By: RICHARD MWANGI
The independent committee formed by Cricket Kenya last Thursday to address challenges at the national team is expected to give its recommendations on the way forward on Wednesday.
The CK general manager, Josephat Muriithi said: “The Edward Rombo-headed four-member committee on Friday met both national team players and the technical bench led by national team coach Steve Tikolo and his assistant Martin Suji, trainer Joseph Asichi and physiotherapist Joseph Mutisya.
“It was a very cordial meeting as people opened up.”
The other members of the committee are Strathmore University hockey coach Meshack Senge and Sarah Ochwada, the secretary of the Athletics Kenya arbitration panel.
The formation of the committee follows a letter by the players to CK stating that they had lost confidence in the technical bench. Rakep Patel and Shem Ngoche resigned as captain and vice-captain, respectively.
When the technical bench stepped down before the team left for Namibia last month, CK appointed Rakep as player-cum-coach and Irfan Karim as the captain for the Namibia tour.
Murithi said the players have been training on their own since they came back from Namibia. They are very focused on their next ICC World Cricket League championship, to be held in Papua New Guinea next year between February and July.
“Former national player Sibtain Kassamali, who also turned out for Swamibapa in the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association league in the 1990s, has been guiding the players on a voluntary basis,” Muriithi added.
Muriithi accompanied the team to Windhoek, where they won both their World Cricket League matches against Namibia. Kenya now top the table with six points.
The ICC is using the event as a pre-qualification for the 2019 World Cup in England that will feature 10 teams. The top four teams will join another six in a World Cup qualifier in 2018 in Bangladesh, where the two finalists will earn tickets for the finals.
SOURCE: DAILY NATION