Thursday, January 19, 2006
Does this mean that Bangladesh have finally been prevailed upon by the ICC to play Kenya. If this offer is genuine, it will be a fantastic opportunity for Kenya's new coach Roger Harper to show what he can achieve in a short time. It will also give Kenya a great chance to put some points on the board for the ICC One Day International table. Currently, Kenya are top of the second tier in 11th spot , but left off the top tier due to not having played enough matches. A win in the series against Bangladesh would give Kenya a good shot at actually overtaking them on the table. Even better would be the unlikely event of Zimbabwe playing and making it a tri series. Kenya has a good track record against both teams, and with the number of matches provided by a such a competition, would almost certainly make it back onto the top table, assuming of course they win.
While the KCA were taken by surprise by this announcement, it is unlikely they will let the opportunity slip by if indeed it is genuine. Bangladesh have been Kenya's main rivals over recent years, and it irked many in Kenyan cricket when they were elevated to Test status above us. Since, Kenya has had a very commendable record against the Tigers, and many feel that the constant rescheduling of this tour was simply an effort by Bangladesh to avoid playing a lower ranked, but better team. We shall see, but finally things seem to be moving in the right direction for Samir Inamdar and his new board. If the ICC can now lean on Pakistan to make the April tour a reality, things could really be looking up. All that would be remaining would be for a sponsor to step forward, and with the prospect of two full series ahead, one would think this a great opportunity for that to happen.
Posted by Chemosit at 10:38 am