Kenyan coach confident ahead of Sri Lanka match

Published: Tuesday, February 18, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Nairobi: Kenyan coach Sandeep Patil said on Monday he was disappointed New Zealand refused to play a World Cup match in Kenya despite Nairobi's assurance that its security was guaranteed.

"It's sad that they cannot come here. The Kenya Cricket Association (KCA) and the government have worked hard to make sure their grievances were addressed," said Patil. "We have tried our best, but I can't talk about their judgment.

I respect their judgment," Patil, a former India Test star told reporters when the team arrived from South Africa. Patil, fresh from his team's four-wicket win over Canada at the weekend said he will "take one game at a time". He said his team respected Sri Lanka, the 1996 World Cup champions. Kenya will play Sri Lanka at the Nairobi Gymkana on February 24. "We have to stay focused and positive, but we have to realise also that it (Sri Lanka) is a giant team," Patil said.

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