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Kenya a mix of the old and the new

Martin Williamson

January 19, 2011

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Seren Waters sweeps, Denmark v Kenya, World Cup Qualifiers, Potchefstroom, April 8, 2009
Seren Waters: under pressure from his university to return home © Getty Images

Kenya have announced their 15-man squad for next month's World Cup and it is a combination of youth and experience under newly-appointed captain Jimmy Kamande. The announcement was more of a rubber-stamping exercise than a surprise, given it is the same group who are currently preparing for the tournament with matches in India.

Steve Tikolo, the 41-year-old allrounder who led his country to the semi-finals in 2003, will be taking part in his fifth World Cup as will 32-year-old Thomas Odoyo. At the other end of the spectrum, nine of the squad will be making their World Cup debuts.

The warm-up matches in India suggest Kenya will struggle to make any impression in the main competition. Although their batsmen have been scoring well, their bowlers have been ineffective and all five matches against Baroda and Gujarat have been lost.

Their preparations will be slight disrupted as Seren Waters, the 20-year-old opening batsman, who has scored the only hundred on the India trip, has to return to his studies for a week at the insistence of Durham University.

Kenya squad Jimmy Kamande (capt), Seren Waters, Alex Obanda, David Obuya, Collins Obuya, Steve Tikolo, Tamnay Mishra, Rakep Patel, Maurice Ouma, Thomas Odoyo, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Elijah Otieno, Peter Ongondo, Shem Ngoche, James Ngoche.

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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Posted by Levi on (January 19, 2011, 22:13 GMT)

Steve Tikolo 25/06/71 39years 208days. nothing wrong with the squad they just need to put the right 11 out there. 1.S.Tikolo 2.S.Waters 3.A.Obanda 4.M.Ouma 5.D.Obuya 6.C.Obuya 7.T.Odoyo 8.J.Kamande 9.P.Ongondo 10.N.Odhiambo 11.E.Otieno

Posted by Steve on (January 19, 2011, 17:19 GMT)

The saddest story of the upcoming WC, especially after their dream run in not so distant past 2003 WC. The only way from here on is up, for they have reached the rock bottom losing to lowly ranked domestic teams in India no less. This could be the last WC for Steve Tikolo, one of my favorite cricketers. I hope he goes out of the game with a bang!. I hope Kenya don't embarrass themselves which would be bad for the growth of the game in their country.

Posted by maximus on (January 19, 2011, 14:48 GMT)

Where is Hiren Varaiya, by far the best spinner Kenya has produced.

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 19, 2011, 13:51 GMT)

No Hiren Varaiya or Ragheb Aga then? Both seem like surprising omissions which would be worth a mention. Pretty sure that Steve Tikolo's 39 too.

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