Kenya to host HK as se­cu­rity threat eases

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

NAIROBI: Kenyan crick­eters are look­ing for­ward to play­ing their first in­ter­na­tional game after a four-year hia­tus when they host Hong Kong in a World Cricket League qual­i­fier in Nairobi tomorrow. Due to se­cu­rity con­cerns, Kenya was forced to play their first home game of the tour­na­ment against the United Arab Emi­rates in Southamp­ton, Eng­land in June 2015. Kenya has not played at home since a se­ries of bomb at­tacks hit the cap­i­tal in 2012. Coach Thomas Odoyo says play­ing at the Nairobi Gymkhana club would pro­vide boost his side, which is cur­rently fifth in the competition. “It’ pleas­ing for us that we are com­ing back to play in the con­di­tions we are used to” said Odoyo, a for­mer na­tional team all-rounder. “This gives us an ad­van­tage over our ri­vals, Hong Kong who are play­ing here for the first time.” The at­tacks fol­lowed Kenya’s de­ci­sion to send troops to So­ma­lia to bat­tle the Shabaab mil­i­tant group, which had threat­ened the coun­try’s tourism sec­tor. But of par­tic­u­lar con­cern for Odoyo and his play­ers is the sud­den change of the weather in Nairobi, which has been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing heavy rains over the past two days.

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