach. Personally I think it is a big lesson for all of us to go back to the drawing board and set up new but better structures that will be good for the development of the game from grassroots.Thats the way forward.” He said.

Most cricket pundits have blamed lack of competition in the national league, poor selection, poor fielding and technical flaws to the disastrous outing and the back now lies with Cricket Kenya to determine and shape the next cause of action.

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