Kenya cricket team head coach David Obuya is geared up for the upcoming five-match T20I series against Nepal, which gets underway on August 25 at the Nairobi Gymkhana. The sport is all set to return to the country after a gap of three years. The last time Kenya hosted an international engagement was in 2019 against Hong Kong.
The upcoming games will provide a great platform for the cricketers to present themselves as the sport seeks to gain mileage in the country. Kenya will be led by Shem Ngoche. They have a few experienced cricketers in their ranks, who are well capable of causing upsets.
David Obuya is excited about the upcoming series and is hopeful of collecting a few important points that can help them take significant jumps in the ICC T20 Rankings.
“I’m fully focused on the T20. This will be a full international outing recognized by the world cricket governing body, the ICC,” the former right-handed wicket-keeper told Sports Desk.
“The T20 will be a first-class game since Nepal have come with their top-ranked players and I have planned to field only the seniors and experienced charges in this challenge. If we beat Nepal then we will get more points and this will improve Kenya’s ICC ranking since our opponents are highly placed at position 13 in the T20 and 19 in the ODI globally,” he added.
“I will blend about six to seven boys with the seniors” – David Obuya
David Obuya plans to field a balanced side with a good blend of experienced and youth players. He has also called some experienced cricketers to strengthen his batting unit.
“I will blend about six to seven boys with the seniors and the experienced players on a day-to-day basis to give the new call-ups exposure. This is the reason I have brought in Nehemiah Odhiambo (Swamibapa SC), Nelson Odhiambo (Kanbis SC) and Lucas Oluoch (Nairobi Gymkhana) to beef up the team because of their experience. I have planned to use the trio as all round bowlers so they can strengthen our batting towards the end,” he concluded.