Cricket Kenya has announced its preliminary 30 man squad for the 2011 50 over World Cup. The bulk of the new faces, come straight out of the u19 squad that is now just one step away from breaking Kenya’s 7 year absence at the u19 World Cup. These Include batsmen: Duncan Allen, Irfan Karim, Vinit Shikotra. Beyond these the only new faces (at least by my standards) are Runish Gudka.
To the best of this blogger’s knowledge is concerned only sub-continent teams (Bangladesh, India and Pakistan) practice this behavior of throwing players this green straight into the deep end. Given that these countries have huge cricket mad populations, this method, with its attendant high failure rate is understandable. For that is how the genius of India’s Sachin Tendulkar and Pakistan’s Wasim Akram were first uncovered. It is also the means that prodigies like Ishant Sharma and (the now disgraced) Mohammed Aamer have been discovered. But I digress. Some of these youngsters indeed have been given some exposure at international level (on various Kenya A team assignments). They managed some success (against Uganda) and one glaring failure against a touring Indian state team (where they found themselves generally unable to deal with the opponents pace).
Assuming that the first scenarios holds true then I hope one or two of these new kids shows skill enough to earn a place in the final fifteen when the final squads are announced before January 9th.