Carib Beer Series 2003-04 January 2, 2004

Kenya depart on Caribbean odyssey

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Kenya left for the Caribbean today to start a ten-week tour during which time they will participate in the domestic Carib Beer Series. They start their campaign against the West Indies 'A' team at St. Kitts on January 9.

"It's going to be a great tour for us since we will play in all the Carribean islands during the eight weeks," said Andy Moles, Kenya's new coach. "It is a long tour and there are opportunities for both the younger players and the established ones to show what they can do at a different level of the game, in a different environment."

The team, which includes three junior players, will be without the country's leading bowler Thomas Odoyo, who underwent a successful knee operation in December. "I'm sad to have to miss the tour but I have to save my future career," said Odoyo. "I hope Alfred Luseno who takes my place in the team will be a good replacement and will learn a lot during the tour."

Kenya squad Steve Tikolo (capt), Martin Suji, Peter Ongondo, Maurice Odumbe, Hitesh Modi, Brijal Patel, Lameck Onyango, Alfred Luseno, Kennedy Obuya, Maurice Ouma, Francis Otieno, Collins Obuya, Ravindu Shah, Rageb Aga.