ICC Media Release
The ICC has confirmed changes to the schedule of the ICC Intercontinental Cup which resumes later this month. The changes have been made in view of various travel advisories recommending against non-essential trips to Kenya.
ICC's High Performance Manager Richard Done said: 'It is difficult at any time to make late changes to international tours and this decision is no different because of the interest in cricket in Kenya. However, the safety of all participants is always our number-one priority.
'In conjunction with the three affected countries – Kenya, Namibia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – and to ensure travel and other logistics could be put in place with some certainty, it has been decided to move the Kenya v Namibia match to the UAE.'
Nairobi was scheduled to stage the Namibia v Kenya match from 30 January to 2 February. This will now be played in Sharjah from 29 January to 1 February.
The Chairman of Cricket Kenya, Samir Inamdar said: 'It is unfortunate that the ICC Intercontinental Cup match has had to be shifted from Nairobi. It is an extremely important tournament for the development of the game in Kenya and it would also have been an excellent opportunity for the local supporters to see their team in action.
'Although hosting is always our preference, we understand and accept the reasons and believe that these games should go ahead with some certainty.'
The ICC Intercontinental Cup tournament will resume with Namibia traveling to Sharjah for its fixture against the United Arab Emirates from 23 to 26 January. Kenya will then arrive in Sharjah on 26 January for its double-header against Namibia and then UAE from 4 to 7 February.