Cricket in Kenya is ‘dead’, says former captain Aasif Karim

According to Aasif Karim, who was Kenya’s first captain after the team got ODI status in 1997, cricket in his country is now dead.

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by BIPIN DANI

There were hardly any fans at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport-NBO to greet the Kenyan team which earlier this week returned from New Zealand after losing ODI status.

“I am not surprised as I had seen this fall coming almost five to seven years back”, Karim stated. “Kenya cricket was in coma for the last five years and now dead and buried.

“Having began from the humble beginning to play for Kenya at the age of 17 in 1980 and finished at the World Cup 2003, in south Africa semi-finals,it pains me to see where Kenya cricket has gone.”

“When Kenya got ODI status in 1997, I was appointed captain,” he continued. “At that time, Bangladesh also got the ODI status.

“Until 2003, Kenya was 8-1 ahead between the two countries. Since then it has been a disaster for Kenya. Whereas Bangladsh has moved on to a much a higher level,” he added. “All stake holders will need to get together to chart a way forward to revive cricket in Kenya.

“If at all that happens sincerely,correctly, I think it will take at least 10 years to be a force In international cricket at the top level.

“We have excellent facilities and weather.

“We just need dedicated and competent people to run cricket!”

Bipin Dani

A Civil Engineer by profession, Bipin is also a senior cricket journalist in India.
He has toured UAE, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Malaysia, to name a few, and contributes to a large number of newspapers in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
His twitter bio reads: Eat cricket stories, drink cricket stories, sleep cricket stories.

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