Thursday, July 27, 2006

Ravindu On The Mend

Former Kenyan opener and arguably most technically proficient batsman is reported to be on the mend. He was being asked his thoughts on the current Kenyan team yesterday by the Nation, and said that his rehabilitation was going well, and that he would begin testing his knee soon with light training. If all goes to plan he will be back in action for his club, Nairobi Gymkhana, in the upcoming NPCA league. This is good news for Kenya, but needs to be treated with caution. His return, should he be able to regain his form at 33, would no doubt significantly strengthen the batting line up, but he will need to prove his ability again in the domestic season before being called up. He has sadly been absent from the game too long (since 2004) to be an automatic pick. That said, I believe he has the talent to bounce back, and I would expect him to easily prove his suitability should his knee not give him any more problems.
On the subject of the national team, Ravindu says he is confident in them both for the Canada trip and for the future. He said he expected the youngsters in the squad would benefit from the guidance of the more experienced players and would develop into good players for Kenya in the future. Nothing new there, but nice to hear it from a senior player anyhow.
Chris Tsuma's article goes on to talk about some of the youngsters in the team and who is likely to open with Kennedy Obuya as well as the upcoming Umpire's Seminar.

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