What you need to know:
- The national team’s performance has declined, with players going for long periods without salaries and allowances.
- A country that was on the verge of gaining Test status in 2003 is now a pale shadow of its former self.
The latest effort to restore the lost glory of Kenyan cricket is welcome. The Cricket Normalisation Committee seems headed in the right direction, as it seeks to engage the stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the impasse in the sport.
The committee chairperson, retired Judge Joyce Aluoch, says it is important for the public to get fully involved. All the written memoranda should be submitted to the Cricket Kenya (CK) secretariat.
Last Wednesday, coaches, and players presented their views to the committee, touching on national team selection and management. Since its appointment on March 6 by Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed, the committee has reviewed the constitution and met with staff.
It has also established a secretariat and facilitated the vaccination of national team players in readiness for the restart of the season. This is important as President Uhuru Kenyatta has eased the Covid-19 lockdown, allowing the resumption of sports.
The committee should finalise the review of the CK constitution and draw up the roadmap to the July elections. T
he Alouch team comprises reputable individuals who can deliver cricket from the doldrums. A caretaker committee headed by former CK chairperson Jackie Janmohammed ended its one-year term in June last year without a solution.
The game has suffered since Kenya last qualified for the Cricket World Cup semi-finals in 2003. Leadership wrangles have hampered development. The national team’s performance has declined, with players going for long periods without salaries and allowances. A country that was on the verge of gaining Test status in 2003 is now a pale shadow of its former self.
It lost its One Day International status in 2015, with top-flight teams avoiding the country and the International Cricket Council (ICC) ceasing to grant the national team meaningful matches. The ICC also stopped funding CK with between Sh60 million and Sh70 million annually in August 2019. Kenyan Cricket must work with the Aluoch team to reverse the sorry trend.