If there is any comfort to be drawn from Kenya's performance in the recent T20 WCQs in Scotland and Ireland it is that two teams from their group (Scotland and Netherlands) shared the ICC T20 Trophy.

Also, the teams that took fifth and sixth places - for which Kenya should have been challenging, Afghanistan and Oman - were from their group. Only Ireland and Hong Kong from the other group made it into the last six.

That in no way excuses Kenya's disappointing performance, where a win against Netherlands on the last day of the group stages would have given them enough points to lead the table and bring automatic qualification to the ICC T20 World Cup finals in India next year.

As it was, they lost so badly to the Dutch that they slid to fifth place out of seven, equal on points with Oman (who are going to India) but behind them on run rate.

Namibia too has not made it, so Africa will be represented only by Test-playing nations South Africa and Zimbabwe in the finals. It is a disappointing scenario and the African nations' development boards must get into action quickly to improve on it and bring countries, like Kenya, back into the limelight.

It is not the end of the world, but the nation's failure to qualify for the T20 World Cup is a blow - especially after their good start in the qualifying competition on the back of an excellent 50/50 World Cricket League Championship victory over UAE.

Back to the drawing board? Perhaps. But maybe a deep breath would be better, and concentration then on the young players coming through at Under-23 and Under-19 levels. They will be the future.