International Cricket is back to Nairobi after a nine years hiatus. This will be the first time Kenya is hosting an International Cricket Council (ICC) event since July 2011 when they hosted United Arab Emirates in the ICC Intercontinental Cup and the World Cricket League matches. The country had failed to host international matches due to insecurity.
Kenya will play Hong Kong at the Nairobi Gymkhana the home of Kenya cricket on Friday 18th and Sunday, 20th November, in the 4th round of International Cricket Council World Cricket League Championship. The top four countries in the World Cricket League will qualify to play in the 2018 world cup qualifiers.
Kenya is currently 5th in the league standing with 6points, 3 points behind 4th placed Hong Kong. If Kenya wins both matches,they will add 4points taking them to 4th position. Hong Kong on the other hand can go to third in they beat the hosts in a qhite wash.
The Kenya team is banking on the Inclusion of Alex Obanda who is making a comeback after missing the third round of the ICC World Cricket League Championship (WCLC). Coming straight from a successful Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) season, Obanda will be tasked to set a solid base for the rest of the Batsmen. His blistering attitude and Irfan Karim consistency will be something to watch. In the absence of Elijah Otieno experienced Nehemiah Odhiambo and Nelson “Mandela” Odhiambo will lead the pace attack with Shem Ngoche commanding the turn.
Hong Kong is coming to this match straight from a 2-1 ODI win against PNG and will heavily rely on the leadership of 24-year-old Babar Hayat. This will be his first time oversees assignment as captain. The Inclusion of Hong Kong born Perth Western Australia based batsman and pace bowler Christie Kyle is something to watch and on the other hand could be a pressure reliever ingredient for Babar Hayat.
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