(Xinhua) -- Cricket Kenya is reeling from crisis
following the resignation of the chairperson of the governing
board, Jackie Janmohammed and other members over the weekend.
Janmohammed who made history in
December 2012 when she became the first woman to head a board of
cricket in the world resigned on Saturday in the aftermath of
Kenya’s poor performance at the 2018 ICC World Cricket League
Kenya finished at the bottom of the
standings to be relegated to Division Three, fading further from
the top of the cricket playing pile in what represented the
lowest ebb of a once proud sport.
Nepal, United Arab Emirates, Canada,
hosts Namibia and Oman were the other teams involved in the
tournament which represented a downgrade for Kenya that was
accustomed to taking the might of cricket giants, West Indies,
Sri Lanka, India and New Zealand in the past.
Janmohammed announced board elections
would be held on March 24 as she challenged critics of her
administration to seek posts at the exercise.
Speaking to the BBC Focus on Africa
show on Monday night, the administrator who was reported to have
considered relinquishing her position last December explained
why she took the stunning decision.
“One of the consideration that I took
to account was the performance of the national team and
somebody had to take responsibility for it,” Janmohammed
told the show.
“Interim coach, Thomas Odoyo has
stepped down, the captain Rakep Patel has stepped down and I
took it on the chin and decided to also take that
responsibility the other two had.
“It was a very bad outing for Team
Kenya, let us not hide away from that. That is what
happened,” Janmohammed added.
Kenya, once recognized as one of the
best non-Test playing nations, were relegated to Division Three
after losing five matches in the Division Two competition with
Janmohammed arguing the performance was not related to
“All those players who play in Team
Kenya are contracted. They have been given their salaries,
allowances and bonuses if they won matches. They also had
five matches they played against Zimbabwe ‘A’ before going
for this tournament.
“So what other inspiration do they
need? Playing for your country is an inspiration in itself,”
the Nairobi-based lawyer argued.
Abhijeet Raja Sarkar, the CK Director
of Development and Tom Tikolo, the Nairobi Provincial Cricket
Association (NPCA) chairman, are said to have also quit the
board in solidarity with Janmohammed but the outgoing boss
dispelled notions there would be a power vacuum in administering
“Whenever there a vacancy of an
elected member, there must be an election in 30 days. The
office will continue until the elections are conducted,” she
assured quoting the CK constitution’s provisions on
“Whoever comes in next after I have
left can probably come up with fresh ideas and find out if
there is a new way to take it forward and give them better
inspiration like I did,” she maintained.
In a broadside to her critics,
Janmohammed insisted her decision was not driven by her own
failure to realise her vision of growing the sport in a country
that has been relegated to Division Two and Division Three
inside a year.
“I have received several calls with a
lot of people telling me to consider the decision from
outside but not from Kenya. It seems they did not want me
here and they have already said it in chat groups. They are
saying good riddance and hope she doesn’t come back,”
“Their hatred was an absolute
inspiration to prove them wrong but unfortunately when
people have blinkered vision there is nothing you can do to
change that blinkered vision,” said the immediate former CK
boss who quit her position in July last year only to return
“Being a woman is why I took the role
of responsibility. Sometimes you see people do not resign
but by doing so, I’m telling the world that women can take
responsibility for the actions of others,” she added.
Janmohammed made history when she was
elected as the first female to head the cricket governing body
and her decision to call it quits has plunged the CK into
She served as a legal advisor to the
old Kenya Cricket Association when the sport was buzzing and
went on to capture the imagination of the country and the world
under the stewardship of the late Sharad Ghai.
On assuming office, she was charged
with implementing the findings of a comprehensive review that
was carried out in the wake of Kenya’s disastrous 2011 World Cup
campaign - their worst performance in a World Cup.
Kenya were hammered by New Zealand -
who bowled them out for 69 - Pakistan and Sri Lanka, handsomely
beaten by Australia and, of most concern, swept aside by
Zimbabwe and comfortably beaten by Canada - an alarming set of
results only eight years on from a semi-final in 2003.