Thatscricket - News - Sacked Kenyans may sign new contracts

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2001, 20:40 [IST]
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Nairobi: Kenyan cricket authorities have accepted to meet the 11 national team players whose contracts were terminated on February 3, with a hope of ending a three-week stalemate.Speaking at a news conference in Nairobi on Tuesday on arrival from Melbourne, Australia, the Kenya Cricket Association (KCA) chairman Jimmy Rayani said the association will meet each player individually to discuss their personal terms for the new contracts. Details of the new contracts were not available immediately, but it is believed to contain strict codes of conduct, such as disciplinary action for showing discontent during international matches involving Kenya and foreign teams."We are opening a new chapter. We want a commitment from the players that this kind of thing will not happen again. We want to move forward," declared Rayani, who was returning from the International Cricket Council (ICC) executive committee meeting in Melbourne.Rayani denied that the latest development would pre-empt the government's action to appoint a committee to probe the KCA last week. KCA's decision to sack the 11 elite players has left the sport in disarray, with some of the country's leading players seeking playing contracts overseas.Disgruntled star batsman Steve Tikolo, who was not sacked but supported his other teammates, has left the country to join Mohammedan Cricket Club in Bangladesh.Tikolo and his captain Maurice Odumbe played as professionals for the same club in 1998.Copyright AFP 2000

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