Kenya news October 1, 2010

Our toughest selection - Baptiste

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Ragheb Aga, the former Sussex allrounder, and Seren Waters have been confirmed in Kenya's 13-man squad for the Intercontinental Cup match against Afghanistan after what the coach, Eldine Baptiste, called his toughest selection meeting.

Kenya are out of contention for the final - which will be contested between Scotland and Afghanistan after Zimbabwe forfeited their match against Scotland - but are looking towards next year's World Cup. The availability of Aga, who was released by Sussex at the end of the 2010 season, and the talented Waters adds depth to the team which will be captained by Maurice Ouma.

"This is an extremely important match for us against a very good Afghanistan team," Baptiste said. "The selection meeting we had was the longest I have been involved in during my time in Kenya and that is a reflection on the fact that we now have a lot more competition for places in the squad which is a good thing.

"There are some players who were very close to selection and are very unlucky to miss out on the final 13, this means that those who did make the squad know they have to perform well as there are people waiting in the wings to step in and grab an opportunity. While our main focus is on the World Cup next February, this four day game is an important part of our preparation and we will be looking to perform to our best."

Squad Maurice Ouma (capt & wk), Seren Waters, David Obuya, Collins Obuya, Steve Tikolo, Rakep Patel, Jimmy Kamande, Ragheb Aga, Thomas Odoyo, Nehemiah Odhiambo, James Ngoche, Hiren Varaiya, Elijah Otieno

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