Kenya men’s cricket team leaves for Kampala on Friday to fight for one of two slots reserved for Africa in the International Cricket Council (ICC) men’s Twenty20 World Cup qualifiers.
The other teams that will be vying for the two places reserved for the continent in the Uganda event from May 19 -24 are Namibia, Botswana, Nigeria, Ghana and the hosts.
The two finalists in Kampala will book tickets to compete in the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup qualifiers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this year from October 11 to November 3.
In the UAE, six teams will qualify for the 2020 Twenty20 World Cup set to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15.
Shem Ngoche will captain Kenya, who will open their campaign against arch-rivals and hosts Uganda. Uganda team is coached by Maurice Odumbe, who in his heyday was one of the best all-rounders in Kenya. Odumbe captained Kenya in their inaugural World Cup in 1996 jointly hosted by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Odumbe will be assisted by David Obuya, a former Kenyan international.
Collins Obuya is the most experienced player in the side, having represented the country in three editions of the ICC World Cup from 2003 when Kenya reached the semi-finals in South Africa to 2011 in India. He is also the only Kenyan player who has competed in county cricket in England, where he represented Warwickshire, after the 2003 World Cup.
Kenya’s captain in the 2018 Under-19 World Cup, Sachin Bhudia - who turns out for Kanbis in the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association League - has been capped along with his teammate, Jasraj Kundi who plays for Sikh Union.
Nehemiah Odhiambo, who was Kenya's opening bowler, was dropped from the main team and is one of the three reserves. Emmanuel Bundi, one of the most promising right-arm fast medium pacers, has also been dropped from the touring side.
Shem Ngoche of Stray Lions (captain), Sachin Bhudia (Kanbis), Dhiren Gondaria (Kanbis), Irfan Karim) Swamibapa), Collins Obuya (Obuya Academy), Eakep Patel (Kanbis), Nelson Odhiambo (Kanbis), Alex Obanda (Swamibapa), Rushab Patel (Nairobi Gymkhana), Elijah Otieno (Kongonis), Lucas Oluoch (Nairobi Gymkhana), Eugene Ochieng (Kongonis), Jasraj Kundi (Sikh Union) and Pushpak Kerai (Kanbis)
Officials: Coach Maurice Odumbe, assistant coach David Obuya, Wynand De Ridder (bowling consultant and Physiotherapist and team manager Moses Muturi.
Reserve players: Gerard Mwendwa (Obuya Academy), Nehemiah Odhiambo (Stray Lions) and Joseph Onyango (Kongonis).