NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan cricket coach Maurice Odumbe hopes to stop
his team’s free fall as they take on Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania
in the the upcoming East Africa ICC World T20 qualifiers in
After a poor showing
in Harare, Zimbabwe in April, Odumbe has recalled bowler Elijah
Otieno back in the squad after he fell out with Cricket Kenya
management over contract and discipline issues.
But he is expected
to be the steel around which Odumbe will tie the silver lining
of his young squad. Otieno was meant to be part of Kenya’s team
to Zimbabwe in April, but missed out.
Otieno will replace
Another player to
have been dropped is 19-year-old batsman Thomas Ochieng, while
wicket-keeper Irfan Karim has failed to travel with the squad,
forcing Odumbe to recall Rushab Patel.
The tournament will
be played as part of the 2020 ICC World Twenty20 qualification
and will also mark the first time that Rwanda will be hosting an
International Cricket Council (ICC) tournament.
tourney will start with Kenya playing Uganda on Saturday and
will end on July 15.
The round robin
tourney will see the best two teams compete at the Africa
Regional Finals, to be held in 2019.
The regional ICC
World T20 qualifiers tournament in Rwanda is one of the three
African sub-regional events, along with the north-western sub
region qualifiers (staged in Nigeria) and the southern sub
region qualifiers to be held in Botswana.
The top two teams in
each of the three groups will advance to the Africa’s finals
tournament, which will determine two countries that will compete
at the 2020 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier.
The ICC in a release
said that in general, there will be 12 regional qualifiers
across the world, with 62 teams competing during 2018 in five
regions - Africa (3 groups), Americas (2), Asia (2), East Asia
Pacific (2) and Europe (3).
The top 25 sides
from these will then contest five regional finals in 2019, with
eight teams then going on to compete in the 2020 ICC World
Twenty20 Qualifier, along with the six lowest ranked sides from
the current ICC T20 Championship.