Its time #Cricket #Kenya took the bull by the horns!

Recently a Kenyan Member of Parliament, the Nominated Ms Amina Abdalla to be precise, requested a ministerial statement on the floor parliament demanding answers to the the slipping fortunes of Kenya’s national cricket team (as well as all the drama that has surrounded pretty much everything in Cricket Kenya from central contracts to the recently postponed elections). The Minister in question, Assistant Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Kabando wa Kabando, responded with a statement that elicited public responses from all manner of quarters, except Cricket Kenya itself. Among other things in the statement, the government claims to have instituted an audit of Cricket Kenya’s books to look into all manner of things, including most regrettably, alleged racism in the determination of player wages in central contracts. This blogger is savvy enough to know that the racism part of the probe is a straw man probably put out by elements with their own agendas against Cricket Kenya board. In any case, addressing whatever issues might actually be there in cricket in Kenya through the lens of race will on only muddy the waters but push whatever goodwill is needed for a long term solution even further away than it is now. It is no secret though that since the miracle of 2003, the results of Kenya’s mens national team has been in pretty much steady decline. It is no secret that on top of being mainly accessible only to the upper and upper-middle classes of society, the bulk of Kenyans who play cricket happen to be from Kenya’s South Asian minorities. It is also not a secret that there are virtually no publicly owned cricket facilities (like a Kasarani or Nyayo stadium) through which cricket activities can be arranged. For the most part these problems were there long before Cricket Kenya and to the best of this blogger’s knowledge there is no deliberate policy to keep things as they are. During its own tenure, Cricket Kenya has plugged or set out to plug massive gaps in terms of creating a national league, setting up formal youth and womens cricket structures as well as allowing an enabling environment for visionaries like the respective founders of the Maasai Cricket Warriors and Legends Cricket Academy to do their thing. Why it allows anybody to define it by issues it either hasn’t solved or cannot be solved with magical silver bullets is…astounding.

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Author: kimemiamaina

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