Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Revamped Zimbabwe XI host Kenya

A much-revamped Zimbabwe XI will host Kenya in an ICC Intercontinental Cup fixture in Kwekwe on Wednesday. Zimbabwe have made seven changes to the side that drew their previous game against Afghanistan in Mutare, and the most notable absence is Tatenda Taibu, who starred with a century in each innings.

Taibu - who's playing domestic cricket in Zimbabwe - had led Zimbabwe XI in their opening game, and has been replaced by opener Vusi Sibanda. The other six inclusions are Chamu Chibabha, Gregory Strydom, Kyle Jarvis, Ed Rainsford, John Nyumbu and Samuel Mwakayeni.

Kenya have recalled seamer Ragheb Aba to the squad after more than a year's absence. Aba replaces Seren Waters, who is unavailable due to study commitments in England. Kenya retain a familiar line-up with Maurice Ouma leading them, and will bank on the experience of Steve Tikolo - also playing domestic cricket in Zimbabwe - along with Thomas Odoyo and Alex Obanda.

Zimbabwe find themselves at sixth place in the Intercontinental Cup, having played just one game, while their opponents Kenya have fared better, placed at No.2 after their 247-run win over Canada in King City in August.

Kenya then play a five-match ODI series with Zimbabwe between October 12-18 in Harare.

ZIMBABWE XI (squad): Vusi Sibanda (capt), Friday Kasteni, Chamu Chibabha, Gregory Strydom, Forster Mutizwa, Regis Chikabvha, Timycen Maruma, Kyle Jarvis, Shingirai Masakadza, Ed Rainsford, John Nyumbu, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Samuel Mwakayemi.

KENYA (squad): Maurice Ouma (capt), Rageb Aga, Steve Tikolo, David Obuya, Rakep Patel, Alex Obanda, Collins Oduya, Nehimiah Odhiambo, Thomas Odoyo, Jimmy Kamande, Eligah Otieno, Lameck Onyango, Alfred Luseno, Peter Ogondo, Hiren Varalya.

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