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Retired Kenya  international players met on April 15 for the purpose of restoring cricket in East African nation. The players who played for Kenya between 1960 to 1990 met at the Nairobi Gymkhana, where most of them played international matches. At one point Kenya was considered as the most powerful associate cricket playing nation in the world.

“In 1992, Kenya was ranked 24th in the world.”

“After 1996, the country was acknowledged as the greatest emerging cricket nation in the world, especially after we beat the mighty West Indies at the World Cup the same year,” said Jimmy Rayani former Kenya player.

It was in 2003 when Kenya had reached World Cup semi finals when Rayani was the chairman of of Kenya cricket. Sadly for Kenya they lost their ODI and T20I status in 2014 when they failed to qualify for World Cup 2015 and 2014 World T20.

The reunion, was also attended by present cricketers, officials, umpires and fans from the local cricket fraternity, was the first-ever function organised to create harmony and goodwill in the sport. With the emerging nations like Afghanistan and Ireland who recently achieved Test status and Nepal who achieved ODI status it would be difficult for Kenya to make a comeback.