The Cricket Federation of Kenya held a luncheon in the residential bubble camp, at Pride Inn Azure on 7th January 2022 to bid goodbye to the players as they head out tomorrow to Malaysia for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games Qualifiers from 18th to 24th January 2022.
Five teams will be participating namely; Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Scotland, Malaysia and Kenya.
“We are so glad to have the Kenya Women Cricket Team go and show the world the passion we, as Kenyans have towards sports. We remain behind to cheer you on and create an election roadmap to create a proper office to take up the cricket federation. The ministry is also looking forward to support their passion and invest in the players, coaches and the entire federation.” Mr. Alwanga Normalization Committee.
NOC-K Secretary General, Francis Mutuku in attendance also handed over kits from the National Committee of Kenya to the team. “It’s a busy year for us as we head to Birmingham Commonwealth, it’s the second biggest Competition after Olympics. We are hoping to take a contingent of about 200 athletes. I’m happy to see a mix of senior and junior players.”
“I would also like to thank the CS, Ambassador Amina Mohamed who has engaged partners and stakeholders and support the Cricket Family. She’s been of great help to see a clear pathway for the federation. The whole executive too for expressing concern and support starting with NOC-K President Paul Tergat.” He added.
The team has been at a bio-secure bubble camp at Pride inn Azure while training at Nairobi Gymkhana prioritizing the health and safety of the players, coaches and officials.
“On behalf of the ladies, I would like to thank the entire ministry, especially Ambassador Amina for the immense support and believing in us. NOC-K for kitting us and all our family and friends. It’s time to go out and battle for this one slot to Birmingham.” Margaret Banja, the Captain stated.
The team which departs tomorrow, 8th January 2022, is hoping to be the team which will make it to the top of the table in the pool. This is the first time since 1997 Cricket is making its way back to Commonwealth having been slotted out due to the amount of time the games take. The Games will give it a try with the ladies in Birmingham before giving the men a chance.