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Steve Tikolo appointed Uganda batting coach

Uganda Cricket Association appointed former Kenya cricket captain Steve Tikolo as its batting coach.

Tikolo took over the role early last week joining another former Kenya international Martin Suji who has been Uganda national team coach since last year.

“We sought Tikolo on recommendation from the stakeholders’ meeting held after the team returned from an unsuccessful Division II event in Dubai last year when Uganda were relegated to Division III,” said Uganda Cricket Association president Justine Ligyalingi.

“He is a hot property that any team will want to have as a player or coach. We are really lucky to have him here as he accepted to coach,” added Ligyalingi.

Tikolo said, “The board and players have shown their intentions to move forward and improve the level of their game. This is encouraging.

“In life you lose some and gain some. It’s just unfortunate that I have had to leave Kenya but I had to do it.”

Kenya-Namibia ties shifted to Mombasa because of security fears

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed the new dates for the fourth round fixtures of the ICC Intercontinental Cup and Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship matches between Kenya and Namibia.

The matches were originally scheduled for June but due to delays related to the ongoing and changing security assessment for Kenya in general-and Nairobi in particular-and the subsequent logistics of successfully staging the match at an alternative venue, the ICC agreed with both the participating Members that these matches be postponed to later in the year.

The matches will now all take place at Mombasa Sports Club Ground, Mombasa on the following dates:

  • 27 – 30 Sept – ICC Intercontinental Cup
  • 2 Oct – 50-over match, Pepsi ICC WCL Championship
  • 4 Oct – 50-over match, Pepsi ICC WCL Championship

Zimbabwean Robin Brown joins Kenya coaching staff

Cricket Kenya has appointed former Zimbabwe cricket coach Robin Brown as head of its national elite programme.

Brown has been appointed to oversee Cricket Kenya’s talent development programmes from grass roots through to Elite level.

61-year-old Brown is a Level Three coach and has extensive experience in playing and coaching at international level having captained his country and appeared in two World Cups as a player and coached the Zimbabwe national side at the T20 World Cup.

He has been heavily involved in development and high performance work in Zimbabwe for many years coaching National age group teams and one of the new franchise teams in domestic competition. He also has a very strong background in pitch preparation and facilities development.

Cricket Kenya Chief Executive Tom Sears said, “We are delighted Robin has joined Cricket Kenya in such a key position and have no doubt his knowledge and experience will be a huge benefit in many areas.

“Robin is a vastly experienced coach who has played and coached at the highest level and is highly respected in the game.

“His primary role will be to ensure we are identifying the best players in our system from junior level right through to our Emerging Players Squad and ensuring they receive all the coaching and support they need to fulfil their potential.”

Ireland announce squads for Kenya and UAE

Wicketkeeper-batsman Niall O’Brien has not been picked in the Ireland squad for the tour of Kenya next month because of his involvement in the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League.

The tour to Kenya will include the third round of the ICC Intercontinental Cup four-day match, two World Cup qualifying ODIs as part of the ICC 50 over League, and three Twenty20s.

“There were difficult matters for the selectors to discuss regarding Niall O’Brien’s availability,” Phil Simmons, the Ireland coach, said in a release.

“They took on board Niall’s offer to play in only the ODI’s in Kenya, join the squad for part of the South Africa camp, and then the ICC World T20 Qualifier.

“However the selectors remained consistent to their principle, regarding that all players must be available for all parts of the tour.

“Niall was not able to make himself available for the whole tour and therefore the selectors have decided not to select him for any part of the tour including the ICC World T20 Qualifier.

“We are only selecting for this tour and the next selection will be for the RSA Challenge ODI versus Australia in June; at that point they will consider all available players.

“Niall has communicated that he still wishes to play for Ireland and the selectors will take that into consideration when they next meet.”

The selectors have also announced a provisional squad for 17 players for the ICC World T20 Qualifier in UAE and a final squad of 14 will be selected from this by February 12th. This squad will also participate in a warm-up preparation camp in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Ireland squad for Kenya tour: William Porterfield (capt), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Nigel Jones, Ed Joyce, John Mooney, Rory McCann, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Poynter, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Albert van der Merwe, Andrew White, Gary Wilson.

Ireland provisional squad for World T20 Qualifiers and South Africa camp: William Porterfield (capt), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Nigel Jones, Ed Joyce, John Mooney, Rory McCann, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Poynter, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Albert van der Merwe, Andrew White, Gary Wilson.

ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2012 Schedule

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the schedule for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2012 which will take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 13 to 24 March, 2012.

Tournament will be played at five venues – Dubai International Cricket Stadium and ICC Global Cricket Academy grounds No.1 and No.2 in Dubai, Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium and the historic Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

The 16 teams have been divided into two groups with Afghanistan, Netherlands, Canada, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Hong Kong, Bermuda, Denmark and Nepal forming Group A and Ireland, Kenya, Scotland, Namibia, Uganda, Oman, Italy and the USA comprising Group B.

The tournament winner will join Australia and the West Indies in group B of the ICC World Twenty20 2012 in September 2012 while the losing finalist will complete Group A which also includes defending champion England and 2007 winner India.

ICC’s Global Development Manager, Tim Anderson, said: “This is one of the most important and prestigious events on the Pepsi ICC Development Programme’s calendar in which 16 leading Associate and Affiliate Members will vie for the two available places in the ICC World Twenty20 2012 Sri Lanka.

“This final qualifier is the last step of a pathway that comprised 13 ICC regional tournaments during 2010 and 2011 and saw the involvement of over 90 ICC Associate and Affiliate members. The 72-match format has been designed to give the best sides every chance of making the final.”

This will be the third ICC World Twenty20 qualifier. When it was last staged, also in the UAE in 2010, Afghanistan and Ireland claimed the qualifying spots.

The sides that top the two groups will feature in the 1st Qualifying Final at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday 22 March at 1400 (local time) with the winner sealing a place in the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 to be staged from 18 September to 7 October.

Meanwhile, the sides that finish second and third in the two groups will play cross-over matches. The two winners of those matches will progress to the Preliminary Final to be played on 23 March at 1000 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

The 2nd Qualifying Final – for the second spot in the ICC World Twenty20 2012 – will take place on the morning of 24 March at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium between the loser of the 1st Qualifying Final and the winner of the Preliminary Final.

The winners of the two Qualifying Finals will play in the tournament final on the evening of 24 March at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2012 Schedule

DATE & TIME (UAE TIME)
Tue, Mar 13, 2012 10:00 Afghanistan   vs PNG
Tue, Mar 13, 2012 10:00 Oman   vs Italy
Tue, Mar 13, 2012 10:00 Ireland   vs Namibia
Tue, Mar 13, 2012 10:00 Uganda   vs USA
Tue, Mar 13, 2012 14:00 Netherlands   vs Canada
Tue, Mar 13, 2012 14:00 Kenya   vs Scotland
Tue, Mar 13, 2012 14:00 Hong Kong   vs Nepal
Tue, Mar 13, 2012 14:00 Bermuda   vs Denmark
Wed, Mar 14, 2012 10:00 Ireland   vs Kenya
Wed, Mar 14, 2012 10:00 Hong Kong   vs Bermuda
Wed, Mar 14, 2012 10:00 Italy   vs USA
Wed, Mar 14, 2012 14:00 Denmark   vs Nepal
Wed, Mar 14, 2012 14:00 Afghanistan   vs Netherlands
Wed, Mar 14, 2012 14:00 Uganda   vs Oman
Wed, Mar 14, 2012 14:00 Scotland   vs Namibia
Thu, Mar 15, 2012 10:00 Canada   vs Hong Kong
Thu, Mar 15, 2012 10:00 Namibia   vs USA
Thu, Mar 15, 2012 10:00 Ireland   vs Italy
Thu, Mar 15, 2012 10:00 Afghanistan   vs Denmark
Thu, Mar 15, 2012 14:00 Scotland   vs Uganda
Thu, Mar 15, 2012 14:00 Kenya   vs Oman
Thu, Mar 15, 2012 14:00 Netherlands   vs Bermuda
Thu, Mar 15, 2012 14:00 PNG   vs Nepal
Fri, Mar 16, 2012 10:00 Canada   vs Bermuda
Fri, Mar 16, 2012 10:00 Netherlands   vs Denmark
Fri, Mar 16, 2012 10:00 Namibia   vs Uganda
Fri, Mar 16, 2012 10:00 Scotland   vs Oman
Fri, Mar 16, 2012 14:00 PNG   vs Hong Kong
Fri, Mar 16, 2012 14:00 Ireland   vs USA
Fri, Mar 16, 2012 14:00 Kenya   vs Italy
Fri, Mar 16, 2012 14:00 Afghanistan   vs Nepal
Sun, Mar 18, 2012 10:00 Oman   vs USA
Sun, Mar 18, 2012 10:00 Hong Kong   vs Denmark
Sun, Mar 18, 2012 10:00 Netherlands   vs PNG
Sun, Mar 18, 2012 10:00 Uganda   vs Italy
Sun, Mar 18, 2012 14:00 Ireland   vs Scotland
Sun, Mar 18, 2012 14:00 Afghanistan   vs Canada
Sun, Mar 18, 2012 14:00 Bermuda   vs Nepal
Sun, Mar 18, 2012 14:00 Kenya   vs Namibia
Mon, Mar 19, 2012 10:00 Netherlands   vs Nepal
Mon, Mar 19, 2012 10:00 Scotland   vs Italy
Mon, Mar 19, 2012 10:00 Kenya   vs USA
Mon, Mar 19, 2012 10:00 Afghanistan   vs Hong Kong
Mon, Mar 19, 2012 14:00 PNG   vs Bermuda
Mon, Mar 19, 2012 14:00 Ireland   vs Uganda
Mon, Mar 19, 2012 14:00 Canada   vs Denmark
Mon, Mar 19, 2012 14:00 Namibia   vs Oman
Tue, Mar 20, 2012 10:00 Afghanistan   vs Bermuda
Tue, Mar 20, 2012 10:00 Kenya   vs Uganda
Tue, Mar 20, 2012 10:00 Ireland   vs Oman
Tue, Mar 20, 2012 10:00 Netherlands   vs Hong Kong
Tue, Mar 20, 2012 14:00 Namibia   vs Italy
Tue, Mar 20, 2012 14:00 Scotland   vs USA
Tue, Mar 20, 2012 14:00 PNG   vs Denmark
Tue, Mar 20, 2012 14:00 Canada   vs Nepal


DATE & TIME (UAE TIME) FIXTURE
Thu, Mar 22, 2012 10:00 Match No. 57 Group A 2nd   vs Group B 3rd
Venue:DSC Stadium
Thu, Mar 22, 2012 10:00 Match No. 58 Group A 3rd   vs Group B 2nd
Venue:GCA No. 1
Thu, Mar 22, 2012 10:00 Match No. 59 Group A 8th   vs Group B 8th
Venue:GCA No. 2
Thu, Mar 22, 2012 10:00 Match No. 60 Group A 6th   vs Group B 7th
Venue:GCA No. 2
Thu, Mar 22, 2012 14:00 Match No. 61 Group A 1st   vs Group B 1st
Venue:DSC Stadium
Thu, Mar 22, 2012 14:00 Match No. 62 Group A 5th   vs Group B 4th
Venue:GCA No. 1
Thu, Mar 22, 2012 14:00 Match No. 63 Group A 4th   vs Group B 5th
Venue:GCA No. 2
Thu, Mar 22, 2012 14:00 Match No. 64 Group A 7th   vs Group B 6th
Venue:GCA No. 2
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 14:00 Match No. 65 Loser M57   vs Loser M58
Venue:DSC Stadium
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 10:00 Match No. 66 Loser M62   vs Loser M63
Venue:GCA No. 1
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 10:00 Match No. 67 Loser M60   vs Loser M60
Venue:GCA No. 2
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 10:00 Match No. 68 Winner M57   vs Winner M58
Venue:DSC Stadium
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 14:00 Match No. 69 Winner M62   vs Winner M63
Venue:GCA No. 1
Fri, Mar 23, 2012 14:00 Match No. 70 Winner M60   vs Winner M64
Venue:GCA No. 2
Sat, Mar 24, 2012 10:00 Match No. 71 Winner M65   vs Loser M61
Venue:DSC Stadium
Sat, Mar 24, 2012 14:00 Match No. 72 Winner M61   vs Winner M71
Venue:DSC Stadium


Kenya squad for Andhra Pradesh One Day fixtures

Cricket Kenya has named a 16 man Kenya squad to play Andhra Pradesh in two 50 over matches on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th August at Nairobi Gymkhana.

Chairman of Selectors Alpesh Vader said, “These two matches will give us the chance to see how players perform in 50 over cricket and now the Under19 squad are back we intend to have a look at some of our younger players to assess their potential.

“It is important we build some strength in depth and give players the chance to press their case for inclusion in the National squad set up going forward.”

Kenya Squad

  • Collins Obuya (captain)
  • Rakep Patel
  • Alex Obanda
  • Runish Gudhka
  • Hiren Varaiya
  • Dominic Wesonga
  • Irfan Karim
  • Emmanuel Bundi
  • Ramesh Mepani
  • Morris Ouma
  • Nehemiah Odhiambo
  • Raj Savala
  • Peter Kituku
  • Shem Ngoche
  • Elijah Otieno
  • Alfred Luseno

Crown Berger offers cricket sponsorship

Paint Maker Crown Berger in partnership with Cricket Kenya has announced a sponsorship package of Kes 1.5million towards the upcoming new East African Cup and East Africa Premier League.

The partnership will see the listed firm associated with both the Twenty 20 East Africa Premier League and 50 over East Africa Cup. The competitions will feature six teams from Kenya and Uganda and will begin on August 20th 2011.

Crown Berger chief executive officer Rakesh Rao said the company were delighted to support this exciting new development for cricket in the East African region.

“We want to create competitiveness and nurture talent among the youth so that we can compete at international levels”, Rao added.

Cricket Kenya Chief Executive Tom Sears said, “We are very pleased to welcome Crown Berger on board as a major new partner to the East Africa Competitions.”

“Their involvement will provide a major boost to these events which are crucial to the development of the game in the region.”

This major new development for cricket in the region will feature top players from both countries and will be aired internationally.

All the teams in the competition will carry the Crown Berger brand as will the umpires and Crown Berger will also present a trophy to the player of the tournament in each event at the live televised finals in October.

Kenya XI draw with Andhra Pradesh

Kenya deprive Andhra Pradesh of a win by forcing a draw in the first three-day match that concluded at the Simba Union ground yesterday.

On the final day, Andhra Pradesh set the hosts a target of 444 to win help of 100 from M. Prajeet and useful contributions from Jyothi Sai Krishna (37) and Ajay Kumar (25).

Kenya’s second innings got off to a positive start with Rakep Patel playing some good shots.

In the fifth over, Kenya lost opener David Obuya on the bowling of B. Sudhakar as the Kenyan score read 14/1. Opener Patel and Karan Kaul then began rebuilding, taking the score to 37/1 in 13 overs.

In the 19th over, Patel smacked B. Sudhakar for two boundaries to take the score past 50/2. In the 25th over, Patel looked to move the score along by smashing Bharath Reddy for two fours, making the score 79/2.

Patel and skipper Collins Obuya who joined him after the departure of Kaul trapped on 6 by Sudhakar played out 10 more overs, taking Kenya to 183/3 in 46 overs when the match ended and a draw had been secured.

The two teams will play two-back to back Twenty20 matches at the Nairobi Club ground.

Kenya names squad for Andhra

The Cricket Kenya selection panel has named squad that will play Indian Ranji Trophy team Andhra in the first four matches of their three week tour to Kenya.

Chairman of Selectors Alpesh Vader said, “We have a lot of cricket over the next three weeks against Andhra which is a great opportunity for new coach Mike Hesson and the new selection panel to have a look at a variety of players in the coming weeks.

“This squad will take part in the first four games and we will review the squad as the matches progress and look at giving other players, including some of our Under 19 squad, an opportunity in the later fixtures.

“Already last week we have seen some new players come in and do very well and we are looking to build a wider group of players that compete for places in the national squad.”

Kenya will play two three day games and two Twenty 20 matches starting at Simba Union on Wednesday 3rd August.

Squad

  • Collins Obuya (captain)
  • Rakep Patel
  • Alex Obanda
  • Runish Gudhka
  • Hiren Varaiya
  • Lucas Oluoch
  • Dominic Wesonga
  • Karen Kaul
  • David Obuya
  • Morris Ouma
  • Nehemiah Odhiambo
  • Nelson Odhiambo
  • James Ngoche
  • Shem Obado
  • Elijah Otieno
  • Alfred Luseno

Kennedy named Kenya national selector

Former Kenya international Kennedy Otieno Obuya has become a National Selector to complete the newly constituted Cricket Kenya National Selection panel.

The 39-year-old former wicket keeper batsmen, who played 90 one day internationals for Kenya, joins Chairman of Selectors and former team mate Alpesh Vadher and new National Coach Mike Hesson on the panel. They will be advised by National captain Collins Obuya and Cricket Kenya’s panel of elite coaches.

Kennedy Obuya said, “I am delighted to join the selection panel and work alongside my fellow selectors. This is an exciting time for Kenyan cricket with a lot of talent coming through as we look to build a squad capable of taking Cricket Kenya back up the rankings.”

Cricket Kenya Chief Executive Tom Sears said, “Kennedy has a wealth of knowledge and experience which he can offer and is still very much involved with senior league cricket in Kenya. With his knowledge of the players coming through and his coaching background he is an ideal National selector.

“We now have a panel in place to ensure we have a robust selection and talent identification programme,an area we needed to address. There is no doubt with all the qualities, experience and knowledge our new selectors have that the new Selection Panel can contribute enormously in these areas.”

The completion of the new panel follows a comprehensive review of the selection process for national teams and interviews of a wide range of candidates.

The selectors will be implementing robust selection processes for all national teams with particular emphasis on the national team, A and Under 19 squads. They will also recommend players for national contracts.