CK officials differ over girls’ team composition
A rift has emerged in the cricket fraternity over the naming of the national women’s team for the United Arabs Emirates International T20 Cup next month.
The feud pits national team head coach Lameck Onyango and members of the selection committee over the composition of the squad.
According to the list shared on social media by a member of the selection committee, senior players including former captain Sylvia Kinyua, Mercyline Adhiambo, Mary Belle and Ruth Mwihaki have been dropped. The omission of the four has raised eyebrows, forcing the coach to disown the team list.
“I have not selected any team. I am not aware of the team doing rounds on social media,” Onyango, who has coached the team since 2012, said.
But his sentiments were denied by some members of the selection team, who insist he is part of it and if there is to be any stalemate, it would be about the selection of two junior players and not the entire team.
“It’s unfortunate that we have to iron out selection issues on the social media. The coach was part of the deliberation until when we reached on a stalemate on two players,” a member of the committee said. The names of Molet Achieng, Jane Kanini, Freda Akinyi and Veronica Abuga are said to have been the source of the stalemate.
“Onyango thought Achieng and Akinyi were good enough to make the cut while the other members thought Kanini and Abuga were good. So this is what brought out the stalemate. But talking of having not been involved in the selection of the whole team is a big lie,” said of the selection committee members.
The selector, who sought anonymity, said the other senior players were left of the team due to various reason including the current form and commitment to the game.
Kinyua, Adhiambo and Belle were not included in the squad of 14 players after failing to take part in the Nairobi women’s league played in July-August and the national women’s championship held in Nakuru in August.
“We considered the two events. We also looked at their commitment in the game and it was found out that their commitment was not encouraging,” the source said.
Kenya cricket Sarah Bhakita in previous training.