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December 19, 2010

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Thomas Odoyo congratulates Steve Tikolo for reaching his century, Kenya v Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI, Nairobi, Kenya Tri-Series, October 19, 2008
Kenya will bank on the experience of Steve Tikolo and Thomas Odoyo © AFP
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Kenya have named eight uncapped players in their 30-man provisional squad for the 2011 World Cup - Duncan Allan, Runish Gudhka, Irfan Karim, Karan Kaul, Peter Kituku, Lucas Oluoch, Kennedy Owino and Vinit Shikotra. The squad, which will be pruned to 15 by January 19, also features two of their most experienced players, Steve Tikolo and Thomas Odoyo, who first played for Kenya in the 1996 World Cup, also in the subcontinent.

Kenya have had a disappointing year in ODIs, winning three and losing eight. However, they've had some success of late, winning a three-match series against Afghanistan 2-1 in Nairobi, and sweeping UAE 4-0 in a limited-overs rubber, also at home.

A player strike, led by Tikolo among others, had rocked Kenya cricket earlier in the year and the former captain had walked out on the team and indicated he would not play international cricket again. But he made himself available for the 2011 World Cup and, at 39, remains a key member of the side.

In their most recent ODI assignment, Kenya were led by allrounder Jimmy Kamande. His team will play West Indies and Netherlands in the lead-up to the World Cup.

"I am very pleased with the squad we have been able to name, we have a good blend of experienced players and some very exciting youngsters who have emerged over the last 12 months," Kenya coach Eldine Baptiste said. "There is still time for any one of these 30 players to force his way into the final 15-man squad that will travel to the World Cup.

"Maybe a year ago we would have struggled to find 30 names that were worthy of consideration for a world event but what is really encouraging is how many young players have come through our A team and Under-19 squad in the last year and there are quite a few more who were unlucky not to make this list."

Preliminary squad: Ragheb Aga, Duncan Allan, Runish Gudhka, Jimmy Kamande, Irfan Karim, Karan Kaul, Irfan Karim, Peter Kituku, Alfred Luseno, Tanmay Mishra, James Ngoche, Shem Ngoche, Alex Obanda, David Obuya, Collins Obuya, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Nelson Odhiambo, Thomas Odoyo, Lucas Oluoch, Peter Ongondo, Joseph Onyango, Lameck Onyango, Elijah Otieno, Morris Ouma, Kennedy Owino, Rakep Patel, Vinit Shikotra, Steve Tikolo, Hiren Varaiya, Seren Waters, Dominic Wesonga.


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Posted by John on (December 24, 2010, 14:20 GMT)

kenya have good spinners cammande,james nagoche and variya can lead from front. tikolo,mishra,odoyo,collins,alex and david are main batsman. so lets hope kenya make into quatre final

Posted by Ali on (December 22, 2010, 6:40 GMT)

It will be nice to see some youth in the team this team. CK has to look forward to the future. A lot of young and good talent has gone to waste in Kenya. It is about time the youth take up responsibility and show their worth. Irfan Karim is a good prospect, we played against him, his future looks very bright. Best of luck boys.... we'll always cheer for you

Posted by Dummy4 on (December 21, 2010, 3:00 GMT)

where is tony suji? what is he doing these days

Posted by Dummy4 on (December 19, 2010, 22:31 GMT)

want to see irfan karim playing dis tym!!

Posted by nisal on (December 19, 2010, 9:26 GMT)

Good luck Kenya, hope to see some good cricket from you boys and bring back memories of the great cricket you guys played in 2003.

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