Anyway, it is long, so without further ado read it and make your own judgement:
UNDER 19 CRICKET WORLD CUP
As a consequence of this decision, Cricket
In 2006, at the invitation of the ICC to its members to host various ICC feature events,
It was nevertheless important for such an event to be in
The Under 19 World Cup involves 16 countries participating in four groups involving 44 matches being played over 15 days. It includes a Plate event which runs in tandem with the main event. The
It should be made clear that nowhere in the hosting agreement is there any mention of any requirement relating to the standards of the playing surfaces or any time limit for preparations. The host country is simply expected to have its facilities ready by the time of the event.
The intention to develop venues countrywide was conscious and deliberate and Cricket
The first inspection by the ICC was carried out in October 2008 – a mere 15 months before the event. ICC’s inspector, Andy Atkinson, reported that although
Based on that report, Cricket
In February 2009, ICC management unilaterally decided to call for alternate hosts.
In March 2009, in the absence of any meaningful response on its request for support, Cricket
Subsequent inspections by the ICC inspector in April and May 2009 were inconclusive. The reports indicated that although great strides were being made and that it could be possible to hold the event in
At the ICC meetings held in June, the ICC Chief Executives Committee (CEC) considered the presentation made by Cricket
(i) that the tournament be moved to
(ii) based on the standard of first-class facilities required, Cricket
The ICC Board endorsed this decision notwithstanding the very strong support
The ICC Board also agreed to refer
It should be noted that this decision to move the event was taken eight months before the tournament was due to be held
The ICC’s Associates and Affiliates informal meeting in June (which was attended by all 94 non-Test playing countries) condemned this decision. The meeting questioned the ICC’s commitment to development which ran completely contrary to its existing policy so far as hosting rights of this event are concerned.
Having learned of the difficulties that
With ICC taking this decision a lot of the positive developments that Cricket Kenya had managed to bring on board are now left hanging. Some of these positives, apart from undertaking huge investments in grounds upgrading are as follows: -
- A tournament paper had been drafted for discussion by the Kenya Government’s cabinet through the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
- Ministries such as Sports and Youth Affairs, Finance, Internal Security, Immigration, Local Government, Tourism and Transport had been approached personally and have been in liaison with Cricket
to support the event. Kenya
- The Government of Kenya had agreed to assist in the preparation of our U19 Team.
- The Ministry of Tourism had agreed to host a grand opening ceremony in the national park to be graced by H. E. The Prime Minister of
- The ICC Events and Cricket
offices had already finalised the preparation of the tournament hosting budgets after poring over a total of 9 drafts. Kenya
had brought on board various service providers as partners in areas such as accommodation, local transport, medical services, security etc all of whom had expressed their willingness to come on board. Kenya
- Bearing in mind that Cricket Kenya has no ground facilities of its own; we had to enter into partnerships with all the various Club owners on long term developments of the ground facilities. These discussions alone took quite some time to finalise.
had made inroads in developing partnerships with the concerned Local Government authorities for service provision during the tournament. Kenya
These are very positive strides that would have propelled cricket in this country to greater heights in bringing the game closer to the Kenyan population on an international platform.
Cricket Kenya rejects outright the patronising and inaccurate assertion made in the editorial in The East African Standard on 22nd July 2009 that it “went to sleep” after securing hosting rights to this tournament in 2006 and that it was incapable of working to a “set timetable”. As can be seen from the above, Cricket Kenya has done whatever it could possibly do to ensure, in the absence of any support, that the required works were commenced – notwithstanding the fact that the “timetable” to get its venues in order by June was only set by ICC in April this year.
The new ground facilities in Mombasa (at Coast Gymkhana and Aryans Sports Club) and in Nakuru (at Rift Valley Sports Club and Greensteds School) are well on track and will be ready before the end of 2009. New irrigation facilities for the Nakuru grounds have already been installed at both venues and are now fully operational.
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Tom J. Tikolo