ICC Media Release
The ICC Board at its 25 June meeting received a report on the readiness of Kenya to host the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup 2010.
It concluded that with only eight months to go before the event, which Cricket Kenya was awarded in 2006, it was unrealistic to expect Kenya to be ready to host given the large amount of work still needing to be done.
It was agreed that New Zealand would be the location for the tournament, subject to the agreement of satisfactory terms.
ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said: 'We have been working with Kenya to monitor their progress towards staging the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup for some time, with visits to the locations earmarked for matches and regular reports to the ICC Board.
'Regrettably, the conclusion reached was that the amount of work still to be done to get many of the venues ready was such that retaining Kenya as a host represented too great a risk to the successful staging of the event.
'It is a difficult conclusion to have reached and a regrettable one from the perspectives of both the ICC and Cricket Kenya, but with just eight months to go before the scheduled start, we could not proceed on the basis of hoping that everything would be ready next February.
'The ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup is the highest profile event in the ICC's development calendar. Coverage of the matches is broadcast all around the world and it is a recognised stepping stone for players to graduate to full international level.
'By way of examples, since the latest edition of the tournament, in Malaysia in February/March last year, India's Virat Kohli, Wayne Parnell of South Africa and New Zealand's Tim Southee have all gone on to play for their countries.
'We hope Kenya will be able to stage ICC events in the future and we are grateful to New Zealand Cricket for its offer to stage the tournament. It did so successfully in 2002 and we look forward to it doing so again in 2010.'