Kenyans set for Namibia tourney

Kenyan cricketer Seren Waters (L) and teammate Thomas Odoyo (R). FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

The Kenya national team will take part in a friendly quadrangular One Day cricket tournament set for Windhoek, Namibia, between April 18-25.

Other teams taking part in the event are the Netherlands, South Africa’s emerging team and hosts Namibia.

Cricket Kenya’s development officer David ‘Pamba’ Odhiambo, Wednesday said that the team resumed training on Tuesday at the Ruaraka Sports Club, Nairobi under the Zimbabwean born coach Robin Brown, who is assisted by the former national vice-captain Thomas Odoyo.

Odoyo Wednesday said that two players, Irfan Karim and Duncan Allan, will not be available for selection for the tour.

He said that the duo will go back to their respective universities in England and Australia.

Said Odoyo: “The absence of the two players will give chance to other boys who have been training with us.”

Karim had a brilliant performance with the bat during Kenya’s tour of Dubai late last month where they beat Canada in both the ICC Pepsi World Cricket League one day international matches and the four-day Intercontinental Cup.

The two teams tied 1-1 in the Twenty20 outing.

Karim hit his maiden one day international century, 112 that came off 137 deliveries with 11 boundaries.

The victory in the two one day games enhanced Kenya’s chances of finishing in the top two, thereby qualifying for the 2015 World Cup set for Australia and New Zealand.

Kenya will be using the Namibia tour as part of their preparations for the forthcoming matches against Scotland in late July.

Kenya, with 10 points from as many matches, are just a point behind Canada.

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