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Home > Cricket > World Cup 2003 > Reuters > Report

Patil to quit Kenya, come what may

March 14, 2003 21:31 IST

Former India player Sandeep Patil said on Friday he would quit as Kenya coach after the World Cup, whatever happens in the rest of the tournament, adding he expects to take up a role with the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Patil, who has led Kenya to the semi-finals, said there is no chance of a change a mind.

"It is sad I have had to take this decision. It is purely because my family wants me to be with them," he said.

As Kenya prepared for their Super Six match against Australia, Patil told reporters, "I am looking forward to joining the Indian board, and although I have had no confirmation so far, I am talking to Mr (Jagmohan) Dalmiya (BCCI president).

"I will be happy working with the Indian team but I have had a wonderful time with Kenya.

"The support given to me by all the players...the Kenyan Cricket Association and the Kenyan government means I have no regrets and no complaints."

Patil, involved with Kenya cricket for 16 years, added: "A Kenyan board official did request me the other day but unfortunately I had to say no.

"It has nothing to do with the Kenyan Cricket Association; I am happy and leaving on a very satisfying note. I wish the boys and the KCA well."

Patil's comments will prompt speculation about the future of current India coach John Wright, who has been with the side for three years.

The New Zealander's contract expires at the end of the World Cup.

Kenya captain Steve Tikolo said: "It would be sad if we were to lose him but unfortunately his contract is coming to an end.

"From a players' point of view we will miss him."

Tikolo added he expects another overseas coach to be appointed.

Kenya are not expected to test world champions Australia, who have won a world-record 14 games in a row.

Patil said: "The Australians are champions and they will play like champions and although we would like to match their talent we know how difficult it is.

"You try to be realistic but we have not reached the semi-finals because of default, we have reached them by playing good cricket."

Tikolo added: "All I will say is that we will go into the game looking to be positive and try and play good cricket."

Tikolo said there has been enormous interest in the team's performances in Kenya.

"We have got messages, faxes and telephone calls from home and everyone is rooting for us. The whole nation has come to a standstill and they are supporting cricket.

"Best of all, we have the good wishes of the president himself...come the semi-final the vice-president and the sports minister will be here."

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Sub: Open the secret Patil

patil do you want to say that from 16 years you agreed to stay away from your family. and kenya's government gave no family status ...


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Sub: Patil quits job to earn more money

Patil dont say you're coming back for your family, let the truth out that you're coming back for MONEY! Because of the success of Team ...


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Sub: PATIL SHOULDN'T QUIT

HE SHOULD NOT DO IT BECAUSE IT HAS TO BE SEEN THAT NOW EVEN THE BCCI WILL APPOINT HIM ONLY ON THE BASIS OF KENYA'S ...


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It will be a wise idea to return back to India, stressing family interests.It will not be a bad idea for BCCI to look for ...


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Sub: Patil should Shut Up and Finish his job first.

It would be so demoralizing for a team whose coach is so anxious to return home that he forgets that the Team still has to ...


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