Pleasant and peaceful day to all readers this is about cricket in Kenya. Today’s article talks about their growth and fall in cricket. Kenya is an associate member of ICC. Joined in 1981 representing the Republic of Kenya which has T20 status granted by ICC. The team has played five world cups. Their highest results of playing in semi-finals in 2003 qualifying to the T20 world cup in 2007 was the best result.
Cricket in Kenya began in the 1890s when settlers and administrators played one another in Nairobi and Mombasa. In 1966 Kenya became a part of the East African Cricket Conference. And participated in a quadrangular tournament with three southern African countries. And Zambia playing games in rotational countries Kenya had won 9 of the 15 games. In 1975 Kenya took part in the world cup. Most of the players are from East Africa. With the same team in the 1979 ICC trophy. When Kenya made its flag in 1982 played under its association. In the 2003 world cup reaching the semi-finals was the highest achievement.
Kenya cricket board
In the matches happening in Kenya and other domestic matches the board is responsible to maintain the law and spirit of the game. Kenya’s board is facing huge problems like constitutional issues and financial irregularities. Which had 500000 dollars debt with economical downfall.
The ICC and Kenya government formed a new provisional board to avoid problems forming a new constitution and creating new rules election conducted the new one was elected and soon when money comes to an administration area continually corruption occurs same happened the first elected CEO resigned due to cash scandal the next served for two years and went to administrate Rugby.
Being a runner up in the ICC trophy in 1994 qualified to the 1996 world cup played against India A and South Africa trying to bring the wider audience and the crowd but failed in the first ODI appearance against India, the match-winning performance by Kenya against west indies by defending a low score of 166 winning by 73 runs helped them to get the ICC ODI status hosting quadrangular series and whitewashing the Netherlands in four matches ODI series. Read about Zimbabwe Cricket.
When Kenya, India, Bangladesh played the triangular series, the last match of the round-robin Kenya beat India by 69 runs. ICC emerging nation tournament between Kenya, Zimbabwe A, Denmark, Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands and went to win the tournament and going to India for seven-match tour winning six.
In 2001 the triangular series between South Africa, India, Kenya once again in the second match Kenya beat India by 70runs for the second time. Then after further matches against various opponents, Kenya couldn’t put his best and failed to qualify for the 2002 champions trophy. But in the 2003 world cup beating Canada, Srilanka, Bangladesh, and qualifying to super six the first non-playing test team to qualify. They didn’t qualify for the semi-finals. Kenya A was given more importance than team Kenya. Which went to lose the ICC champions trophy in 2004. Match-fixing issues, players strike went team without sponsors. Read about SA Cricket.
The ball doesn’t bounce
Seems to be a rebuilding phase from 2005 team has not improved much finding only series draws and losing the tournament playing as a team they couldn’t qualify to 2011 which may be the endpoint to the Kenya team to come back strongly they need infrastructure, money, proper administration and good sounded technical players.