UAE v Kenya, ICC Intercontinental Cup, Sharjah January 5, 2008

Violence disrupts Kenya's preparations

Cricinfo staff

Kenya are not expected to make any changes to their squad for the Intercontinental Cup clash against UAE in Sharjah later this month.

The side are due to resume training at the Aga Khan Sports Club on Monday (January 7) but the continuing unrest and political uncertainty following the disputed elections have thrown questions over how much preparation they can expect before leaving for the UAE next Friday.

"We were to resume training [on Thursday] but the current situation in the country cannot allow us, it's even unsafe for players," interim coach Alfred Njuguna told The Standard. "We have decided to resume on Monday depending on how the situation would be. Before we broke for Christmas holiday, we were basically focusing on physical fitness, but we are now going to embark on serious fielding and batting practices. Despite UAE being underdogs, we are not taking them lightly,".

No decision has been taken over the home tie against Namibia at the end of January but there are already questions being asked about how safe Nairobi is. More than 300 people have died and as many as 250,000 left homeless in continuing violence following the presidential elections.