Kamande replaces injured Gondaria

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jan 10, 2022
  • Jimmy Kamande has replaced Dhiren Gondaria who broke his arm when riding a motor bike in India last month. (SNA File Photo)

Jimmy Kamande has been named as a replacement for injured batsman Dhiren Gondaria in the Kenyan cricket squad for the upcoming World Cricket League Division Two tournament set for Namibia next week.

The 20 year-old Gondaria broke his arm on a motor bike last month while on tour in India with his club Kanbis and has been ruled out of action for three to four months.

"Cricket Kenya can confirm that the selection committee alongside the technical staff has approved Jimmy Kamande as a replacement player for Dhiren Gondaria in the national team for the WCL tournament," a statement from the Cricket Kenya said.

"Gondaria has been replaced due to an injury he sustained while in India with his club in December, after which recent medical tests were done and reports were received," it said.

"The replacement of a player requires the approval of the Event Technical Committee before the replacement player can be officially added to the squad and we are happy to say that this has been done," the statement added Gondaria has been one of the promising youngsters in the country and was among the best performers with the bat in NPCA league last season.

Gondaria played a vital role in Kanbis retaining the NPCA league by scoring 503 runs from 14 innings. He has been taunted as a good replacement for Maurice Ouma up the order and his absence is a big blow to Steve Tikolo’s side.

Poor season last season

Kamande recall in the team has been surprising because he had a poor season last year and also failed to make an impact when Tikolo named him in the squad that toured Pakistan last month.

In three innings Kamande managed only three runs putting his ability to help the side with the bat in Namibia in a lot of doubt. Kamande who was the team captain during the 2011 World Cup co hosted by India, Bangladesh and South Africa also had a poor outing with the ball is he managed one wicket from nine overs he bowled from the three matches he played.

In the local scene, Kamande managed 226 runs from eight innings. Meanwhile the team has wound up its training camp in the coastal town of Mombasa ahead of their departure for Namibia.

Speaking from Mombasa, Tikolo said he wanted to familiarize themselves with conditions that they are likely to face in Windhoek.

“The weather in Windhoek at this time of the year is similar to the one in Mombasa and that is why we thought it is good to move our training base to Mombasa. All had been good and the players have been able to to give their best in the past one week," he said.