Kenya offers to host Afro Asia Cup

December 17, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 16 – Kenya has offered to stage a revived Afro-Asia Cup cricket series in July 2009, a sports official said on Tuesday.

The one-day intercontinental series, which was first played in 2005, has suffered from lack of commitment by organisers and a congested international cricket calendar, leading to the withdrawal of high-profile players.

After a renewed interest by the African and Asian cricket boards and the Indian broadcaster, Nimbus Sport, to televise the matches, Cricket Kenya chief Samir Inamdar said the country was ready to host the tournament between July 3 and 8, 2009.

However, the dates would be subject to the schedules of the Asian and South African teams which will be involved in domestic and international tours.

"It is very important that the tournament is held in Kenya because every time it is held in Africa, the continent benefits a lot from the collected revenue," Inamdar said.

"We will hold discussions with the African Cricket Association to make sure it will be held as planned," he added.


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