Saturday, February 11, 2006

Kenya's chances vs Bangladesh

Browsing the net for any potential news about the proposed tri series, I found this article on Banglacricket giving a run down on Bangladesh's chances against the six Associate members. Here's what they had to say about Kenya, who currently have the advantage of having played them 12 times, and won 8:
"Their record against Bangladesh is very impressive. Tikolo and Odumbe have scripted many victories against Bangladesh.
Bangladesh won in the 1986, 1990, 1997 (finals) ICC Trophy matches against Kenya. They also beat Kenya in 1998. On the other hand Kenya have won in 1994, 1997, 1998, 1997/98 (2 matches), 1998/99 (2 matches), and in the 2003 World Cup. In that World Cup, Kenya proved that they were far superior to Bangladesh going all the way to the semis.
However, since the world cup, Kenya has had very little competition while Bangladesh has gained valuable experience. Bangladesh's talent pool has broadened while Kenya basically still relies upon Tikolo's batting. Their coach Sandeep Patil also left after the 2003 World Cup. Their current coach is Mudassar Nazar.
Hopefully in March of 2006, Kenya will visit Bangladesh for a few games and we can witness a sound beating by Bangladesh. That should help to narrow the win-loss gap between us."
Written on Jan 26th, it is a bit out of date, but does show that Bangladesh feel they can beat us. They miss the fact that we now have a coach with experience at the highest level, but also omit the difference in standards between our youth players and theirs - we have a lot of catching up to do.
Tikolo I agree will be crucial on the tour, due not only to his batting, but experience of the Bangladesh conditions. We do have other batsmen who are more than capable, such as Otieno and Shah from the older players and Malhar Patel, Maurice Ouma and Charles Obuya from the relative newcomers to the team. We will also have a more probing bowling attack due to the youngsters who have recently been training in RSA. Plus Kenya always somehow raise their game against Bangladesh. They reckon a sound beating will take place. I reckon they are in for a surprise.


Anonymous said...

Interesting! However I thought instead of using comments from another site, you'd be better off creating your own.

Chemosit said...

The parts in italics are from another site - a fact I openly acknowledged and there is also a link to the full article.
The parts not in italics are my own comments on those - read the rest of the blog, and you will get a better picture of how I feel, and I will also be previewing each match.