Cricket Kenya to take over reigns in Kenya

Published: Friday, February 18, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Nairobi:The Kenyan government has announced the creation of a new cricket body to replace the crisis-hit Kenya Cricket Association (KCA) in a bid to break a stalemate over the sport's governorship.

Sports minister Ochilo Ayacko said the International Cricket Council (ICC) had given its approval to the registration of the new body known as Cricket Kenya, which has received the backing from a majority of local clubs.

Ayacko said he had sought ICC approval after receiving assurances from the stakeholders, who met in Nairobi on February 13, that they have disaffiliated from the Kenya Cricket Association (KCA), which was disbanded in January for financial mismanagement.

"I have studied the issue as it is and the way forward is not to allow the affairs of KCA to steal the limelight," Ayacko told reporters at a news conference on Thursday. "The only body we recognise is Cricket Kenya."

He said the officials he appointed to an interim committee to replace the KCA last month would act in that capacity for Cricket Kenya until elections are held.

Ayacko said the government had been forced to formally recognize the new body because of persistent lawsuits brought by the KCA to prevent action against it over the past five years.

"Under the mismanagement of the KCA, the game has been bedeviled with internal wrangles, corruption and misappropriation of funds," he said.

"This has led to disillusionment among the players and other stakeholders who have boycotted playing for the country and supporting cricket activities," Ayacko added.

The new association has been given the mandate to select the national team to play Namibia in the ICC Intercontinental Cup in Windhoek from February 25-27.

Cricket Kenya acting chairman Isaac Kalua said they would retain the new coach Mudassar Nazar for the continental qualifier.

However, the chairman of the sacked KCA, Sharad Ghai, who successfully sought a court injunction against the Board's dismissal, said Ayacko's move to register a new governing body was unconstitutional.

"Our stay order against Cricket Kenya to operate stands," said Ghai in a telephone interview.

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