Kenya can learn from Zimbabwe verdict: CA chief

Published: Tuesday, October 19, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Nairobi:Cricket Australia chairman Bob Merriman said that the probe into racism in Zimbabwean cricket should serve as an impetus for Kenya in resolving its own internal conflicts.

Merriman, who arrived in Nairobi on Monday from Lahore, Pakistan, is a member of a nine-man independent committee to review the Kenya Cricket Association (KCA) constitution. He will represent the International Cricket Council (ICC) during the process.

"The probe by an independent body gave a significant report into the state of Zimbabwe cricket. It was a victory for African cricket and we've a lot to learn from that report," Merriman, an ICC board member, said at a press conference before the launch of the committee.

The 73-page report, compiled by India's Solicitor General Goolam Vahanvati and South African High Court judge Steven Majiedt, found absolutely no evidence of racism in Zimbabwe cricket.

He said the members have a big challenge to formulate a report which would serve as a way forward for Kenyan cricket that has been hit by infighting by officials over control and mismanagement in the running of the sport.

Kenyan senior players boycotted an ICC Intercontinetal Cup qualifier against Namibia in Nairobi early this month over their contracts. Some of the players also accused the Asian-led KCA management of racism.

"It is important that we have an idea of where we are going by January, when the report is presented to the ICC for the purpose of development," he said.

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