Cricket Kenya has accepted the apologies of eight players who previously rejected National Contracts and agreed month to month training contracts with the group.
The players approached Cricket Kenya expressing regret over the actions which saw them reject contract offers and withdraw from the East African Cricket Competitions. Each player was granted a personal hearing with a panel convened by the CK Board.
The eight, Alex Obanda, Shem Ngoche, James Ngoche, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Elijah Otieno, Morris Ouma, Nelson Odhiambo and Alfred Luseno have all signed new agreements which will see them join the National Training squad and be reviewed on a month by month basis.
Chief Executive Tom Sears said: ‘We are pleased that we have resolved the situation with these players who have expressed their sincere regret over the way they have conducted themselves and the actions they have taken in recent months.
‘Cricket Kenya has always been keen to resolve this situation and have these players available. They have now come to the realisation that they have been badly advised and made some very poor decisions. They have all apologised and accepted new terms which will see them involved with the National Training Squad.’
In a joint statement the players said: ‘We would like to apologise for the way we have conducted ourselves both to Cricket Kenya and our teams in the East African Cricket Competitions. Some of the advice we received from outside parties and those supposed to be representing our interests was not in our best interests but ultimately we have to accept responsibility for our own decisions. In the future we will work with Cricket Kenya and make sure we are properly represented by people who are capable, independent and offer sound advice which has not been the case recently.
‘We are very grateful we have been given this opportunity to be involved with the National squad again and will work positively with Cricket Kenya in the future. Cricket Kenya has instigated a lot of progressive changes since the post-World Cup review, like the new EACC, and we are very keen to contribute to a better future for cricket in Kenya.’