Media tycoon vies for KCA chairman~~s seat

Published: Thursday, May 27, 2004, 0:13 [IST]
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Nairobi:Businessman-cum-administrator Sharad Ghai is to seek election as new Kenya Cricket Association (KCA) chairman at its annual general meeting.

Ghai, who has served as the KCA chairman of cricket committee and fixtures secretary for five years, is bidding to replace Jimmy Rayani, who is stepping down after 10 years.

"I am going for the big job. I have always had a passion for cricket since my youth," Ghai, who also represented Kenya in table tennis, said on Wednesday.

Despite his relatively junior position in the KCA hierarchy, Ghai, through control in his public relations firm, Media Plus, played a big behind the scenes role in securing tours to Kenya by the world's leading cricket nations for a series of One-day International matches since 1996.

He was also instrumental in bringing Indian professional players, like Sandeep Patil, Anshuman Gaekwad and Ashruj Manjekrar, to play in Kenya in the 1970s and 1980s.

Ghai said he would seek to open up an exchange cricket programme with India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to train young Kenyans.

"The three countries will also reciprocate by sending their players to the country to join Kenyan clubs in order to uplift the standard of the game", he added.

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