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Janmohamed gets the nod

The long awaited Cricket Kenya (CK) elections look set to go ahead in the next month or so after the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) finally submitted its list of candidates for the CK board. The list of the eight delegates is as follows:

1. Jackie Janmohammed
2. Asad Malik
3. Chidam Subramanian
4. Kalpesh Solanki
5. Tom Tikolo
6. Rajesh Patel
7. Harpal Singh
8. Anil Patel.

NPCA Chairman Tom Tikolo has endorsed Jackie Janmohamed, who was a legal advisor to the old Kenya Cricket Association, as the person that they want to view for the post of chairman, while Anil Patel will vie for the vice-chairman position.

What has to happen now is that CK must sit down for a board meeting, with the new NPCA delegates as well as the remainder of the board. They must then decide the date of the elections. Since it must be gazetted for 21 days, the elections look like they may be held at the end of November. NPCA has eight votes, Coast Cricket has six votes, while the Rift Vally Association has three votes. As of now, there is no other person from the Rift or Coast who is contesting for the position of Cricket Kenya chairman, which means that Jackie Janmohamed may run unopposed.

NPCA Chairman Tom Tikolo has said in the past that he is looking to bring in former Kenyan Internationals as coaches to help spread the game across the nation, and if Jackie Janmohamed gets elected she promises something quite similar. Janmohamed says her slogan is "Cricket for all" and she hopes to achieve this if and when she gets elected to the top job.

It will be interesting to see what happens in the next few weeks, and hopefully we can finally get the wrangles out of the way, which will allow the new board to start the hard job of taking Kenyan Cricket back to its rightful place.

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