Kenya to host HK as security threat eases
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.