Kenya not overawed by Champions Trophy draw
Published: Wednesday, December 3, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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India grouped with Pak in Champions Trophy
Nairobi: Kenyan cricket officials said they were not intimidated by the challenge of facing India and Pakistan in next year's International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy in England. The East African nation, which hosted the championship in 2000, have been drawn to play the two Asian rivals in Pool Three of the group matches scheduled to be held between September 10 to 25. "India and Pakistan are among the four top teams in the world. They may be the tigers of cricket, but on any given day, the best team wins," Kenya captain Steve Tikolo said. "We have played India many times, including the 2000 Knockout Trophy and in the semi- final of the World Cup in South Africa early this year. We have had our share of victories and losses against them," Tikolo said. "We played Pakistan in three matches of the PSO tournament in Nairobi last year and we were unlucky not to have won one of the games, which we stood a good chance of winning." Kenya has been invited to tour the Caribbean early next year for a series of build- up matches. The two-month-long tour, which has been organised by the West Indies Cricket Board starts on January 3.