Hong Kong side up­beat ahead of ICC World tie

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International -

Hong Kong newly ap­pointed cap­tain Bar­bar Hayat is con­fi­dent as their national team pre­pare to play Kenya in the ICC World Cricket League Cham­pi­onship matches at Nairobi Gymkhana this weekend.

Hayat, 24, who was ap­pointed to lead the 14-men squad to Nairobi, ex­uded con­fi­dence as they pre­pare play on the Kenyan soil for the first time since 1994.

“The boys are feel­ing good fol­low­ing our 2-1 se­ries win over hosts Pa­pua New Guinea last week. “We are look­ing for­ward to play Kenya and I ex­pect the two matches to be tough as the re­sults will de­ter­mine our progress to the next level,” Hayat, who scored 82 in the third game at PNG said.

Hong Kong are placed fourth with nine points from six matches, three points ahead of Kenya, who have also played same num­ber of matches.

“We both have ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers and fresh tal­ent on board. All we need is to fo­cus and I am sure we can make it to the top as a team,” he said.

Hayat, whose first ma­jor over­seas Test will be against Kenya, said the vic­tory over PNG will boost their con­fi­dence against the strong Kenyans.

“We are very happy with a 2-1 se­ries vic­tory — it’s a nice re­sult although 3-0 would have been much more pleas­ing con­sid­er­ing we only lost 20 overs out of the three games we played. We just had a bad pe­riod in that sec­ond ODI,” said Hayat

“The team’s at­ti­tude has been fan­tas­tic ever since we got back from the World T20. We sat down and had an hon­est chat as a group about where we wanted to go as a team, on and off the field. I am very happy with how the guys have re­sponded.

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