Cricket Kenya has announced Collins Obuya as the new captain of the National team. He will first lead the side against the United Arab Emirates in the Intercontinental Cup and two 50 over matches next week.
Obuya, who has signed a new one year contract with Cricket Kenya, has played 92 one-day internationals for his country. He scored a half-century against Sri Lanka and a 98 not out against Australia, and was Kenya’s leading run-getter in the World Cup 2011.
Obuya originally hit the headlines in the 2003 Cricket World Cup where he was one of Kenya’s major performers as they reached the semi-finals. He pick up 13 wickets at 28.76 in the 2003 World Cup and took a career best 5 for 24 in Kenya’s win over Sri Lanka at Nairobi.
After struggling with his bowling thereafter, Obuya has turned himself into a top-order batsman who bowls a bit.
Chief Executive Tom Sears said: ‘Collins is a model professional and his hard work and dedication are an example to other players. He is now an extremely experienced and accomplished player who can set the standards on and off the field for others to aspire to.
‘He has demonstrated at the World Cup what can be achieved by Kenyan players on the international stage and as one of our senior contracted players and now captain he has a big role to play in taking the national team forward.’
Collins Obuya said: ‘I am very proud and honoured to captain my country and will do everything I can to ensure performances and results improve. We have some very good players and some very talented ones coming through our system so it is an exciting time to captain a developing team and work with our new coach Mike Hesson and chairman of selectors Alpesh Vadher.
Jimmy Kamande was removed from the captaincy after Kenya’s woeful performance in the 2011 World Cup.
Jimmy Kamande, Peter Ongondo, Thmoas Odoyo and former captain Maurice Ouma have all been removed from from the list of contracted players for the next year.