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Stakeholders call for State push to get cricket out of the woods

Barry Silah @obel_barry

Government through Ministry of Sports and other allied bodies have been urged to get more involved in implementing changes in the dwindling prospects of the cricket game. During a Stakeholders Meeting held at the Railways Club Saturday, a group of ex-players expressed concern of how Cricket Kenya has degenerated to its worst levels in years.

This marked by Kenya’s recent relegation to the unheralded Division Three alongside other minnow countries following the national senior men’s team poor showing in Namibia last month. It was proposed that a steering committee be put in place even before any elections are held at CK so that structures are put in order.

In a strongly worded statement, the group called for urgent changes to help the sport regain its lost stature. Speaking to the media, the meeting’s head convener and former international player Edward Odumbe asked the ministry through the Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa to intervene especially on matters of finances and inclusion.

“We are saying this state of affairs must change. It can no longer be business as usual. We call on Government in partnership with International Cricket Council to quickly constitute a caretaker committee with a limited mandate to midwife reforms at CK and call for urgent polls,” he said.

CK in the recent past has come under sharp criticism over its development priorities and utilisation of ICC grants. Cumulatively, Kenya has received in the past 12 years at least Sh1.7 billion from ICC which critics argue has not been put into proper use thus demanding thorough audit.

Additionally CK has been accused of operating under an outdated constitution seeing as the Association had not complied with the Sports Act 2013. “The Act was clear on the process to partake yet CK have not found it fit to follow due process and implement changes.

The document was meant to harness the running of Sports which the CK Management obviously ignored,” added Tariq Iqbal another ex-international.

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