Kenya's cricket team boycotts training

19:02, June 18, 2010      

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Kenya's national cricket squad has boycotted training just a day before its departure for Manchester City in Britain.

The team is preparing for the International Cricket Council World Cricket League Division one set for the Netherlands from July 1 to 10.

Kennedy Obuya, one of the four players' representatives to Cricket Kenya, said late Thursday the players had vowed not to resume training until CK address their grievances.

The players trained on Wednesday as usual as their representatives held a press conference where it emerged that they were unhappy with two issues, contract and selection of players.

However, they refused to train any more on Thursday and joined their representatives who were holding a meeting where they announced their boycott.

Obuya said that players were unhappy in the way the contract was drawn.

On the selection of players they alleged that the selection sub-committee chaired by Nasoor Verjee applied double standards which they claimed to be discriminatory.

Obuya intimated that the Holland tour was in jeopardy and hoped CK will resolve the matter urgently. The World Cricket League is supposed to offer match practice and experience to Kenya.

After the build up matches in Manchester, Kenya will head to Amsterdam for the ICC World Cricket League Division one that runs from July 1 to 10. Kenya faces Ireland in their match opener on July 1.

Other teams taking part in the championship include Canada, Scotland, Afghanistan and the hosts, Netherlands. Apart from Kenya, Ireland, Canada and Netherlands will be taking part in next year's World Cup in Asia.

Source: Xinhua


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