Kenya's WCL Championship matches moved to South Africa

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Sep 18, 2017
  • The World Cricket League Championship match between Kenya and the Netherlands has been moved to East London, South Africa because of security concerns. (SNA. File Photo)

The long awaited two World Cricket League Championship matches between Kenya and the Netherlands has been moved from Nairobi to the South African city of East London.

The matches were set to be held at Nairobi Gymkhana Kenya on October 6 and 8 but they have been moved away after the Netherlands were reluctant to travel to Kenya over security concerns, Sports News Arena can exclusively confirm.

Netherlands had agreed to play in Nairobi and were already in Zimbabwe ahead of the two crucial matches but they raised security concerns in the wake of the presidential election set for October 17.

SNA has learnt that the Netherlands cricket body-KNCB made strong representations to the International Cricket Council (ICC), who after a thorough risk analysis’ decided to move the matches to East London.

Sources also told SNA that Cricket Kenya also worked around the clock to ensure that the event is held in Nairobi for the second time but the current political temperature didn’t help their case forcing ICC to shift the venue.

For years Kenya had failed to host major ICC events until last year when they were given the rights to host Hong Kong.

The matches are crucial for both teams: the Netherlands currently lead the competition and are chasing the prospect of a place in the projected 13-team ODI League which is awaiting confirmation by the ICC, while Kenya have an outside chance of finishing in the top four and reaching next year’s World Cup qualifier without having to go through World Cricket League Division 2.

The final round will be played in the UAE in December where the Dutch will play against Namibia and Kenya face Scotland, who are at present third and who will play Papua New Guinea, one place above then at this stage, in Port Moresby on the same dates as the matches in East London.