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Collins Obuya undergoes surgery

Kenya's legspinner Collins Obuya will almost certainly miss the Champions Trophy in September after undergoing surgery to remove his appendix. He was rushed to hospital with stomach pains during Kenya's match against Pakistan A on Monday.

Obuya was instrumental in Kenya's advance to the World Cup semi-finals last year, taking 5 for 24 in their vital group-stage victory over Sri Lanka. He was subsequently signed by Warwickshire as an overseas player for the 2003 season.

"He is likely to be out of action for seven weeks. It is a great shame because Collins has played good one-day cricket for Kenya," lamented Andy Moles, Kenya's coach. "It's very disappointing for the team as a whole and for Collins but he is definitely out of the triangular series and very doubtful for the Champions Trophy."

Kenya have already been weakened by the withdrawal of their captain, Maurice Odumbe, who has taken a break from cricket while answering match-fixing allegations.