Really this post should have come out last week and on blogger but if they do not like folks posting via Mobile phones then I’m not gonna let that hamper me.
Anyway, the inaugural season of the Cricket Kenya Run East Africa Cup and Premier League came to a close (well sort of) last week with only one of Kenya’s four representatives (Kongonis, in the 50 over E.A Cup) vying for glory. Never mind the number of hurt egos in senior management this might cause, this should not cause the head honchos in Cricket Kenya to wrap things up and let the idea die (like the Sahara Elite League) it should be an eye opener to something that I reckon has been an elephant in the room for cricket in Kenya for the longest time.
I’ve been of the opinion that Kenya does not have the depth of playing resources to build the kind of team that we need to compete at this level never mind to fulfill the ambitions many of us still have for the game. We may have got away with it in the 1990s, but these days there are at least 4 Associates who by some lucky accident involving work permit court case on a handball player, and that whilst we were chasing each other up and down in court they were getting their youth set ups in order, have invariably more seasoned and exposed teams that we do. Ireland, Holland Scotland, and to a lesser extent Namibia are reaping the rewards of getting involved in competitions of Test nations (England and South Africa) and so on a certain level their national teams come more battle hardened than the best prodigies that come out the N.P.C.A. So hopefully these competitions will address that in the medium term. That aside we need loads more schools and institutions playing cricket so the level of competition needed to get into one of Kenya’s franchises rises and thus the quality of players they start with improves I’ve blogged enough about this in other posts so on to other matter
Off the field the support provided by SuperSport, Crown Berger, and various other corporates in a fantastic vote of confidence, hopefully the goodwill can be maintained going forward.
On a final note, maybe they should consider starting the tournament a month or so earlier so we don’t finish smack dab in the middle of a rainy season 🙂