Thatscricket - News - Kenya govt steps in to resolve crisis

Published: Friday, February 16, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Nairobi: The Kenyan government on Thursday stepped into a cricket row when it appointed a six-man committee to resolve the stalemate over last week's dismissal of 11 national players by the Kenya Cricket Association (KCA). Members of the committee include former Kenyan cricket team captain Tom Tikolo, who was appointed International Cricket Council (ICC) development manager for East Africa last year and three officials of the National Sports Council (KNSC).Noah Katana Ngala, who is Home Affairs, National Heritage and Sports Minister, said the committee would meet the KCA and the sacked players in order not to prejudice Kenya's cricket aspirations internationally.Ngala also ordered the committee to investigate the KCA finances in the light of the player's grievances over better payment and other remunerations.The committee, which starts its work immediately, is expected to present its findings to Ngala on March 31.The sacked players, led by their captain Maurice Odumbe, have approached a law firm with the intention of instituting legal proceedings against the KCA for terminating their contracts.However, KCA officials have said they were willing to meet the aggrieved players through an arbitrator of their own choice.Copyright AFP 2000

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