Court delay deepens Kenyan cricket crisis

Published: Friday, February 11, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Nairobi:A court intervention aimed at resolving the current leadership crisis in Kenyan cricket will have to wait a little longer after an inter-party hearing failed to start.

Nairobi High Court Judge Milton Makhandia had issued a summons to Kenya Cricket Association (KCA) officials and the interim committee appointed by the sports minister Ochilo Ayacko in a bid to reach a solution to the stalemate.

But the hearing failed to kick off due to a busy court time table.

"The case will now be heard on March 7," said Walter Amogo, a lawyer for the government-appointed committee, which is seeking to quash an earlier court order issued by Makhandia blocking members of the committee from running the KCA until fresh elections in April.

The delay is expected to further complicate the worsening situation in the sport following the government's decision to freeze all the bank accounts operated by the KCA last week.

The KCA chairman Sharad Ghai said the association was experiencing a cash shortage following the delay in remittance of funds from the International Cricket Council (ICC) which may affect Kenya's preparations for the upcoming African Intercontinental Cup qualifier against Namibia in Windhoek on February 25-27.

The team has been holding makeshift training sessions under new head coach Mudassar Nazar at the Simba Union club after the ICC rejected Kenya's appeal to postpone the three-day match until the impasse is resolved.

But Ghai said they were determined to travel to Namibia and play the match despite the circumstances.

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