Thursday, July 13, 2006

Kenya Squad To Play Trial Match Today

Kenya's squad have been working hard under Roger Harper in preparation for the upcoming Internationals starting at the end of the month. Training starts at 9:00 sharp in the morning and continues through to 4:oo in the afternoon with a short break for lunch. This is a new experience for some in the squad, but reports indicate they are impressed with Harper and his professional approach. So far, the format seems to have been net sessions in the morning followed by a more physical work out in the afternoon. It is good to hear that Harper is pushing the team hard, and it will no doubt stand them in good stead over the next couple of months.
Today, things take an even more serious turn for the players hoping to be selected to travel to Canada. Ruaraka ground will be the venue for a 4-day practice match that will go a long way towards narrowing down the final squad in the eyes of the selectors. While the match will be split, with the first two days being played today and tomorrow, then the next two over Monday and Tuesday, it will give the players a chance to show what they can do in the longer form of the game. Hopefully, we will see some of the players stepping up and proving their worth with sensible batting and incisive spells with the ball.
Saturday is scheduled as a rest day, while Sunday is left open to allow for the NPCA league to start. If the Nairobi matches do not go ahead, then Sunday will become a training day instead. While there is still time before the squad leave for Canada, visas will need to be organised soon, so a good performance in this match will mean a great deal in terms of team selection. It should make for an interesting few days of cricket in Nairobi. All the best to those taking part.

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