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  • Kenya reach Pakistan for five-game tour - Wisden India
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">DAWN.comKenya reach Pakistan for five-game tourWisden IndiaThe Kenyan cricket team arrived in Lahore amid tight security on Wednesday (December 10), becoming the first non-Asian visitors to Pakistan in more than five years. Kenya are set to play five one-day matches against a second-string Pakistani team while ...
  • Zia-ul-Haq routs Kenya for 51 -
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">ESPNcricinfo.comZia-ul-Haq routs Kenya for 51ESPNcricinfo.comThere is simply no contest. As I said before this tour is more of political nature then Cricket. Defeats are okay provided they go down fighting or even give some competition. Look at the scores: It tells the story of sad state of the game in Kenya ...
  • Saeed Ajmal back in action, takes 1/23 for Pakistan A against Kenya - Zee News
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">ESPNcricinfo.comSaeed Ajmal back in action, takes 1/23 for Pakistan A against KenyaZee NewsLahore: Suspended off-spinner, Saeed Ajmal returned to match action with a remodelled action as he ended with decent figures of 1/23 in six overs in Pakistan A's 118-run win over touring Kenyan cricket team in a practice game, here. "I was playing in a ...Saeed Ajmal returns to action, eyes World CupThe Indian ExpressAjmal back in action, takes 1/23 for Pakistan A against KenyaBusiness StandardSaeed Ajmal: I'm 100% sure about getting clearedSport360° -Daily Timesall 134 news articles »
  • Rohit Sharma: Target of undeserved criticism - Sportskeeda
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">SportskeedaRohit Sharma: Target of undeserved criticismSportskeedaPeople who have never played the game at the highest level cannot understand what it is like to play Test cricket for your country. Among those who have, no one understands the value of Test Cricket as much as Rohit. Rohit made his Test debut after ...
  • Pakistan cricketer Saeed Ajmal: I'm 100% sure about getting cleared - Sport360°
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">Sport360°Pakistan cricketer Saeed Ajmal: I'm 100% sure about getting clearedSport360°Banned spinner and still number one bowler in One-Day International (ODI) rankings Saeed Ajmal has said that it feels great to be able to play in competitive match after three months as he took one wicket against Kenya while playing for Pakistan at the ...
  • David Leggat: This was a game that should not have been played - New Zealand Herald
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">ESPNcricinfo.comDavid Leggat: This was a game that should not have been playedNew Zealand HeraldPakistan lasted hosted top flight international cricket when Sri Lanka visited in 2009, a trip cut short by a terror attack on the tourists' team bus in Lahore. Pakistan A's game against Kenya in Lahore was put back 24 hours, as was its women's ...
  • Pakistan A thrash Kenya, thanks to Sharjeel's century - Cricket World
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">Cricket WorldPakistan A thrash Kenya, thanks to Sharjeel's centuryCricket WorldAfter opener Sharjeel Khan scored a century, Pakistan A thrashed Kenya by 155 runs in the 45 overs match, as they outclassed the African team in all three fields of the game. Sharjeel's fellow opener Sami Aslam scored only 19 off 50 balls, but Sharjeel ...
  • Major Match Awards 2017-2019 -
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;"> Match Awards Clarke, the ECB chairman, said that these awards are significant in ensuring the long term financial health of the game in England and Wales. He added: "The Board commissioned international consulting firm Deloitte to examine very carefully the ...and more »
  • Cricket-Pakistan on edge as Kenya arrive in Lahore - Yahoo News UK
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">Cricket-Pakistan on edge as Kenya arrive in LahoreYahoo News UK... cricket and gives us a great opportunity to give exposure to our new players," said Ngoche. Kenya, once regulars at the ICC World Cup, have struggled in recent years and failed to qualify for the 2015 tournament. They play their opening game in ...
  • Ajmal to represent Pakistan A against Kenya today - Daily Times
    acing="7" style="vertical-align:top;">Ajmal to represent Pakistan A against Kenya todayDaily TimesThe match will be his first after imposition of a bowling ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Ajmal was suspended from bowling by the ICC due to his illegal action which is below 15 degree. But since the Kenya games do not hold ...

Kenya ICC World Cup 2011 Profile

Kenyan national cricket team
Kenyan national cricket team

History of Kenyan cricket

Kenya has been one of those cricketing nations who have time and again been very close to being awarded the Test match membership. Unfortunately for Kenya, their on-field performances have dipped at inopportune moments and issues associated with match-fixing, payment disputes and in-fighting within the cricket board have put paid to their chances. Earlier, they had played in the 1975 World Cup but as a part of two other countries – Uganda and Tanzania – to form East Africa. Later, in 1994 they ended second in the ICC Trophy to qualify for the 1996 World Cup and haven’t looked back since.


Road to qualification

Kenya, by virtue of being a part of the previous World Cup in 2007 in the West Indies had gained automatic entry into the final 12 stage of the qualifiers and were led by Steve Tikolo in the qualifiers. They were placed in the Group B along with Netherlands, UAE, Afghanistan, Bermuda and Denmark and after losing their first game to the Dutch side, went on to win the remaining four to top the group. In the Super Eights, they finished second in the group with four wins and qualified for the final and for the 2011 World Cup.


Kenya’s experience at playing much more international cricket than most of the other Associates and Affiliates is their biggest strength. They also rely a lot on their spinners given the number of expatriates that are settled in the country. The reliance on spin will ensure that the side will be able to garner a little advantage out of the sub-continent wickets.


The in-fighting has led the board to suspend a few players and the talent cupboard has looked barren over the previous few months. Expecting them to spring a surprise will probably be expecting a little too much.


Kenya’s best opportunity will be to beat Zimbabwe and Canada and hope for a miracle to be able to overcome some of the other top-nations in their group.


One gets the sense that a loss to Zimbabwe and more so to Canada will break their morale totally and could be a sign of things to come.

Previous Record

Their best record in the 2003 World Cup when a combination of freak results, good cricket and luck led Kenya to the semi-finals where they lost to India. Sandeep Patil was the coach of the side and achieved an excellent result for the team. Unfortunately, the same was not replicated in 2007 when they crashed out in the 1st round with just a win over Canada to show.

Expected Captain

Jimmy Kamande will lead the side in place of Tikolo who had a fall-out with the cricket board. While Tikolo will continue to play, Kamande should captain the team through to the World Cup.

Players to look out for

Despite all the issues, Tikolo will be the one player to watch out for. Collins Obuya, whose bowling was instrumental in getting the side to the semi-finals in 2003 will now look to star with the bat.