Otieno and Bundi axed from squad
Little surprise as CK retain quadrangular squad for the WLCL
Seamers Elijah Otieno and Emmanuel Bundi have been dropped from the national cricket team for the upcoming crucial ICC World Cricket League Championship (WLCL) ties against Hong Kong.
The selection committee named a 14-member squad for the two matches last week.
There were no real surprises in the squad as the selectors decided to drop only Otieno and Bundi from the squad that played in last month’s quadrangular, which attracted Kenya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Uganda.
Otieno had a poor season in the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association Super League. From 15 matches he played for Swamibapa, Otieno who has been in the national team for nine years, failed to bag more than six wickets. He was also not among the top 50 bowlers in the league. There is also no place for former national team player Maurice Ouma, who was the second best batsman with 736 runs from 14 innings and league’s top wicket keeper
Irfan Karim will once again be relied on to offer services behind the stumps in the absence of Ouma.
Karim, who has been impressive in most games despite his slow innings, will also be expected to lead the batting that also includes the NPCA League top scorer and captain Rakep Patel. Other batsmen, who have won the confidence of the selectors are Alex Obanda, Dhiren Gondaria, Narendra Kalyan, Collins Obuya, Gurdeep Singh, Karan Kaul and Rushab Patel. Obanda has had a lukewarm season, where he only scored one century. However, his performance saw him finish the league in third place.
Kalyan makes a comeback in the team after missing a couple of matches due to work commitments.
Collins Obuya will also be expected to use his long experience in the team in ensuring that batting carries the day in Kenya’s match over unpredictable Hong Kong.
Nehemiah Odhiambo will be tasked in leading Kenya bowling attack alongside Lucas Oluoch who is returning to the team after missing the quadrangular due to an injury.