Kenya v UAE, Intercontinental Cup

Kenya leave out players who refused contracts

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July 22, 2011

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Nehemiah Odhiambo took three wickets, Australia v Kenya, World Cup 2011, Group A, Bangalore, March 13, 2011
Nehemiah Odhiambo has not been selected after turning down a board contract © Getty Images

The five Kenya players who refused the newly offered contracts by the country's cricket board have not been included in the squad for the two ODIs and the Intercontinental Cup fixture against UAE next week in Nairobi. The five players are: Alex Obanda, James Ngoche, Shem Ngoche, Elijah Otieno and Nehemiah Odhiambo.

Five of the seven players who signed the contracts have been picked in the squad of 14, but Seren Waters and Ragheb Aga - among the seven - missed out on a place. Also included in the squad is Tanmay Mishra, who has made himself available for national duty though he's chosen to play domestic cricket in India this season.

"This is a new-look squad with some players being offered the opportunity to show what they can do at this level. The fact that some players have rejected new contracts and made themselves unavailable presents others with their chance," Alpesh Vadher, chairman of selectors, said in a release. "We have a blend of players who have been involved with the squad for some time, players who have shown good form in domestic cricket and deserve a chance at this level and some who were not recently offered contracts and have a point to prove."

Squad: Collins Obuya (capt), Rakep Patel, Tanmay Mishra, Runish Gudka, Hiren Varaiya, Lucas Oluoch, Dominic Wesonga, Karen Kaul, Amit Shukla, Rajesh Bhudia, Rajesh Varsani, Ramesh Mepani, Mansukh Jesani (wk), Samarth Patel.

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Posted by   on (July 24, 2011, 12:57 GMT)

why not odi matches against uae and Namibia not given oficial status..

Posted by theswami on (July 24, 2011, 2:45 GMT)

5 Gujjus, 3 Sindhis, 2 northies, 1 Kashmiri & 3 Kenyans ........ looks like the 4th Ranji team from Gujarat. Already having 3 teams is not enough for the Gujjus I guess.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2011, 22:09 GMT)

These matches will tell us a lot about how deep Kenyan cricket goes, and how this contract saga will be resolved. The squad plays well - the board wins and the dumped players have to work hard to get back in contention. The squad plays badly - the board will be under pressure to go crawling back to the players. I'm assuming the latter, but I'd like to be proved wrong.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2011, 6:51 GMT)

why not odi matches against uae and namibia not given ogfficial status..

Posted by   on (July 23, 2011, 4:23 GMT)

Looks more like a gujarat ranji team

Posted by mandi on (July 22, 2011, 16:13 GMT)

sad to see legend odoyo dropped from team.very disappointing today.

Posted by Sachit1979 on (July 22, 2011, 14:31 GMT)

Except captain Collins Obuya, Lucas Oluoch and Dominic Wesonga, all other players are of Indian origin. Is it Kenya's team or India's team?

Posted by johnson49 on (July 22, 2011, 13:00 GMT)

Odhiambo looked like the only decent bowler in the kenyan team during the world cup, it's a real shame that he has been left out. All I know of Obanda is that he hit a huge six of Shaun Tait in the world cup

Posted by   on (July 22, 2011, 12:36 GMT)

James Ngoche is one of the most promising spin bowlers in associate cricket. Kenya need to sort this out pronto.

Posted by Lees_Legends on (July 22, 2011, 9:02 GMT)

It's not like Ngoche or Otieno were particularly good anyway. Odhiambo and Obanda had a bit of talent, and I can't say I know of Obado.

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