Africa T20 Qualifiers

 Even as I write this the International Cricket Council has screwed its associate members AGAIN!  Apparently in exchange for not being chucked out of the 2015 50 over World Cup (we only get chucked out in 2019), the ICC has decided that they are going to take back 4 of the 6 slots they had previously allocated to associates in the T20 World Cup. Never mind the qualifiers have already started. It’s like CAF deciding today to slash the number of participants at the Cup of nations to 8 [/rant]
 Back to the matter at hand, In all honesty, from the fixture list if Kenya doesn’t mercilessly thrash all and sundry (maybe with the exception of our stubborn neighbours Uganda) then we can conclude that Cricket in Kenya is dead and move on to baseball and hockey. Then again with almost the entire ‘golden generation’ of Kenyan cricketers now passed out of circulation (some of whom were kicking and screaming on the way out) maybe this blogger ought not to take it for granted that the current crop will sweep past the likes of Ghana and Nigeria.
Either way as a matter of the standards that we  expect of ourselves and the rest of the cricketing world has come to expect from Kenya we really should win this tournaments and then move on to the global qualifier where the real business of determining who gets the six oops I mean two spaces on the  high table for associates and affiliates.

Otieno, Aga back in Kenya squad

Kennedy Otieno and Ragheb Aga were the the only two changes to the Kenya squad that will beging their season definiing tour of Europe. The 16 man squad will spend two weeks in the Sothe of England playing a series of warm up matches against various cluba and minor counties before they head off to Ireland to play in the qualifying tournament for the ICC T20 World cup in England in 2009. This will be followed by Intercontinental Cup matches against Scotland and the Netherlands as well as several one day internationals.

The return of Ragheb Aga despite his not playing in Cricket Kenya’s Sahara Elite League maks a fairly successful year for the young paceman who landed a one year conract with English County side Sussex, for whom he has taken 7 wickets at 23.14 apiece from 5 innings in the County Championship. His familiarity with local conditions will be important to the success of the tour. Kennedy Obuya on the other hand has been the leading runscorer in the Sahara Elite league scoring two centuries in leading the Southern Stars to the 2 day league title.

Full Squad.