The national men cricket team yesterday got a timely boost thanks to ex-Cricket Kenya chairperson Jackie Janmohammed who donated Sh 1.6 million to the players, to end a go-slow and convince them to honour their tour of Oman which starts this Friday.
Players who complained of going for two months without salary, had threatened to boycott the World Cricket League Division Three qualifiers following lack of allowances and two months unpaid salary arrears.
The move came as a huge sigh of relief for the dispirited players who have of late been left in the middle of a court battle between an Interim Committee formed by Sports Minister Rashid Echesa to run the sport and the elected Cricket Kenya officials over management issues.
Speaking to members of the media when she presented the cash token to the players, Janmohammed decried the stalemate and hoped for quick solution into the cricket mess.
“It is unfortunate what is happening to the players who depend on the sport for their upkeep. We must drop the ego and fights in order to ensure that our players are taken good care of.
As a friend of the sport and a concerned citizen, I saw it fit to raise some money alongside friends so that the team can travel otherwise there would be sanctions,” said the former boss who was flanked by CK General Manager Josephat Muriithi at Nairobi Gymkhana Grounds.
The team is expected to leave tomorrow for the 10-day tournament in a bid to regain their Division Two status after they were relegated last year. Lameck Onyango will lead the team as the head coach after Maurice Odumbe was sensationally dropped by the Interim Management Committee while Collins Obuya will be the skipper.
However, Stray Lions seam bowler and former national team captain Shem Ngoche has urged his team-mates to step up their game and do the country proud in the forthcoming crucial qualifiers.