Minister throws spanner in Kenya~~s tri-series bid

Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Nairobi: Kenya's acceptance to host the triangular One-day series involving Pakistan and Australia here next month may have hit a snag after the Kenyan Sports Minister advised against it, local cricket officials said on Tuesday.

Kenya had been asked by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to replace New Zealand, which withdrew from the series originally scheduled to be played in Pakistan in March. The Kenya Cricket Association (KCA) willingly accepted to host the August 29 to September 5 tournament as the third country. However, Sports Minister Francis Nyenze advised the PCB, through the Pakistan High Commission in Nairobi, that it would not be possible to stage the event here since the KCA was not recognised by the government. Nyenze dissolved the entire KCA executive in May and appointed a caretaker committee to run the sport for a period of three months. But the KCA moved court and obtained an injunction against the minister's intervention, claiming its eligibility as the rightly-elected body. The move was supported by the sports governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), which said it would abide by the court ruling. "This is just being too personal. It's the country's name which is at stake here," KCA cricket committee chairman Sharad Ghai said. Nyenze and his senior staff left Nairobi on Monday to attend the Commonwealth Games, which opens on Thursday in Manchester, England. Ghai said the KCA would convene an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss the matter. Kenya is scheduled to host New Zealand and Sri Lanka in two matches of the 2003 World Cup in February next year.

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