Rombo to chair team probing cricket woes

By: RICHARD MWANGI

Kenya’s former rugby star, Edward Rombo, has been appointed chairman of an independent committee to address issues affecting the national cricket team.

Last month, members of Kenya’s cricket team said they had no confidence on the technical bench led by coach Steve Tikolo, his assistant Martin Suji, trainer Joseph Asichi and physiotherapist Joseph Mutisya, prompting Cricket Kenya to act.

The other members of the committee are Strathmore University hockey coach Meshack Senge, secretary of the Athletics Kenya’s arbitration panel Sarah Ochwada, and Cricket Kenya’s general manager Josephat Murithi.

Reacting to his appointment to the committee, Murithi yesterday said: “Although I am a member of the committee, I do not have voting rights.”

The CK chairlady, Jackie Janmohamed, stated on a terse media statement October 22 that her board would set up an independent committee with members from outside the CK board to look into issues surrounding the standoff between the national cricket team players and the technical bench.

SERIOUS ALLEGATIONS

She also said that serious allegations had been raised on both sides which had interfered with the national team’s performance. She added that as a board, they realised that the welfare of the players and the technical bench was paramount, adding that issues raised would be amicably resolved for the good of the game.

Both team captain Rakep Patel and his assistant Shem Ngoche resigned while the entire technical bench voluntarily stepped down from their roles.

Cricket Kenya appointed Patel player cum coach and Irfan Karim team captain for the Namibia tour only where Kenya took part in two ICC World Cricket League championship on October 30 and November 1.

Kenya won the two matches and now top the eight-team table of standings with six points. Kenya’s next assignment will be against Papua New Guinea between February and July 2016.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION