T20 tour crucial for Kenya

Cricket Kenya has confirmed that its senior team will visit Zimbabwe next week for a tour that is crucial in helping them prepare for the qualifiers of next year’s International Cricket Council Twenty20 World cup. They will play two matches in Zimbabwe beginning November 15.

The Kenyans will play two top franchise club sides, Mashonaland Eagles and Midwest Rhinos, in Harare after their tour of Namibia.

“Following the completion of the East Africa Premier League these two tours will be crucial in developing our player’s skills in this format, ahead of the T20 World Cup qualifying tournament next March,” CK chairman of selectors, Alpesh Vadher said from Nairobi.

“The EAPL has shown us that our players have a lot to learn about playing Twenty20 and the more matches we can play against suitable opposition the better. The two squads selected give opportunities to a number of players to show they have the ability to make the squad next year.”

Only one Kenyan club reached the final of the East African tournament, which Vadher said revealed how much the Kenyan side needed to improve ahead of the ICC T20 next year.

Kenya has over the years played second fiddle to fellow underdogs Zimbabwe in all versions of the game. The last time the two teams met, Zimbabwe beat their counterparts in the ICC World Cup in India earlier this year.

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