Friday, July 14, 2006

A Satisfactory Solution To Changed Schedule

Cricket Kenya have confirmed new dates for Kenya's upcoming matches, and the news all seems to be good. The Intercontinental Cup match will be played, as per the schedule from 29th July to 1st August, inclusive. There is then a 3-day break before the two ODIs against Canada on 5th and 6th August. Kenya fly home on the 7th, and will then have 4 days to re-acclimatise and prepare for the Bangladesh matches which will now be played on August 12th, 13th and 15th. This means Kenya have two of the home games over a weekend, which gives the best opportunity to fill the ground and will do doubt be appealing to sponsors.
There have also been moves to ensure good relations are maintained between Kenya and the other Associates. Bermuda have been invited to play all of their One-Day matches against Kenya in Nairobi around their visit for the Intercontinental Cup, and have been happy to accept. Due to the high costs associated with the Toronto Cricket Club, both Canada and Bermuda are in fact reported to be happy with the situation, as costs for the teams come out of the World Cup War Chests, so at the moment it looks like smiles all round.
This was a tricky situation for Cricket Kenya, and they have negotiated the potholes better than a route 5 matatu. If things had gone wrong, we could have either lost out on playing Bangladesh, raised the ire of either Bermuda or Canada or even all three countries. As it is, Kenya seem to have come out of this unharmed, indeed in a stronger position as it gives us two extra home games, plus time to sort out sponsorship for the Bangladesh matches. Credit must go to Cricket Kenya for this, and indeed to the other boards for managing to sort this out in such a mature manner. Perhaps some of the Full members are watching and could take a few notes on how things should be done in this type of situation.

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