Thatscricket - News - Kenya will be tough to beat, says Harper
Published: Thursday, August 2, 2001, 0:00 [IST]
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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Nairobi: The West Indies is expecting Kenya to provide tough opposition as the Caribbean side continues its African tour here, coach Roger Harper said on his team's arrival on Wednesday from Zimbabwe.However, he was wary of the unpredictability of the Kenyans, who caused a sensation in the 1996 World Cup by beating his team in Pune, India."It may be young in cricket, but Kenya is a very competitive team. I don't have to think very far back to the experience we had against them in the 1996 World Cup," said Harper, who was part of the West Indies that lost by 73 runs to the East African debutants."We expect to have a very competitive tour here and we expect to play our best and more so at the end of the African tour, we will say we have become a better team," Harper said.Experienced batsman Brian Lara, vice captain Ridley Jacobs and fast bowler Cameroon Cuffy are either injured or taking a rest after their tour of Zimbabwe, but the West Indies has recalled young Trinidadian left-arm spinner David Mohammed for the Kenyan tour.The tourists, the first Test side to tour Kenya in nearly 40 years, will play two four-day games and three One-day Internationals against the hosts.