CRICKET-Kamande ready for new captaincy role

CRICKET-Kamande ready for new captaincy role

CRICKET-Kamande ready for new captaincy role

Newly appointed national cricket team captain Jimmy Kamande is eyeing a successful season with the team this season.

The right handed batsman and an off-spin bowler, was handed the captaincy of the side on Tuesday after Cricket Kenya (CK) announced a 15-man squad for next month's World Cup. The squad comprises a combination of youth and experience.

Kamande now believes he has the right personalities of skippering the side at the global event to be held in India. “I thank Cricket Kenya (CK) for giving me the opportunity to captain our national team. I promise to do everything in my disposal to cap a perfect season for the team,” said Kamande, who featured for the Kenya team at the 1999 World Cup in England.

The announcement of the squad was more of a rubber-stamping exercise than a surprise, given it is the same group who are currently preparing for the tournament with matches in India. Steve Tikolo, the 41-year-old all-rounder who led his country to the semi-finals in 2003, will be taking part in his fifth World Cup as will 32-year-old Thomas Odoyo. At the other end of the spectrum, nine of the squad will be making their World Cup debuts.

The warm-up matches in India suggest Kenya will struggle to make any impression in the main competition. Although their batsmen have been scoring well, their bowlers have been ineffective and all five matches against Baroda and Gujarat have been lost.

Their preparations will be slight disrupted as Seren Waters, the 20-year-old opening batsman, who has scored the only hundred on the India trip, has to return to his studies for a week at the insistence of Durham University.

Kenya squad Jimmy Kamande (capt), Seren Waters, Alex Obanda, David Obuya, Collins Obuya, Steve Tikolo, Tamnay Mishra, Rakep Patel, Maurice Ouma, Thomas Odoyo, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Elijah Otieno, Peter Ongondo, Shem Ngoche, James Ngoche.

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