Doubts raised over Kenyas share of WC matches

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2003, 0:27 [IST]
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Nairobi: Doubts were raised on Tuesday over whether Kenya would host two World Cup cricket matches next month after a delegation from the International Cricket Council (ICC) refused to reveal its findings after a two--day visit. Delegation leader Campbell Jamieson said in a brief press statement the decision would be made by the ICC after studying a report of its findings from meetings with Kenyan sports officials and security authorities. Kenya's chances of staging the matches against Sri Lanka and New Zealand were undermined by the November 28 terrorist attack in the Indian Ocean city of Mombasa, which killed 18 people.

"A significant amount of information and an understanding of security in Kenya has been obtained from various meetings," Jamieson, also the ICC marketing manager, said. "From this information, the delegation will prepare a report for an ICC decision, to be made in the next two days." But Kenya Cricket Association (KCA) officials said they were confident of staging the matches in Nairobi. "We are confident that we have made all our necessary requirements," said Sharad Ghai, who is both the KCA chairman and chairman of the organising committee. "Sri Lanka has already given its consent to play here and it is only New Zealand yet to send in its acceptance," he said.


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