Kenya in Canada 2006 July 21, 2006

Kenya blend youth and experience

Cricinfo staff

Kenya have announced a 13-man squad for the forthcoming Intercontinental Cup and one-day matches against Canada in Toronto.

The squad is a mix of youth and experience. Hitesh Modi, who has not made a one-day international fifty for four years but averaged 48 in the 2005 Intercontinental Cup, and Brijal Patel are included, as is Kennedy Otieno, was dropped after the series whitewash in Bangladesh and subsequently threatened to retire.

Timothy Muange and Hiren Varaiya, who are both uncapped, have been drafted in, and Tanmay Mishra, the 19-year-old who was so impressive in Bangladesh, is also included.

Kenya will leave for Canada next Wednesday, and Steve Tikolo, their captain, will join them on Sunday after completing his club commitments in the UK. Modi, another overseas-based player, will fly straight from London to Toronto.

Kenya, who drew their opening Intercontinental Cup match with Holland, need to beat Canada to maintain their interest in the competition.

Squad - Steve Tikolo (capt), Thomas Odoyo (vice-capt), Brijal Patel, Kennedy Otieno (wk), Tony Suji, Tanmay Mishra, Collins Obuya, Peter Ongondo, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Timothy Muange, Jimmy Kamande, Hitesh Modi, Hiren Varaiya