By Ben Ochieng
NAIROBI, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan national team player, who was allegedly assaulted by his captain during an international outing in Sri Lanka last November, has described the two-match ban slapped on the team skipper as "too lenient".
Irfan Karim said the two-match suspension imposed on Collins Obuya by the Cricket Kenya Board (CKB) after the latter was found guilty was a violation of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Code of Conduct for players.
"According to Article 4.2 of the Code of Conduct, Obuya should have received a one year suspension which the document stipulates as punishment for a captain's assault on a teammate," Karim told Xinhua in Nairobi on Sunday.
"Instead, CK wanted the captain back to the crease soonest possible to boost Kenya's quest to qualify for next year's Twenty20 Cricket World Cup, of which Kenya's chase has already floundered."
Karim and Obuya had an altercation on the last day of a seven-match series in Colombo, Sri Lanka, after the two disagreed on the pitch. The incident occurred at Colombo Cricket Club dressing room after rain stopped play.
Trouble between the two is said to have started when they differed in the pitch and after the rain stopped the match, the captain confronted Karim demanding to know why the latter had swung at him after the captain had issued a directive to him.
Karim, the Committee heard, is said to have dared Obuya to do whatever he pleased and that is when the captain's hand made an apparent contact with Karim's face.
Kenya's Zimbabwean coach Robin Brown then sat the two down and demanded they reconcile.
Obuya apparently apologized for the incident but Karim, the son of former Kenyan national team captain and a veteran of three World Cups, is reported to have refused to do so saying he felt he had done nothing wrong.
Karim, who is the Kenyan team wicket-keeper, received a one-match ban for indiscipline.
The ban applied to international matches that saw Karim miss one of two warm-up games before playing official games whereas Obuya missed two warm-up games before he resumed playing international official matches.
Two of the players who were on the trip have since recorded statements against the conduct of the team captain.
Emmanuel Bundi, in his affidavit indicates that the two had an argument in the changing room around 4pm Sri Lankan local time following a row they carried from the field.
"I was in the bathroom when I heard their argument, and when I came out I saw Karim holding his head and looked shocked. Later on a meeting took place between the senior management and the technical bench where Obuya apologized for hitting Karim, who declined to accept the apology."
Gurdeep Singh Ghatora said there was general dissatisfaction and disappointment expressed by the rest of team members on Obuya's behavior.
The matter appears to be heading to the courts for arbitration since Karim has already reported the matter to the police, received a medical report and enlisted the services of a lawyer.
Kenya's cricket captain banned for assaulting player
NAIROBI, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's cricket captain Collins Obuya has been slapped with a two-match ban for assaulting his teammate.
Obuya received the interdiction after he the Cricket Kenya Disciplinary Board found him guilty for slapping teammate Irfan Karim on the last day of the seven match series in Colombo, Sri Lanka last Saturday. Full story