This coming at a time when Kenyan Cricket is at its lowest ebb and searching for new talent and gunning to regain the lost days of glory when in previous world cups they caused upsets even reaching the semiís of the 2003 International Cricket Council World Cup. Incidentally, Sibtain Kassamali was amongst the first batch of Kenyan Cricketers to represent Kenya in the late 80ís to mid 90ís having played for 14 years for Swamibapa S.C in Nairobi twice scoring over 1,000 runs in the í88 and í89 KCA league. With nearly 4 decades (40 years) of cricketing experience, his earliest achievements were scoring a 100 against Nairobi Simba in 1979 at the age of 14, in the national KCA knockout quarter finals. Then playing for Mombasa Jaffery, Sibtain went on to score 52 NOT OUT in the semiís against Nairobiís daunting Sir Ali SC playing some of the finest cricketers of yester years.
Sibtain has done well in the past few years having coached the Tanzanian national side between 1992 and 2001 taking them into the qualifiers for the world cup at a regional level. He has also been coach to the Regional East And Central Africa Conference under 19ís side which came second to Namibia in 2001. In recent years he has coached the youngsters of Mombasa Jaffery as well as being the Coast Cricket Associationís head coach.
With his wealth of cricketing knowledge, experience and roots in local coast cricket, Sibtain will most certainly serve well the needs of the local talent at the coast and also being a playing member in the Regional, National and Nairobi cricketing circuits, Sibtain will be well aware of the talents and abilities latent and potential from which to help the main selection board shape the future of cricket in the nation. It is hoped as the ICC world cup plays out in Australia and New Zealand where other than the two southern African teams of Zimbabwe and South Africa, the African map has been denied representation, the new revival at the top echelons of power will return Kenya to its former glory and much more in the coming years.
We , the management of Coast Cricket Association and the entire coast cricket fraternity wish Sibtain God speed and a successful campaign which we all hope will raise local standards and give adequate opportunity to our local boys to also shine as did he in former years.