Friday, February 10, 2006

Zimbabwe Tour Confirmed

It has officially been confirmed: Kenya's tour to Zimbabwe that has been in so much doubt is now definitely on. Not only that, but instead of the 3 ODI's that were touted previously, the tour will now comprise 5 matches, played over eight days. Awesome!
After weeks of doubts, the players training under Roger Harper now have a concrete goal to aim for.
It will be an intense tour. After arriving in Harare on Thursday 23rd February, there is only one day to acclimatise before back to back matches on the Saturday and Sunday.
The third match will be on Wednesday 1st March, and then the final two matches, again back to back on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th.
This is a wonderful opportunity for Kenya to advance their points in the ICC ODI Table. Even winning 2 out of the 5 matches will give them a rating of 30 points, up from the 18 that they currently have. Only losing 4-1 or 5-0 will leave Kenya worse off than they are now. A victorious tour on the other hand would leave Kenya in a very strong position indeed compared to not only Zimbabwe, but Bangladesh as well. After November's tour, it is quite possible that Kenya can not only win, but do so by a big margin. Should this happen, then we would overtake both countries in terms of points, with only number of matches played holding us back. With at least 3 matches in Bangladesh ahead, plus Holland later in March, this would not then be a concern, especially as we would expect to win against Holland, and at least one or two against the Tigers. Bring it on!

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