NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
A lobby group comprising
of ex-international and current players, coaches, umpires and
other stakeholders has launched a bid to stop the upcoming
Cricket Kenya (CK) elections until constitutional reforms are
The group has also called for the setting up of a caretaker
committee to oversee the game in the East African nation until a
new board and officials have been elected and taken office.
Kenyan cricket was thrown into a leadership crisis
mid-February following the resignation of the board president,
Jackie Jan Mohamed, interim coach of the national team, Thomas
Odoyo and team captain, Rakep Patel after Kenya was relegated to
division three of the ICC World Cricket League following a
disastrous performance in the division two tournament in Namibia
where they lost all their matches.
Following the leadership void, the board of Cricket Kenya
called for elections to be held on March 24 to elect new
leadership, but the cricketers have launched a bid to stop the
In a strongly-worded legal notice, the team accused the
current officials of myriad of misdemeanor that include lack of
accountability in leadership, failure to publish their statement
of accounts, and failure to amend or draft a new constitution in
line with Kenya Sports Act 2013 as required by law.
"We demand CK to immediately halt and suspend the national
council elections as a result of the resignation of the
chairperson and director, and open their books for inspection
and any corrupt practices and criminal offences should be
reported to the appropriate authorities and prosecuted," the
letter said in part.
Those who signed the letter include former and current
international players Steve Tikolo, David Obuya, Martin Suji,
Tito Odumbe, Charles Obuya Francis Onyango and Edward Omondi,
Dennis Angara and Collins Obuya.