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UPDATED: 08:16, January 24, 2006
Kenya forms new cricket body
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Kenya has officially formed a new cricket body Cricket Kenya following the decision to dissolve the Kenya Cricket Association (KCA) in December.

The old KCA was dogged by financial trouble and allegations of mismanagement, and when the regime of Sharad Ghai was ousted in May, 2005, Samir Inamdar, the new chairman, inherited debts of more than 500,000 U.S. dollars with no assets.

"The former KCA council has approved Cricket Kenya as the sole body to manage, run and administer the game of cricket in Kenya," said Inamdar after a meeting in Mombasa.

"It was a unanimous decision taken by all the four provinces," he said according to a press release issued here Monday.

The decision comes three days before Ghai goes on trial on charges of stealing 3.3 million dollars from the KCA.

Inamdar said the change of the name was effected because the KCA had lost its glory in the public.

"For us to restore the lost glory of cricket in the country, my new office decided to change the name and start afresh," said Inamdar.

"Cricket Kenya has started afresh and we are not ready to think of the past and forward and improve the standards of the sport in the country," said Inamdar.

"Time of politics in cricket is gone and we are out for serious business of improving standards of cricket in the country," said Inamdar, adding his dream is to leave a legacy as the most successful cricket administrator.

Newly appointed coach Roger Harper said he has watched Kenya play competitive cricket and said the country has world class cricketers.

Harper said the foundation of cricket need to be strong for the game to grow.

"I will embark of assessment of the players first and I look forward to bringing changes in Kenyan cricket," said the former West Indies all rounder.

Source: Xinhua

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