Africa Cricket body gives Kenya the green-light

Cricket Kenya CEO Jackie JanMohamed. Her association has embarked on spreading the game to the grassroots and will start with Kakamega next week. (Image: Courtesy)

The Africa Cricket Association (ACA) has endorsed Kenya to host International matches.

ACA Regional Development Manager Kassim Suliman says contrary to fears that Kenya is unsafe, everything is back to normal and therefore nothing to fear.

Addressing the media after meeting Cricket Kenya officials in Nairobi Thursday, Suliman said his Association will grant Kenya the support it requires to host future International matches including the forthcoming Under 19 Division One qualifiers that will involve six countries next year.

“We feel Kenya is safe. We are satisfied with the security arrangements and we want more international matches to be held here. We look forward to supporting Kenya in all aspects regarding cricket. We also want programmes to run efficiently and effectively and nobody should fear visiting Kenya,” said Mr. Suliman.

ACA chairman Kwesi Sago echoed his sentiments, adding that the continental body will not only support Kenya, but all the 22-member countries in Africa.

“Though our resources and scope is limited, Kenya has been getting support from International Cricket Council. Uganda fell off from the ICC funding but they are now back, playing in Division two. Regarding funding, I can’t give you the figures because that is a preserve of respective countries,” said Mr. Sago.

Cricket Kenya (CK) Chairperson Jackie JanMohammed disclosed that her association has embarked on spreading the game to the grassroots noting that next week, they will be in Kakamega.

“We shall be monitoring the progress of good players in the University Leagues with a possibility of approaching their institutions to offer them scholarships. With more tournaments, many people will be involved and the standards of cricket will improve,” she said.