• Kenya names cricket training squad

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Oct 27, 2011-

All the eight players who recently signed new contracts with Cricket Kenya are among the squad of 20 that has been named by the National selectors to begin training full time with the Head coach Mike Hesson.

Apart from the eight players led by former captian Morris Ouma the squad remains largely unchanged from the side that played Netherlands in the Intercontinental cup.

The squad led by Captain Collins Obuya is a fine blend of youth most of whom made their debut against Kenya’s opening Intercontinental match against the UAE and the experienced hands who signed monthly contracts with the board in the week.

“We are very pleased to have been able to identify this expanded group of players, all of whom we believe have the ability to represent Kenya,”said Alpesh Vadher,the Chairman of Selectors.

The National team consists of contracted players including those who are based overseas. According to CK, the panel met following the completion of the East Africa Cricket Competition group stages and selected the two squads with a view to expanding the pool of players competing for National teams.

The selectors also picked an emerging side of 20, a first for Kenyan cricket who will serve as a reserve team for the national squad.

“This group provides more competition for places that will drive players to perform at their best, “added Vadher. The Emerging Players squad will be invited to specialist training sessions and work with the CK coaching staff and will gradually be integrated into the teams for key matches based on their performance.

‘Outside this group there are players such as Rajesh Bhudia and Ramesh Mepani who we are also very keen to involve when the professional commitments allow. Other players outside this groups still have the opportunity to force their way in through consistent performances in Provincial leagues.’

Kenya is set to play a series of Twenty20 matches against Namibia from November 4 in Windhoek.

Elsewhere,Ugandan franchise Nile Knights will look to complete a unique double when the finals of the East African Cricket Premier League and East African Cup are held in Nairobi this weekend.

The three month tournament has lit up the cricket scene in Kenya and Uganda with franchises from these countries battling it out for regional supremacy.

On Saturday T20 version of the tournament culminates with the Knights taking on Ruwenzori in an all Ugandan final at the Gymkhana a match which will be broadcast live on SuperSport .

The Knights cruised through the pool stages wining six of their matches but will be up against the table topping Ruwenzori who had the better of them in the group stages.

On Sunday, the Ugandan’s will do it all over again in the 50over game against Kenya’s Kongonis in the East African Cup final at Gymkhana.

Kongonis will be firm favourites to win the 50 overs version after topping the groups with a peerless campaign that saw them win six matches.      

The teams haven’t met in the tournament after their match up was abandoned without a ball bowled in August.

National Training Squad: Ragheb Aga ,Duncan Allen ,Runish Gudhka ,Irfan Karim Alfred Luseno Tanmay Mishra James Ngoche Shem Ngoche Alex Obanda Collins Obuya Nehemiah Odhiambo Nelson Odhiambo Lucas Oluoch Elijah Otieno Morris Ouma Rakep Patel HirenVaraiya Seren Waters Dominic Wesonga Ibrahim Akello  

Emerging Players Squad: Emmanuel Bundi Peter Kituku Nick Oluoch Raj Savala Dhiren Gondaria Rahul Vishram Benjamin Oluga Martin Okoth Paramveer Singh Martin Mworia Karan Kaul Joseph Onyango Harrison Ambani Mitesh Sanghani Gagandeep Singh NarendraKerai Rakesh Hirani BhavyaThakker Raj Shikotra Rajiv Sutaria.

 

 Evelyn Watta

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