Kenya in Bangladesh 2005-06 February 28, 2006

Kenya to play four ODIs in Bangladesh

Cricinfo staff

Bangladesh's one-day series at home to Kenya has been confirmed after weeks of delays caused primarily by Zimbabwe's reluctance to confirm whether they would participate in a tri-series.

Kenya will now play four ODIs on the 13-day tour which starts on March 13. They will meet Bangladesh at Bogra (March 17) and Khulna (March 20) before heading to Dhaka for two more games on March 23 and 25. The exact venue in Dhaka has yet to be confirmed.

Kenya will leave on March 26, three days before they take on the Netherlands in the ICC Intercontinental Cup in Nairobi. The tour means that the ODI which had been discussed against the Netherlands to be played on March 26 will not now happen.

The news is a great boost to Kenya, as these four games will mean that they have enough matches under their belt to qualify for a place in the ODI rankings. If they beat Zimbabwe, this might enable them to take the fourth and final qualifying spot for the ICC Champions Trophy.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board is reportedly far from happy with the lack of communication from its Zimbabwe counterparts. Sources close to the board have been telling Cricinfo that Zimbabwe were not expected to travel for two or three weeks.

Lovemore Banda, the ZC media and communications manager, told Cricinfo on February 17 that talks were still being held with the BCB, even though the ICC was informed three days earlier that Zimbabwe Cricket had pulled out of the series.