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Mass resignations at Cricket Kenya after team’s recent struggles

Barry Silah @Obel_barry

Embattled Cricket Kenya (CK) chairperson Jackie Janmohamed has finally bowed to pressure and resigned following the sports recent dwindling fortunes.

Other notable names that have reportedly also resigned from the sports administration include Director of Development Raja Sarkar, head coach Thomas Odoyo, captain Rakep Patel and national team selector David Waters.

The sport has been on a downward spiral and the climax was when the national men’s team that reached the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup semi-finals in 2003, slumped deeper into oblivion as they were further relegated from the ICC Division Two to Division Three at the beginning of the year.

When Kenya earned the prestigious One Day International (ODI) status following their debut in the 1996 World Cup, it looked like the sport was headed for greatness, and indeed it was, until the ODI status was scrapped off in 2014, following a string of poor results by the national team.

Jackie Janmohamed (on phone) who has resigned as Cricket Kenya boss and below, Thomas Odoyo who has quit as coach. Photo/ALEX NJUE

Critics have in the recent past taken on CK management over their poor manner of running the sport. Many believe the chaos witnessed is as a result of lack of inclusivity at the top.

Former national team captain Aasif Karim says the fact that Kenya will be featuring in the Division Three having been regarded as one of cricket giants in Africa a few years ago does not surprise him.

“I am not entirely shocked because cricket in the past decade has been rotten. I put the blame squarely on structures that have been dysfunctional for the longest time.

Now it means the funding from ICC for projects will heavily reduce thus affecting our growth,” said the former left arm spinner. The team has also started this year on wrong footing as they lost all their qualifiers against minnows Namibia, Oman, Canada and promoted teams Nepal and United Arab Emirates.

“We need freshness of personnel and ideas thus an urgent stakeholders meeting is required. Our players, who are meant to carry the flag, have not inspired us well and should have done better,” he said adding that the incoming caretaker committee must prioritise streamlining operations. Former wicketkeeper/batsman Kennedy Obuya has urged for the creation of a separate competitive league carrying at least four teams to help with quality.

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