A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Mike Hesson resigns as Kenya coach

Hesson said that his decision was based on security concerns and was not related to cricket in any way

Kenya coach, Mike Hesson has resigned only 10 months into his two year contract due to security concerns within the country.

Hesson, currently 37, took over from West Indian Eldine Baptiste in July 2011, a couple of months after the 2011 World Cup.

Hesson, stated that he was resigning due to a number of security concerns that have affected him and his family.

“It is a very difficult decision we as a family have had to make but sadly we have been directly and indirectly affected by a number of security related incidents in recent weeks and my family has to come first,” he said.

Hesson, also noted that his decision had nothing to do with the national team.

“I want to stress that this has absolutely nothing to do with the issues relating to my role as national coach and is not cricket related in any way. This is purely a decision about the safety of my family and quality of life,” he added.

He also vowed to stay behind and complete any pending duties with the national team before heading back to New Zealand, where he will join his family.

“Whilst arrangements are being made for my wife and children to return to New Zealand as soon as possible, I will remain behind to complete any imminent national team engagements,” Hesson added.

Hesson, will be in charge of the team when they play host to Namibia in a four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup qualifier next month, during which two ODIs and two unofficial Twenty20 matches will also be played.

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