by Ben Ochieng
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- A former Kenyan
international cricket player on Saturday lamented at the current
state of the game in the country, saying that sport’s overall
standards have slumped.
Karan Kaul, who retired from
cricket two years ago to set up a cricket academy, said that
Kenyans need to go back to the drawing board to arrest the
situation before its dire state became irreversible.
"There is no doubt that cricket in Kenya has taken a beating,
and the only remedy is to go back to the grassroots and start
afresh as though we have never played the game before," Kaul
told Xinhua in an interview at an international coaching forum
So dire is the state of cricket in Kenya to an extent that
there are even no national officials to run the game in the
country after two factions emerged, each claiming legitimacy
over the other.
Kaul, who is the director of Star Field Sports Academy, said
he started the institution in 2017 after he realized that
cricket was at its watershed and needed to be revived.
"I started with five players and now we have a student
enrollment of 250. This state of affairs has convinced me that
there is interest and talent out there that needs to be tapped,"
Kaul said that he came up with the idea of setting up the
academy following his many trips outside the country for
international matches where he was awed by the facilities and
structures for the game.
The workshop was conducted by Ryan Cook, head coach of South
African-based Gary Kirsten Academy and who is also the assistant
coach of Bangladesh national cricket team.
Ryan, alongside his father Jimmy Cook, who is a former South
African national team player and Garreth van Hoesslin, director
of coaching at Gary Kirsten Cricket, are in the country to
conduct the coaching sessions between April 6 and 12.
Over 30 coaches drawn from Kenya, Uganda and Sri Lanka are
attending the workshop which is a partnership between the two