Se­lec­tion feud

CK of­fi­cials dif­fer over girls’ team com­po­si­tion

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local - BY DUN OKINYO @okiny­o_­dun

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.

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Kenya cricket Sarah Bhakita in pre­vi­ous train­ing.

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