Nairobi: Kenyan cricket officials said on Saturday that they are confident that a team of International Cricket Council (ICC) officials due here this weekend will declare the country safe to host two World Cup matches. The Kenya Cricket Association (KCA) chairman Jummy Rayani said the visiting team, led by the ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed, would review security arrangements for the matches. Kenya is scheduled to host New Zealand on February 21 and Sri Lanka three days later. Both matches will be played at Nairobi's Gymkahana club.
Security concerns were raised following a terrorist attack on a hotel in the coastal town of Mombasa in November. Fifteen Kenyans and three Israelis died in the car bomb attack. "We would like to assure the delegation that there is no place as safe as Kenya," said Rayani. Other members of the delegation include the former New Zealand captain Jeff Crowe, who is representing the New Zealand Cricket Board, and the Sri Lanka Cricket Board chief executive officer Anura Tennekoon. Others are Australian Tim May, who is the chairman of the Worldwide Players Association and two South African World Cup security officials, Arrie De Beer and Ben Van Deventer.