• Who, what next at Cricket Kenya, as Coach takes off over ‘security concerns’

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  • Mike Hesson, resigned as Kenya Cricket Coach Monday.(Photo:File)Mike Hesson, resigned as Kenya Cricket Coach Monday.(Photo:File)
May 07, 2012-

Cricket Kenya, CK board has had a rather eventful week.First was the revelation by the CK Chief Executive Officer Tom Sears that he would not be extending his contract at the end of June and the appointment of Zimbabwean Robin Brown as the Head of Elite Development.

Barely a year into his contract, New Zealander Mike Hesson is calling it quits citing ‘a number of security issues’ that have affected his family.

“It is a very difficult decision we as a family have had to make but sadly we have been directly and indirectly affected by a number of security related incidents in recent weeks,” said Hesson.

Hesson who took over from West Indies coach Eldine Baptiste last July and signed a two a year contract guided Kenya to the Intercontinental cup and the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2012. Sadly, there were no tangible results during his short tenure as Kenyan cricket sunk further down. This could have prompted his abrupt decision or was it the instability at CK where elections have been on the ‘agenda’ since their postponement in January 2012? It is anyone’s guess for now.

“I want to stress that this has absolutely nothing to do with any issues relating to my role as National coach and is not cricket related in any way,” Hesson sought to explain in the press statement.

The former New Zealand provincial side-Otago coach who was once among the list of possible successors for Australian John Wright as the New Zealand manager is in the meantime looking to get his family back home shortly, after the undisclosed ‘safety and quality of life’ concerns in the Kenyan capital.

“Whilst arrangements are being made for my wife and children to return to New Zealand as soon as possible, I will remain behind to complete any imminent national team engagements,” said Hesson who had enjoyed a successful six-year spell at Otago where he won two domestic titles and took the team to the Champions League Twenty20 tournament.

The former black caps player has however offered to oversee the teams through their remaining engagements. Kenya hosts Namibia in a four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup qualifier in June that will also involve two one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches.

The outgoing CEO Sears said: “This is obviously an extremely sad situation but Cricket Kenya understand the reasoning behind Mike’s decision and respect his wishes.

I know he has enjoyed his role with the National squad and was keen to continue and turn around results.”

For now Brown the newly appointed Head of Elite Development may most likely step in to help the team as they seek a replacement for Hesson.


 Evelyn Watta

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