Signs for club in Queensland October 18, 2006

Kennedy Otieno heads to Australia

Cricinfo staff

Kennedy Otieno, Kenya's first choice wicketkeeper-batsman at the moment, has secured a contract to play in Australia ahead of the World Cup.

Otieno, who fell out of favour earlier in the year but battled his way back into the side, will play for Caboolture in Queensland. It will be his second spell playing club cricket in Australia.

"I am looking forward for the challenge of the Australian cricket," Otieno said. "I hope my playing there will improve my cricket."

It is expected he will return home if picked for the World Cup, although his absence might cause the national selectors a few problems. Of late, they have tended to favour domestic-based players, and while a few, such as Steve Tikolo, do play a good standard of cricket overseas, Otieno's club is not in the same class.