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ICC postpones Kenya-Namibia matches

ICC postpones Kenya-Namibia matches

The Intercontinental Cup matches in Nairobi have been put back until September because of security concerns.

Nairobi: Intercontinental Cup matches between Kenya and Namibia in Nairobi were postponed by cricket's governing body on Wednesday because of security concerns.

The International Cricket Council said "the ongoing and changing" security situation in Kenya had led to delays in making a security assessment, and the four-day and 50-over games were put back until September. There have been attacks in Nairobi and the coastal town of Mombasa in recent months, with hit-and-run grenade blasts in the capital blamed on Somali militant group al-Shabab.

Attackers fired shots and detonated grenades outside a nightclub in Mombasa on Tuesday, killing a security guard in the latest in a series of attacks in the East African country linked to al-Shabab.

In March, grenade explosions at one of the main bus stations in Nairobi killed nine people and wounded 40. New Zealander Mike Hesson resigned as Kenya coach this month after less than a year in charge because of worries over the safety of his family.

The ICC said that because of problems finding another venue for the four-day game from June 6-9 and the limited-overs matches on June 11 and 13, they were postponed.

World football body FIFA said on Wednesday it requested details of security planning from Kenya ahead of a World Cup qualifying match in Nairobi next month.

Al-Shabab has vowed to carry out a major attack in Kenya in retaliation for the country's deployment of troops into Somalia to pursue the militants.
first published:May 16, 2012, 17:59 IST