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Kenyans training as officials promise to pay match fees.

Kenyan cricket chiefs have settled a pay row with World Cup-bound players who staged a one-day sit-in this week.

Kenya captain Steve Tikolo said the players held a meeting with Cricket Kenya officials on Thursday and that the dispute that threatened World Cup preparations was resolved. Kenya will be in group C in the West Indies with England, New Zealand and Canada.

Tikolo said: "They agreed to pay us fees for the match against Canada which we were awarded after six of their players fell sick in Mombasa last month."

Kenya won a tri-nations series against Canada and Scotland in Mombasa in January.

Tikolo said: "They had said we were not going to be paid because the match did not take place. However, we insisted it was our right (to be paid) because we entered the field ready for the match but the opponents did not come.

"The ICC awarded us the match anyway. We demanded to meet them (Kenyan officials) before resuming training and we met yesterday (Thursday). They promised to pay us and we have agreed to resume training."

Cricket Kenya chief executive Tom Tikolo (Steve's elder brother) confirmed the meeting took place and that everything was agreed.

He said: "We will soon pay them and they have agreed to resume training. We don't anticipate any more problems."

He dismissed the issue as a minor one that would not affect the team's World Cup preparations.

Steve Tikolo said Cricket Kenya had also agreed to draw up contracts for the squad but added: "The boys are just playing for the nation. But match fees of between EUR65 and EUR90 per one-day international is still so low compared to what other World Cup squads are being paid.

We are currently living on match fees alone."

Kenya were awarded EUR250,000 by the ICC for winning the World League in Nairobi this month and Steve Tikolo said the players had been promised EUR5,000 each from the winnings.
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