By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Apr 12, 2017
Kenya have been requested to retain the squad that played against Nepal in the ICC World Cricket League Championship matches last month for their tour of Uganda starting on Thursday.
The hosts who will be using the matches to prepare for the upcoming ICC World Cricket League Division Three tournament set for Kampala from 21 to 31 May 2017 asked Cricket Kenya to send a strong squad for the event.
In November last year, Cricket Kenya sent a squad of 14 players to Uganda to play against Uganda select sides and Takashinga from Zimbabwe.
The squad that consisted young and inexperienced players lost all their matches a performance that didn’t go well with the hosts who had just toured Kenya in October for a series with Kenya, Saudi Arabia and Qatar with their strongest team.
Uganda felt that Kenya’s appearance in the event didn’t add value as the team was not competitive.
In planning for this series, the Uganda cricket authorities led by CEO Justine Ligyalingi requested CK to send a strong squad so as their players can get proper build up matches ahead of the WCL Division Three event.
“Uganda have an important tournament coming up next month and they wanted a strong team that will give them good preparation,” coach Thomas Odoyo said.
Uganda beat Kenya last year
The last time Kenya played Uganda in September, Uganda carried the day with a two wicket win in the 50 overs matches.
The teams that will take part in the event are the United States of America, Oman, Singapore, Canada, Malaysia and hosts Uganda.
Speaking on the selection of the same squad for the friendly matches, Odoyo said they also opted not to make changes to the squad so as to give the players more playing time and also give their hosts good competition.
“We have players who have not been getting enough playing opportunities in the past events that we have been taking part in, so that’s why we have opted to go with the same squad so that they can get more playing time,” Odoyo said.
"Uganda are playing very good cricket at the moment and as always will provide very tough opposition, particularly under their home conditions," Odoyo added.
Batting coach Maurice Odumbe who missed the Nepal tour will travel with the squad.
Squad: Rakep Patel, Nelson Odhiambo, Dhiren Gondaria, Pushpak Kerai (Kanbis), Shem Obado, Collins Obuya (Stray Lions), Nehemiah Odhiambo, Alex Obanda, (Swamibapa), Karan Kaul, Lucas Oluoch, RushabhVadrhan Patel (Nairobi Gymkhana), Elijah Otieno (Swamibapa), Gurdeep Singh (Nairobi Sikh Union) and Irfan Karim (unattached).
Friday 13/04/17 Game (1) 50 over Kyambogo Oval
Saturday 14/04/17 Rest Day.
Sunday 16/04/17 Game (2) 50 over Kyambogo Oval
Monday 17/04/17 Game (3) 50 over Lugogo Oval
Tuesday 18/04/17 Rest Day.
Wednesday 19/04/17 Game (4) 50 over Lugogo Oval
Thursday 20/04/17 Game (5) 50 over Lugogo Oval