Kenya extends new invite, urges Kiwis to honour tie

Published: Friday, January 31, 2003, 22:22 [IST]
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Nairobi: Kenya urged the New Zealand team on Friday to honour its World Cup match in Nairobi next month, dismissing Kiwis' security concerns as 'misconceived'.

New Zealand announced on Friday it would not play its World Cup match in Kenya on February 21 due to fears for the safety and security of players. "Concerns about insecurity are misconceived," Kenya Cricket Association chairman Jimmy Rayani told a news conference. "They have no valid reasons for the matches to be taken away ... every country can start acting the same way as New Zealand. I still hope they will change their decision," added Rayani.

On Thursday the International Cricket Council's (ICC) executive board voted 10 to two in favour of going ahead with the two World Cup matches in Kenya despite New Zealand's security fears. Kenya's Sports Minister Najib Balala also invited New Zealand to Nairobi. "I wish to reassure the world community that contrary to fears expressed by our sister Commonwealth country, New Zealand, ours is a country that continues to enjoy peace and tranquillity and does not have 'terrorist cells' as alleged," said Balala.


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