ICC referee inspects Kenyan One-day venues

Published: Thursday, June 29, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Nairobi:The International Cricket Council (ICC) has sent referee Mike Procter to Kenya to inspect facilities as the country prepares to resume hosting One-day International matches, local officials said.

Kenya is set to host Test-playing Bangladesh in three One-day matches next month and the programme will culminate with the inaugural ICC World Cricket League in January 2007.

That brings together the six associate members which have qualified for next year's World Cup in the West Indies.

During his visit, the South African-born Procter was due to tour five venues in Nairobi, including the Nairobi Gymkhana club which staged the 2000 ICC Knockout tournament, and the Indian Ocean coastal town of Mombasa.

"We need to have many of our facilities upgraded for official ODIs", Cricket Kenya chairman Samir Inamdar told AFP. "Apart from Nairobi Gymkhana, the other existing facilities need to be upgraded as well."

New Kenyan coach Roger Harper last month criticised the local administration for doing little to improve the facilities saying that the abundant cricket talent was not enough to make Kenya compete at the highest level.

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