Kenya happy about points, but preferred playing: Ghai
Published: Friday, February 21, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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ICC rejects New Zealand appeal, Kenya gets 4 points
Nairobi: Kenya is happy to be awarded four points after the refusal of New Zealand to honour its matches in Nairobi, but would have preferred to win the points by playing the actual match, chairman of the Kenyan World Cup Organising Committee, Sharad Ghai, said on Thursday. "We are happy for the points, but we would have liked to play this match and win the points or lose and not to win points on technicalities," Ghai told after the International Cricket Council's (ICC) refusal to transfer the matches to South Africa. Ghai said the reasons given by New Zealand not to play in Kenya were "totally unjustified and was an insult to this country and its people." "We have many members of international media in Nairobi at the moment, who are quite happy with all the security and other arrangements for the two matches that were to held here on February 21 against New Zealand and on February 24 against Sri Lanka. "Most of them have told us in confidence that they don't understand why New Zealand has refused to come to Kenya," Ghai added. The decision came a week after the ICC had refused England's application to have its Group 'A' game against Zimbabwe moved from Harare to South Africa after the team claimed it had been the target of death threats. Zimbabwe, too, was awarded the four points after England boycotted the game.