ICC Intercontinental Cup May 25, 2005

Aga and Kamande return to Kenyan squad


Ragheb Aga: back in the squad © Getty Images

Ragheb Aga and Jimmy Kamande, the two medium-pacers, have been recalled to bolster the Kenyan team that will face Namibia in a rescheduled Africa zone ICC Intercontinental Cup qualifier in Windhoek next month.

Kamande has not played for Kenya for nearly a year but Tom Tikolo, the chief selector, said that he had shown improvement in his form and had big potential as a genuine spinner and batsman. "Kamande would prove useful with his spin and in getting the runs in Windhoek," Tikolo said, adding that Kenya needed to win to qualify for the semi-finals.

The two countries, which meet on June 3-5, share top spot after both beat Uganda in their opening matches of the three-nation series. Aga was left out of the match in Kampala after leading Kenya as stand-in captain for the inaugural cup semi-finals and finals in the United Arab Emirates last November.

The selectors also left out Tanmy Mishra, the 17-year-old batsman, who made his debut against Uganda, and the opener David Obuya, the youngest of the three brothers in the national team. Another surprise omission is Brijal Patel who is performing well domestically at the moment.

Squad Steve Tikolo, Thomas Odoyo, Kennedy Obuya, Maurice Ouma, Hitesh Modi, Collins Obuya, Martin Suji, Peter Ong'ondo, Lameck Onyango, Kalpesh Patel, Jimmy Kamande and Ragheb Aga.