Team Kenya's will have an Indian sponsor to pick up its tab over the next year. Indian conglomerate Karuturi Global has signed a one-year deal to sponsor the Kenya cricket team beginning with the World Cup starting in Asia on February 19, officials said on Friday.
Cricket Kenya (CK) said the sponsorship, which is the single biggest deal to have been undertaken by the association, would cater for all the financial requirements of the team during the upcoming World Cup.
"We have had disputes on the issues of money in the past. The last thing we should be worried about going into this World Cup is money," said CK chairman Samir Inamdar. "Having negotiated our way into a formal aggrement with the players, everybody will now go into the World Cup and claim it," he added.
Kenya team captain Jimmy Kamande welcomed the move, saying: "Our main concern was that we could go to the World Cup without a team sponsor. But with Karuturi having come on board, all is well."
The sponsorship, whose sum was not disclosed, will also cover the development of cricket from the grassroots to the national level.