• Kenya ready for ICC Twenty20 World Cup Qualifiers in UAE

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  • Elijah Otieno bowls during the team's training session.(Photo:File)Elijah Otieno bowls during the team's training session.(Photo:File)
Mar 05, 2012-

Kenya's cricket team coach Mike Hesson is confident about his charges fortunes in the upcoming ICC Twenty20 World Cup set for March 13-24 in the United Arab Emirates.

After a whitewash from the touring Ireland national team recently in a four day series in Nairobi, Hesson believes his boys have improved their batting, bowling and fielding especially against the Ugandan national team that has been here for the last five days for warm-up games.

“We have been playing as a team and that alone brings out the best in us. And of course we have been able to stick to the game plan.”

With the experienced quartet of opening batsman Alex Obanda, Maurice Ouma, Nehemiah Odhiambo and Elijah Otieno finding their rhythm in these warm-up games, Hesson believes that his side can also build around this attribute.

The four were part of the Kenyan side that featured at the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in 2007 in South Africa but unfortunately Kenya has failed to go back to the big stage twice (2009 & 2010) falling at the qualifying stages.

Opening for Kenya right now, 20 year old Australian born batsman Duncan Allan who is making his debut on the senior team on this tour is excited ahead of the task that lies ahead of the African giants.

Pooled with neighbours Uganda, Namibia, USA, Italy, Scotland, Ireland and Oman in Group B, Kenya’s national team captain and veteran Collins Obuya has revealed that,

“We shall all be on neutral ground so there will not be any advantages of any team and as a team we shall do our very best. We want to qualify so bad.”

According to Obuya the final 14 players will be named by the end of this week because the team is expected to leave over the weekend.

Provisional team list: Captain Collins Obuya, Alex Obanda, Rakep Patel, David Obuya, Shem Ngoche, James Ngoche, Duncan Allan, Ragheb Aga,Tanmey Mishral, Hiren Varaiya, Nelson Mandela, Alfred Luseno, Lucas Olouch, Dominic Wesonga, Ifan Karim, Maurice Ouma, Nehemiah Odhimabo, Elijah Otieno.


Usher Komugisha

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