Kenya news September 23, 2010

Waters and Aga return to boost Kenya

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kenya will be boosted by the return of opener Seren Waters and allrounder Ragheb Aga to the squad for the coming home matches against Afghanistan and UAE. Both players spent the summer in England, where Waters played for Durham University and Surrey's second XI, while Aga had a stint with Sussex.

The pair will join the squad next week, in time for the ICC Intercontinental Cup match against Afghanistan which begins on October 2 in Nairobi, the three ODIs that follow, and the four-match ODI series against UAE.

"It is essential that we have competition for places in our national side and the addition of Seren and Ragheb to the squad will help provide that," Cricket Kenya's chief executive, Tom Sears, said. "Both players have been playing a high standard of cricket in England and have been involved with two of the best county set ups in the English game.

"Looking ahead, there are only 15 places in the World Cup squad and with the addition of players such as Seren, Ragheb and Tanmay Mishra to the national squad, and the emergence of some highly talented players in our Under-19 team, players know they have to start producing consistent performances if they are to make that squad."

Kenya are already out of the running for the ICC Intercontinental Cup title but their opponents, Afghanistan, who are playing the competition for the first time, are attempting to reach the final. They are presently leading the points table with four wins out of five games. The teams that finish first and second in the seven-team league will play the final in Dubai in November.