Nairobi: Former Zimbabwean cricket coach Robin Brown has taken temporary charge of Kenya to prepare for this month's ICC Intercontinental Cup and two one-day series in Namibia, officials said. Brown, who was appointed the country's head of cricket development in May, fills the position left vacant after Mike Hesson quit to take up the post of the New Zealand coach.
The Zimbabwean said it was unfortunate that security problems had deprived Kenya home advantage against Namibia, after the International Cricket council (ICC) relocated the matches to Windhoek, but he believes the team should still put their act together. "We have a very professional team of players. They just need to put their past problems behind them and we can start seeing the results. We can get back to the top if we can all get together," said Brown. "The more cricket we play, the more we will improve. Unfortunately we have not been able to realise this because we have not hosted any visiting teams, as most of the players have been engaged in the East African Cricket League tournament," he added.
Kenya occupies a lowly seventh place in the ICC Intercontinental Cup points table, just a point behind Namibia, though both teams have played only three matches compared to the other six countries, which have each played four games in the eight-team competition. The four-day ICC Intercontinental match will take place at Windhoek's United Cricket Club from September 29 to October 2, followed by the two limited-overs on October 4 and 6. The scheduled two Twenty20 matches have, however, been scrapped from the schedule.
Robin Brown fills the position left vacant after Mike Hesson quit to take up the post of the New Zealand coach.