Kenya Cricket team out to redeem faded international glory

Kenya Cricket team out to redeem faded international glory

Kenya Cricket team out to redeem faded international glory

The Kenya national Cricket team held its final training session before leaving for Dubai on Sunday for their pre world cup preparations. The team was also handed the national flag by Sports Commissioner Mr. Gordon Oluoch who represented the sports minister Dr.Paul Otuoma.The ceremony was held at the Nairobi Gymkhana on Friday afternoon.

The world cup being held in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh kicks off on February 19th with Kenya scheduled to play its first match on February 20th against New Zealand. Kenya will however play a warm up match against West Indies on February 12 in Colombo and then also play against Netherlands at Pallekele also in Sri Lanka on February 15.

Speaking during the handing over of the flag to the team captain Jimmy Kamande, Sports commissioner Gordon Oluoch urged the team to redeem the lost glory that sold Kenya as a great Cricketing nation. He said the nation holds pride in the players and reminded them of a great task ahead not only for them but for the entire nation.

Against a backdrop of poor performance in the recent past, the Kenyan team is under immense pressure to perform well in India with Coach Eldine Baptiste saying they target to reach the second round of the world cup.

We have worked on our weak spots especially batting and all the three departments are now in good shape. We have had not a so smooth season so far but we have worked hard to rectify our weaknesses.” Said Baptiste.

The team’s morale received another major boost by the arrival of Jhontey Rhodes a former South African international who has come to help shape the team back to its glory.

In the past, the team has been hit with salary standoffs but Cricket Kenya has come out clean to say this time that will not be expected since all their money matters have been sorted.

This was confirmed by team captain Kamande who said their focus is now on the pitch and not to engage in financial bargains.

The team departs on Sunday.

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