Moles vows commitment to Kenyan cricket

Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Nairobi:Kenyan cricket coach Andy Moles said he was committed to seeing out his two-year contract with the national team despite recent press reports linking him with a new job as Scotland's coach.

"I am fully committed to Kenyan cricket," said Moles, who returned to the country on Monday from Christmas holiday in South Africa.

'I am here to prepare the national team to play Uganda in the ICC Intercontinental Cup,"he said on Tuesday, referring to a match to be held in Kampala on February 2-4.

A former batsman with the English county side, Warwickshire, who took over as Kenya's coach after the 2003 World Cup, Moles was widely reported to be set to replace Australian Tony Judd who quit as Scotland's coach in November.

But he denied having accepted the job, saying he had only spoken with the Scottish cricket authorities by phone from South Africa and had not travelled to Scotland for further talks on the issue.

He has already held discussions with the Kenya Cricket Asociation (KCA) chairman of selectors to name a new team for the International Cup tournament, which will also involve Namibia.

"We have no time left on our side," Moles said. "We need to start immediate preparations to face Uganda in three weeks time."

Moles led a bitterly-divided Kenyan side to the semi-finals of the inaugural tournament in the United Arab Emirates last November after defeating Uganda and Namibia in the African qualifying rounds.

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