Kenyan President says yes, Nairobi tri-series is on

Published: Friday, July 26, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Nairobi: Kenya's President Daniel Arap Moi has given the green light to the Kenya Cricket Association (KCA) to go ahead with preparations to host the tri-nation series involving Pakistan, Australia and Kenya.

Moi's directive overrules Sports Minister Francis Nyenze's instructions to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) not to deal with the KCA, which, he alleged was not recognised by the Kenyan government. Kenya was asked by the PCB to replace New Zealand, which withdrew from the series originally scheduled to be played in Pakistan in March. The KCA agreed to host the August 29 to September 5 tournament as the third country. Moi advised KCA to "liaise with the Australian and Pakistan counterparts in order to make the tournament a success". Nyenze, who is in Manchester for the Commonwealth Games, had informed the Pakistan High Commission in Nairobi that the tournament would not go ahead. The minister disbanded the KCA executive committee in May citing financial mismanagement and replaced it with a caretaker committee. KCA, however, obtained a stay of execution against the minister's order.

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