Opinion: Kenya not looking too bad….
My ideal Kenya team at the momment would be the following:
Otieno, Kamande, Tony Suji, Tikolo, Modi, Mishra, Collins Obuya, Odoyo, Ngoche ,Ongondo, Hiren Variya
Tony Suji is included for the lack of anyone else. If Ravindu Shah was fit, I would open with him, and drop Kamande down to the number 3 slot. That would be a fair Kenya team, one that would realistically think about upsetting either England or New Zealand in their world cup encounter. With this team, the bowling options would be Tikolo, Variya, Ongondo, Ngoche and Odoyo….. with Obuya and Kamande doing a bit if the sixth bowler was needed…..
If Ravindu does not get fit, Maurice Ouma should also be tried. I looked at him briefly in the 2004 Champions trophy and he looked good with scores of 49 v India and 23 v Pakistan. Brijal Patel, who I once saw play Shane Warne better than most Pakistan players, is perhaps over the hedge now, and is unable to get into the groove of his former self…… But it looks like 1 batsman is severly needed by Kenya to remove the chinks in the armour…..
In the bowling department, there is no one else at the momment who is useful… Martin Suji, if he were to become fit again can be used…. but Luseno was not what the hype about him was…..
Mishra, Ngoche and Variya have all come in the limelight in the last year or so…… that is why Kenya may still be ok…… 3 players breaking into the national team is a good rate…….. though, these players are yet to prove themselves world class against Test opposition, I think they will be a handful against Bangaldesh in the upcoming series…… Tikolo is still the key, and I feel that Kenya will be in with a chance as long as he is in the team, even if there is nothing coming up from the U19s