Test status pushed to 2006
The International Cricket Council (I.C.C.) bosses President Eshan Mani along with Chief Executive Malcom Speed were in town to review the cricket scenario in Kenya. Unfortunately they were not pleased as various things discussed and agreed have not been met. Our Test Status desire has been deferred to 2006 where ICC will review the progress made.
They were concerned about the poor administrative infrastructure, in-house fighting and the weak performance of our under 19 team which failed to qualify for the under 19 world cup in Bangladesh earlier in the year.
They told Kenya it must step up its pace of reform before it can apply for full Test status in cricket. The International Cricket Council feels the Kenya Cricket Association is making slower progress than had been hoped.
Mani said: "Some deadlines have been missed and we have underlined the need for the KCA to commit to the agreed plan."
Some £540,000 has been pledged by the ICC to help Kenya develop its infrastructure to make the grade.
It saddens me to read and hear all that, especially when Kenyan cricket has been on the world map and has won praises all over in the last few years.
It is high time we salvage the situation by putting our heads together and work towards a progressive cricketing environment in the country.
Cricket and cricketers in Kenya have been suffering and wasting abundant resources and talent. I appeal to all parties concerned to re-group and put our cricket back on the high platform because that’s where it belongs.
The Maurice Odumbe saga has surprised many a people and the ICC hearing to take place in May under Justice Ephraim brings out interesting results if any. I will be surprise I anything substantial come out ofthis inquiry.
The match fixing saga in cricket has humbled many respected players inthe world with the likes of MohamedAzharuddin, The late Hansi Cronje, Ajan Jadja and many others.
It is a sad and a terrible example for people especially youngsters who look up to stars.
On a positive note, however, long time serving member of the cricketing fraternity, Mr. Jasmer Singh was honoured by ICC for the services he has rendered to the development of cricket over the years. Congratulations Mr. Jasmer Singh!
Our local season normally commences in May /June. It is imperative that all the parties concerned and stakeholders meet as a matter of URGENCY to discuss issues affecting domestic cricket while other differences are still going on. This may be the stepping stone to achieving sanity in the cricket fraternity.
We have already wasted a lot of valuable time in the past and we can no longer afford to waste any more or else we will miss the train for good!!!!
On the international cricket scene, the world is moving on. The recent India/Pakistan series is the best thing that has happened in the sub continent. This is a great opportunity to restore healthy and commercial relationship between the two countries and I can only sum that up that, no matter who wins the series, cricket is the winner. Well done both the countries and the people.
This once again reiterates that sports play an important role in bringing people together. Let us learn from this example by putting our differences apart and let the issue of focusing on cricket be the winner.
On another sad note, we recently lost Kenya Lawn Tennis Association chairman, John Warambo who has made great efforts to promote the game of tennis. It is now paramount that his dream and vision be continued. May God rest his soul in peace, Amen.