Kenya cricket team to face UAE in Namibia

Written By: Kennedy Langat

The Kenya National cricket team will face United Arab Emirates on Thursday in their World Cricket League opening match at the Wanderers Cricket ground, Windhoek, in Namibia.

The team arrived in Namibia on Tuesday to participate in the league following a tour of Zimbabwe where it played several friendly matches against Zimbabwe A.

The team lost 4-0 in its first match before a 1-1 in the other game.

The ICC world cricket league division two matches will also double up as the 2019 World Cup qualifiers matches.

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Coach Thomas Odoyo says the team has a huge chance to qualify for a place in the 2019, ICC Cricket World Cup set to be held between 4th and 20th of next month in Zimbabwe.

The Kenyan team will look up to Captain Rakep Patel as well as the usually dependable Seamer Nelson Odhiambo to lead the way.

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The side failed to book a place in the qualifiers during the ICC World Cricket championships in December last year after finishing fifth and was subsequently relegated to World Cricket League Division Two.

It will now battle for the two places reserved for the Division Two in the World Cup qualifier against five other teams including hosts Namibia, Canada, Oman, UAE, and Nepal.

After its match with UAE at Wanderers cricket ground in Windhoek, the Kenya national team will face Namibia at United ground on Friday.

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Hosts Namibia, Kenya, Nepal, Canada, UAE and Oman are the six teams fighting it out for the two available slots for the 2019 group world cup qualifiers.

The World Cup set for 30th May to 14th July will be co-hosted by England and Wales will feature ten teams.


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