June 19, 2007

Kenya

Kenya to host India and Twenty20s

Martin Williamson

Cricket Kenya has confirmed that India A will tour Kenya in late July or early August to play two four-day matches as well as taking part in a one-day series which will involve at least one other country's A team.

The deal was brokered by Samir Inamdar, CK's chairman, while he was in India attending the Afro-Asia Cup. Indian board officials told him that they were keen to attract another side to ensure there was a high level of competition, and Sri Lanka A are also believed to be interested and an offer has been made to West Indies.

Cricket Kenya is hoping to stage some international Twenty20 matches in Nairobi in early September in the build-up to the Twenty20 World Championships in South Africa. Pakistan and Bangladesh have expressed interest.

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Posted by Aaron Murphy on (June 21, 2007, 10:44 GMT)

Not only does a format of this kind expose minnows like Kenya to four-day cricket, which they are deprived of, it also boosts the experience and confidence of those in the 'A' teams. It's a good way to ease them into international cricket as well. Good on Cricket Kenya and India for making this happen. I personally believe it's the best step you can take to improve the quality of the minor nations.

Posted by Nathan on (June 20, 2007, 5:49 GMT)

Indeed, good job. The idea of 'A' sides touring Kenya and playing the Kenyan Senior Side in a series of 4-Day matches is something that should be a regular occurrence for this side. It's possibly one of the best ways this side can be exposed to 4-day cricket, as well as participating in say, South Africa's domestic competition.

Posted by Nafi karim on (June 19, 2007, 21:03 GMT)

Good effort by Cricket Kenya!

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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