Save Our Game! Plead Cricket Stakeholders

Save Our Game! Plead Cricket Stakeholders

Observing that slightly over 18 years ago, Kenya became the first non-test playing country to reach the World Cup semis in 2003, the enthusiasts who consist of former players and administrators noted with concern at how low Kenya had sunk and fallen off the game’s global radar.

Cricket enthusiasts in the country have put out a plea to the game’s fraternity and the Government to save the game from further ruin.

Their pleas come at a time when Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has instituted a normalization committee to run the affairs of the game. 

Observing that slightly over 18 years ago, Kenya became the first non-test playing country to reach the World Cup semis in 2003, the enthusiasts who consist of former players and administrators noted with concern at how low Kenya had sunk and fallen off the game’s global radar.

“We are in this current state because of years of inept administration by Cricket Kenya, the body mandated to govern the game in the country,” said Nikil Sharma a cricket fan.

“It is further disheartening to note that there is nothing to show for the exploits of the period between 1996 and 2003 when Kenya worked its way to the apex of global cricket. We are even struggling to compete against the likes of Uganda and Namibia”, Kevin Otieno added.

“We have seen a set of individuals band together to run Kenyan cricket as if it were their personal property. They have consistently frustrated all efforts to reform the game and more importantly align Cricket Kenya to the Sports Act of 2013 which will ensure transparent and accountable administration of the game.”

“ We are now faced with a scenario where  Cricket Kenya risks suspension from the International Cricket Council for failure to act on a notice issued by the ICC in 2018. It further risks having its conditional registration as a National Sports Organization revoked by the Sports Registrar,”  said David Obuya, a former Kenyan international.

 “With no Board in place at Cricket Kenya, more than 50 employees  have endured months on end without pay.  These are among the individuals who have borne the heaviest brunt of the leadership crisis at the organization. It is further disheartening that the organization leadership has used the Junior Development Programme for personal gain,”an employee of Cricket Kenya who wished not to be named added in conclusion.

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