Twenty20 World Championship August 14, 2007

Kenya rely on the tried and trusted

Cricinfo staff

Kenya have announced their 15-man squad for next month's Twenty20 World Championship and the side contains few surprises.

The only two new faces from the squad that took part in the World Cup are both 19-year-olds, Alex Obanda and Elijah Otieno.

Obanda's inclusion is not surprising as he has been considered one of the most promising young batsmen for some time. He represented Kenya at Under-17 level while still only 14, and earlier this year he was one of the successes of Kenya's participation in Zimbabwe's Logan Cup, scoring 386 runs at 38.60 including a maiden first-class hundred. That won him selection for the Africa XI in the Afro-Asia Cup in June, but he struggled in two outings against India A this month, making three ducks in four innings.

Otieno, a medium-pace bowler who gets surprising bounce from the pitch, also played in the Logan Cup but in three outings took only 1 for 166, although he was considered extremely unlucky as he beat the bat more than anyone else. He has no pretensions as a batsman - all his career runs came in the same match, and his seven first-class outings include five ducks.

Kenya Steve Tikolo (capt), Rajesh Bhudiya, Jimmy Kamande, Tanmay Mishra, Alex Obanda, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Collins Obuya, David Obuya, Thomas Odoyo, Peter Ongondo, Lameck Onyango, Elijah Otieno, Maurice Ouma (wk), Tony Suji, Hiren Varaiya.

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