Veteran Kenya wicketkeeper still keen to play for country July 31, 2007

Otieno heads to Australia

Cricinfo staff

Kennedy Otieno: "It is a polite way of telling me that I am not needed" © Getty Images

The international career of Kennedy Otieno, the Kenya wicketkeeper, appears to be over after Cricket Kenya failed to offer him a new contract. Otieno, 35, announced on Tuesday that he would return to Australia to play for Caboolture, a club in Queensland which he represented for six months last year.

"If I was offered a contract I would not have gone to Australia," Otieno said. "It is a polite way of telling me that I am not needed. I would have loved to continue playing for Kenya but I have to look elsewhere for a livelihood."

Otieno first headed to Australia last year, but his unavailability for Kenya's training camp ruled him out of the World Cup in the Caribbean. Now he has been overlooked for Kenya's series against India A and Sri Lanka A next week.

After two three-day matches between Kenya and India A, the teams will play a triangular one-day series from August 14-20.