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News: Kenya to start national league….

They have been saying this for a while now, but one hopes that this is the real deal given that they have now given a date of November to start the proceedings.

What I like most about this league is the fact that they are going to limit themselves to 4 teams, and that most likely, they will split up their 16 or so contracted players amongst these followed by the locals making up the rest. This format is generally considered the better one, otherwise, 1 team having 7 national team players playing against another which has only 1 is neither good for player development, nor for the entertainment value of the game. This method ensures that the best players will play each other at least.

CK tries to address the issue of the 3 day matches as well, but I am not very convinced about that answer. Some sort of a match allowance needs to be given to the players who are not centrally contracted, and that will make them think about taking time off work or doing something else to incorporate the league within the schdule.

The alternative is to have 2 day cricket, with 100 over innings. Thats not that bad either, and is better than not have any multi day cricket. The final alternative is to have 4 day cricket, split over 2 weekends. I am not sure what the weekends in Kenya are, I am assuming that they take Sat and Sun off. Yet another alternative is to limit the domestic league to 50 over and t20 formats, while having the national squad participate in Zim domestic, like this year. If Kenya had thrashed every Zim domestic team, which many of us thought they would, it would not have been an option, but it looks like Zim domestic teams are not that weak in front of Kenya full squad. After all, what participated in the Zim domestic this year was more than the Kenyan A team.

What Kenya should also do is to incorporate good players from Uganda into the league. I am quite sure that the top 4-5 players from Uganda are better than many of the Kenyan players, and incorporating them will only raise the standard. In addition to that, the chances of getting funding from ACA is also higher for the league now that the neighbouring countries, and the region as a whole, is involved.

Btw…. a question is. There was no 3 day cricket before either. How was Kenya able to produce Tikolo, Odumbe, Odoyo, M Suji, Otieno, Shah all together? All these guys were ODI standard players, and were probably better than many Kiwi players. But the talent went mostly to waste because both the KCA and the ICC did not time their moves correctly and expose them to better cricket. I dont see anything like that now in the curent Kenyan team. Mishra, Ouma, Obanda, Odhiambho… are pretty much associate level good players, not even exceptional at that level.

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  1. Onyango
    September 21, 2007 at 10:32 am

    Nairobi had a really good cricket league about 15 years ago. Players like Tikolo, Odumber and Shah got to play against professional players from India.
    I think Kenya has alot more talented players today than they did 10 yrs ago. There is a bigger pool of players to pick from as well. Some players seem to be getting complacent and should be dropped – players like Ouma. Get professinal help for Alfred Luseno and Collins Obuya. These are gifted bowlers and they can easily trouble players from lower ranked test teams.

  2. farhan
    September 21, 2007 at 10:33 am

    GREAT news if they are going to expose such leaugue I hope that will work better for CK , AND that be able to produce players of qualities of likes of SHAH , TIKOLO in future for kenya.I agree with the point that neighbouring countries like UGANDA and if possible TANZANIA can too get benefit from this leaugue by sending thier national teams to participate, but I THINK as I heard from net resourses major problem is funding, CK does not have enough money to even bear the costs of such league to even for its own domestic teams. so how to overcome that probelm there can be a solution like that any populer sponsers from LOCAL AREA can sponser each team ,same is true for teams like UGANDA, AND TANZANIA THEY can get good sponsers if possible to offord the costs of journey.AS far as the concerned of 3 days matches I am in favour of that to be introduced in leauge WHAT I saw during T 20 worldcup kenyans were really lacking in basic techniques , also they don’t have genuine wicket taking bowlers,how they can get such resourses only be playing 3 days cricket,so if happeneing 3 day matches in leaugue thats great news for cricket kenya

  3. Tom Lewis
    September 21, 2007 at 12:14 pm

    Hopefully this wil help develop some decent players for Kenya. in particular is the need to develop ‘Fast-medium’ bowlers instead of the abundance of medium fast and medium pacers. I understand that Alfred Luseno has a lot of raw pace, up and around 80mph. I am unsure how fast Elijah Otieno is, however like all associates the key is a bit of raw pace. We all saw how effective Boyd Rankin was at the World cup bowling at around 85mph albeit with his great height.

    In terms of batsmen people like Maurice Ouma and Tanmay Mishra have decent techniques but have been very inconsistent. Hoepfully this elite league will help them develop. great news for kenyan cricket

  4. September 21, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    Farhan….. I did not mention that the entire Uganda or Tanzania teams should participate….. but they can start off with 5-6 best players from Uganda/Tanzania and see where it goes from there. It is after all a Kenyan league, and they would rather not want to have more than 1/10 of the players as imports…..

  5. farhan
    September 22, 2007 at 1:30 am

    well when national team of AFGHINSTAN can take part in pakistani league and so does the kenyan team in zimbabwean logan cup, why its not possible to put up full national teams of tanzania, and uganda, actully my point is that participating such teams would create some national competations and so will this create some crowd interest too, though thats tough ask for cricket in kenya to attract ppl.ALSO full natioanl team would help these countries to build a good side that might be great for these 3 nations in future to develop as cricketing nations,as I am looking there are no games for uganda and tanzania other than ICC CRICKET leaugue,SO that LEAGUE CAN BE HELPFULL FOR GIVING SUCH YOUNG TEAMS SOME CRICKETING EXPOSURE, but the point remians there that is are there enough funds to attract such teams to play in elite leaugue?
    BEST OF LUCK FOR CRICKET IN EAST AFRICA.

  6. farhan
    September 22, 2007 at 1:40 am

    COMING to fast bowling problem ,I am surprized that kenya did not have any good pace bowler, with physics and height african ppl have thats really surprizing,why ACA did not have fast bowling academy there right in africa from where every african nation can be benefitted, I am sure these AFRICAN ppl ARE MORE SUITABLE TO FAST BOWLING DUE TO STRONG NATURE OF THIER PHYSICS THAN ANY OTHER NATIONS.GENUINE FAST BOWLING IS MORE NATURAL ART COMAPRED TO BATTING , WHAT YOU HAVE TO DI TRY TO PUT SOME EFFORT,AND CONSUME SOME ENERGY, LINE AND LENGTH WILL COOME AUTOMATICALLY,IN PAKISTAN WHERE EVERY 2ND PERSON WANTS TO BOWL AS WUICKLY AS POSSIBLE IGNORING THE IDEA OF LINE AND LENGTH AS AN EXAPMLE OF SUCH NATURAL TALENT.SO WHAT KENYA AND OTHER AFRICAN NATIONS REQUIRED FAST BOWLING ACADEMY TO HELP OUT THEM IN THIER ACTIONS, I THINK NATURLA TALENT IN THE FORM OF THIER PHYSICS NAD HEIGHT IS ALREADY THERE.

  7. Onyango
    September 22, 2007 at 2:47 pm

    You need to stop this Physique thing.You wouldn’t like it someone started making silly remarks about the pak and bangla players.

  8. farhan
    September 22, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    well i was just telling the reality one should face that , as far as bangladesh concerned they need some tall fast bolwers to be good in this department they are quite taleneted in other departments but what they are lacking is really quick pace bowlers

  9. September 23, 2007 at 1:49 am

    I dont think that there is any rule that tall men make better bowlers etc. We have had short, stocky, tall, medium height….. all sorts of bowlers…… I think the logic is that if you are a good bowler, you can use the height to your advantage…… but being tall does not make you a good bowler…….. waqar younis was a medium height guy, so was aaquib javed….. wasim akram was quite tall, but shabbir ahmed was taller, and was a chucker and sucked…… sami is a shortish guy, but very quick……. asif is a tall guy, but not very quick, and i am sure that with his brains, even if he was 6 inches shorter, he still would have been a good bowler…..

    there were indian bowlers, like venkatesh prasad, and abey kuruvilla….. both very tall and very oridinary…… now thier guys like zaheer khan, pathan, sreesanth, are not big tall guys, but are better bowlers…… brett lee or shane bond are not ultra tall either……

    then again, bowling is not only pace bowling…. you can produce a version of vettori or murali……

  10. farhan
    September 24, 2007 at 11:19 am

    well again misunderstood my point,I did not said to be tall is only thing to be a good fast bolwer well you can have good bowler even with medium height, but you need to be strong. I think there used to be natural culture to produce fast bowlers,I think pakistan do have that, once WEST INDIES used to posses that luxury.

  11. September 24, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    pakistan’s production of fast bowlers has little to do with diet, or height, or build. India has many more such people with the same or better height. Pakistan’s production line of fast bowlers has to do more with 20 decades of hero worship and exposure to imran khan, wasim akram, waqar younis….. it also has to do with the death of all other sports, like hockey…….. atheletes have only 1 sport to go to……

    its not that the caribbean men today have become shorter, or weaker, or undernourished…….

  12. Efaz
    September 25, 2007 at 4:41 pm

    Could not find a recent discussion on Nepal, so I am posting it here –

    Roy Dias has ruled out a chance to coach Bangladesh national team. He said he is engaged with Nepal atleast until next year March. Wow! the guy is really committed to Nepal!

    Bangladesh cricket board still have him short listed along with Gordon Greenidge and John Dyson.

  13. September 26, 2007 at 5:45 am

    Bangladesh still have Gordon Greenidge short listed?? Last time when Greenidge was their coach, he quit saying that Bangladesh is all talk and no play!. He does have a Bangladeshi citizenship though, given to him after he returned victorious from the 1997 ICC trophy.

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