I don’t normally post on Provincial (or county)level tournaments, on account of the fact that I prefer national level domestic competitions as a measure of the strength of the game in question. However with this post I make an exception.
Over the weekend Kanbis Sports Club defeated Sikh Union to win the Nairobi Province Super League for the 14th time in a row. In the absence of an East Africa Premier League, or Cup this year (or for the immediate near future), this makes them the best domestic cricket club in the country right now.
Given that the nations team captain as, well as the bulk of players turning out for Kenya’s youth teams over the past few years are Kanbis players, it further shows how much more dependent the game is dependent on them than ever before.
Before them, Swamibapa (Kanbis’s most fierce rivals by the way) had made similar run of dominance of the game, and it was through their scouting programme that the bulk of Kenya’s legendary team at the 2003 World Cup was scouted and introduced to the game.
Is this kind of one team domination a good thing or not for the game? Well it depends with what the dominant team chooses to do with that dominance. Swamibapa, as I stated made their prominence into a platfo0rm to fuel a ‘golden age’ for Kenyan Cricket as a whole. During Kanbis’ reign however (mostly due to things they can’t be blamed for) Kenya’s cricket as a sport has suffered a crisis.
What can Kanbis’ success teach the rest of the game? Will the likes of Swamibapa, Sikh Union, Premier, Stray Lions or a new entity that has not come to the fore yet take this challnege to catch up with and overtake Kanbis? Will their model be studied and applied by aspiring sport organisations in and outside of Nairobi? Will their winning culture translated to whichever national teams their players get called up to?
I am hoping the answer to most of these questions is yes, because, Kenyan cricket at all levels needs it