Especially worrying was the performance of both the Kenyan teams with the bat. While the pitches cannot have been great - only one score of 200 in 16 innings shows that the Coast groundsmen have a hell of a lot of work to do, it was never the less a disappointing effort by the Kenyans. There are batting positions up for grabs in the national team at the moment, but none of the players, with the exception Brijal Patel and possibly Timothy Muange, would have had the selectors taking notes. Patel is on the fringes of the Kenya team anyway - another good performance in Denmark would probably ensure his selection for the home series against Bangladesh, but he is not a new face. Muange had two scores in the 30s and two failures, so will need to do more to convince the selectors he is ready to step up a further level. At 22 however, there is at least a glimmer of hope there if he works hard on his technique. The only other Kenyan batsman to average over 20 for the tournament was Mohammed Fazal (CCA), but he is probably too old to be given a run in the A team. Tanmay Mishra, who would have been considered an automatic pick for the national side before this series, did not show the form that brought him to the fore in Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. He will have a second chance against the Danes, and one would expect his class to show through there.
The squad listed by the selectors to tour Denmark prior to the Mombasa event was as follows:
B. Patel [Cpt], Lammeck Onyango [V.C], Nehemiah Odhiambo, Alfred Luseno, Maurice Ouma, Malhar Patel, Tanmay Mishra, Rajesh Bhudia, Ashish Karia, Alex Obanda, Laxman Jadavji, Hiren Variayi, Hafeez Manji, Timothy Muange, Amit Bhudia.
My squad to travel would be:
Brijal Patel (Cpt), Tanmay Mishra, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Maurice Ouma, Malhar Patel, Rajesh Bhudia, Ashish Karia, Stewart Kayne, Laxman Jadavji, Hiren Variayi, Rashmi Gami, Timothy Muange, Amit Bhudia, Hafeez Manji, Jadavji Jasani.
Lameck Onyango and Alfred Luseno, originally named for the Atul Shah event never played, so it would seem strange to take them to Denmark if the same was going to be the case there. I suspect they may be being held back for national duties against Bangladesh. I would also replace Alex Obanda who averaged 4.33 from the tournament with Jadavji Jasani who averaged 16.75. It may be that it is too late for changes to be made, in which case those travelling get a reprieve, while Gami and Kayne must wait until next time. I hope for Kenya's sake that this is not the case.