Kenyan Tour Finally Starts

Kenya’s cricket tour to Namibia will finally get underway this morning after they only arrived in Namibia on Tuesday.

Kenya was initially supposed to arrive on Sunday, with their first match against Namibia A due to take place on Monday, but their arrival was delayed because they did not receive their visas from South Africa in time.

“The tour was on and off over the last few weeks, but then, when Kenya confirmed they would come, they had to wait a week for their visas to be processed in South Africa. But they received their visas on Monday and will arrive in Windhoek today,” the CEO of Cricket Namibia Dr Donovan Zealand said on Tuesday morning.

The tour format will remain the same with the dates just being adapted and shifted forward by two days.

Kenya’s first match will therefore be against Namibia A at Affies Park starting at 09h30 on Wednesday morning, while they take on Namibia at the United field on Thursday.

Kenya face Namibia A in their second encounter at Affies Park on Friday, while their final match is against Namibia at the Wanderers field on Saturday.

All the matches start at 09h30 and will be played over 50 overs a side.

Kenya’s final match on Saturday was originally supposed to take place at the United field, but it has been shifted to the Wanderers field, which is now once again ready to host cricket matches, after a lengthy rehabilitation period.

The Wanderers pitch deteriorated significantly after being overused last season and since April, no matches have taken place in an attempt to rehabilitate the pitch.

Cricket Namibia also made use of a consultant groundsman from Kwazulu Natal, Phillip Russell who has helped prepare the pitches for the World Cricket League Division 2 tournament that Namibia will host in January 2015.

“Phillip has been very helpful in preparing our pitches and will be back in Namibia for the third time from 1 December to prepare the wickets for the January tournament. The Wanderers pitch is fine now and can accommodate cricket matches again,” Dr Zealand said.

Dr Zealand said the Kenyan team would include some up and coming players on the fringes of the national side and will be known as a “Kenyan Select 11.”

“Kenya are also trying to finalise their team for next year’s tournament and will use the Namibian tour as a chance to give some fringe players a run,” he said.

The Kenyan squad is however a g one and includes numerous experienced national players like Rakep Patel, Alex Obanda, Nelson Odhiambo, Morris Ouma, Nehemiah Ngoche and James Ngoche.

The Namibian A team will be captained by experienced all-rounder Craig Williams and will also provide a chance for several players to stake their claim for the provisional 18-man national squad for next year’s tournament, which will be announced on Monday.

The Namibia A team is as follows:

Xander Pitchers, Wessel Myburgh, JP Kotze, Craig Williams, Michau du Preez, Pikky Ya France, Zane Green, Bjorn Kotze, MP Delport, Vernon Cloete, Christopher Coombe, SJ Loftie Eaton and Malan Kruger.

Source : The Namibian