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Thatscricket - News - Kenya embark on maiden Calypso crusade

Published: Friday, January 2, 2004, 21:56 [IST]
 
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Nairobi:The Kenya cricket team left for a tour of the West Indies, their first overseas tour since the Sharjah Cup in the United Arab Emirates last April.

"It's going to be a great tour for us since we will play in all the Carribean islands during the eight weeks," said new coach Andy Moles on Friday.

The Kenyans will start their campaign in the Carib Beer series (formerly known as Busta Cup), against the West Indies 'A' team at St. Kitts, Antigua on January 9.

Their next match will be against the Leeward Islands on January 16 before meeting the Brian Lara-led Trinidad and Tobago a week later.

The team, which includes three Junior players, will be without the country's top bowler Thomas Odoyo, who underwent a knee operation in December.

"I'm sad to have to miss the tour but I have to save my future career," said Odoyo. "I hope Alfred Luseno (one of the three youngsters) who takes my place in the team will be a good replacement and will learn a lot during the tour."

The other members of the team are skipper Steve Tikolo, Martin Suji (vice-captain), Maurice Odumbe, Ravindu Shah, Kennedy Obuya, Hitesh Modi, Collins Obuya, Peter Ongondo, Brijal Patel, Lamech Onyango, Francis Otieno, Maurice Ouma and Rageb Aga.

afp.com

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