April 23, 2003

Obuya named in West Indies University XI

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Collins Obuya, Warwickshire's new overseas signing, will take a somewhat roundabout route from Nairobi to Birmingham, after being invited to play for the University of West Indies Vice Chancellor's XI against the touring Australians in Barbados next week.

Obuya, 21, who took 13 wickets in Kenya's astonishing march to the World Cup semi-finals, has been named in a 12-man squad for the three-day match which begins on Saturday. He will be captained by the former West Indian opening batsman, Philo Wallace, in a side that includes four other Test cricketers.

The most prominent of these is Chris Gayle, who missed the first two Tests against Australia after taking part in an unofficial double-wicket competition in St Lucia, and now has an opportunity to reclaim his place for the third Test in Barbados. David Bernard jr, who is currently making his debut in Trinidad, Corey Collymore and Ricardo Powell complete the set of international players.

Philo Wallace (Barbados, captain), Dary Balgobin (UWI), David Bernard jr (Jamaica), Maurice Clarke (UWI), Corey Collymore (Barbados), Chris Gayle (Jamaica), Jason Haynes (UWI), Dwayne Jordan (UWI), Collins Obuya (Kenya, guest player), Ricardo Powell (Jamaica), Andrew Richardson (Jamaica), Matthew Sinclair (Jamaica)