Cricket Kenya is to offer improved National Squad contracts to 20 players.
Following an extensive process which involved detailed reviews of performances and statistics, consultation with all CK coaching staff, previous and soon to be appointed national selectors, ICC High Performance Programme staff and coaches and analysis of the National team's forthcoming programme, the 20 players were selected on the basis of their ability and potential to improve the National team's performances and results in the medium and long term. The Ministry of Sport has also been involved in the consultation process.
The players have been offered contracts for a one year period with a full review to be conducted after completion of the new East African competitions in November 2011 and again in February 2012. The players have been offered improved salary retainers and guaranteed match fees in the new East African competitions. Thirteen players offered contracts have been announced today with a further seven to follow before the end of July.
Chief Executive Tom Sears said: 'The Board has awarded these contracts with a view to building a National squad capable of representing Kenya with distinction in the coming years. There is a blend of experienced players who have competed in World Cups and other ICC events and some young players who have come through our Development programme and age group teams.
'It is very much a squad for the future of Kenyan cricket and we have selected multi-faceted players who have the ability to excel in more than one of the three disciplines – batting, bowling and fielding. We have to aim to excel in the two areas we have complete control of - fielding and fitness, and achieve genuine World class standards in these areas. If we achieve this collective performances and results will improve. The newly contracted players all have the ability to reach these levels as well as perform with bat and ball. They will be subjected to regular fitness testing and expected to attain specified standards, their contracts will be dependent on reaching and exceeding these standards.