Friday, May 08, 2009

Upgrading the grounds, what about the players

Good to see (report in today's nation) that Cricket Kenya are in the process of upgrading several grounds in Mombasa, Nairobi and Nakuru in preparation for the U19 WC next year. All well and good, when the cream of the World's upcoming cricketers come to Kenya, they will be met with good pitches and will be able to play at the top of their game. Excellent. what happens when they come up against our lads?

It is absolutely vital that CK give a proper preparation to the U19 team otherwise we are going to get absolutely demolished by the likes of Australia and India. Not least is the need for the team to play together consistently and build up their skills as a unit. No word has yet been forthcoming on whether the elite Leagues will run this year, but if so, it must be strongly considered for the U19 team to feature as an entity in itself. CK should also consider a tour to a Full member with a stint at one of their Academies (thank Ben for that idea!). Without a decent preparation, our boys will suffer big time and that will be neither fair to them nor to Kenyan cricket.


Ben83 said...

Hhaha, sweet mention. The reason I mentioned it is a few Bermudan players went to the Centre Of Excellence in Brisbane and their games improved a great deal (unfortunately their team didnt).

Andruid said...

Didn't know about the rennovations in Nakuru and Nairobi. Good find.

I suppose to rellay develop world class youngsters one needs world class facilities.

Any word on the Elite leagues yet?

Ben83 said...

Just out of curiosity, have any of you guys emailed Cricket Kenya with your thoughts before?

Onyango said...

I emailed Tom Tikolo and Salim Inmadar. Haven't heard back from them.