NPCA Inaugural 75 Overs League Pushed to 2019

The Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association’s (NPCA) inaugural 75 overs league has been pushed to March next year.

NPCA fixtures secretary Narendra Patel said the two-day event that had been initially scheduled to take place in October has been pushed to next year as club did not have the required playing attire; white clothes and red balls.

Narendrwa said that five teams will take part in the championships. These are Kanbis, Swamipaba, Elite Selext XI, Plate League Select XI and Under-19 (comprised of players drawn from NPCA clubs).

“We had ordered the playing attire from India but our suppliers failed to deliver on tome. Now the tournament will be played after the Twenty20 that kicks off in January,” he said.

It has taken NPCA 12 years to introduce the longer version of the game to their calendar. Former Kenya national team coach Roger Harper had strongly recommended the introduction of 75 overs league in the country as the only way Kenyan players could adequately compete at the international stage.

Harper, a former West Indies cricket star, guided Kenya to for the 2007 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in West Indies and the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 held in South Africa the same year.

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