Kenya’s men’s national team should be back in the country from a tour of Namibia any day now. The official purpose of the tour was Kenya Select XI v. Namibia ‘A’ in a 4 match ODI series. The final result was a 2-2 split between Kenya Select and Namibia ‘A’, with the 4th match being a comprehensive 125 run victory over a tired Kenya team.
That match aside the guys were pretty competitive throughout the series. Rakep Patel and Alex Obanda in particular were in top form on the side of the batsmen, while the bowlers were generally able to keep the team in the game in all 4 contests.
One of the key aims of this tour, one presumes would be to gauge, the strength of Kenya against one of their key rivals for promotion out of the World Cricket League Division II.
On the whole, the Kenya team selected were very competitive, against a Namibia team, that tend to blow hot and cold at WCL leagues, so I wouldn’t read too much into how this reflects on Kenya’s own preparations for the same.
The team will not call it a day just yet. They will now head out to Pakistan, to take on a Pakistan ‘A’ team in a series of one day matches in that country (more on that later).Pakistan ‘A’ should provide a sterner test of Kenya’s performance levels, given the probability that the teams Kenya will face will be full of players, on the fringes of Pakistan’s World Cup plans, who will be desperate to prove a point to their national selectors.