Saturday, June 24, 2006
Kenya A were due to arrive in Denmark yesterday and are scheduled to play their first tour match today against Herning CC. Herning are a first division side, and though one of the stronger teams in that division, this match should provide a winning start for the visitors. Amit Bhudia, who plays for Herning will be linking up with the squad, and his local knowledge and batting ability should help strengthen the side.
This tour, which includes six matches over 12 days, including two against the Danish national team, is the last chance for Kenya's youngsters to stake a claim for a place in the national team before the three ODIs against Bangladesh. After the rather disappointing batting performance in the Atul Shah tournament, selectors will be hoping that someone steps up with the bat other than captain Brijal Patel. It would be especially nice to see a couple of the younger players go on from making starts to making big scores - Mishra and Muange especially would do their selection chances a lot of good if they can stamp their authority on the Danish bowling.
It will be interesting to see how the youngsters cope with the tough schedule of the tour and different playing conditions. However they go, it will certainly be invaluable experience for all the players. All the best to the team, and I look forward to more red in the results section of the fixture list.
Posted by Chemosit at 11:47 am