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Kenya confident of a successful U19 Div 1 event: Vice captain

Mon, Aug 9, 2010 3:41 PM

Kenya vice-captain, Raj Shikotra, is confident of his team's chances in the upcoming ICC Africa U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier (CWCQ) Division 1 in Windhoek, Namibia to be held from 29 August - 5 September.

Along with the hosts and Kenya, the eight-team tournament will also feature Botswana, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia competing for a qualification spot in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2011.

The team has been preparing hard to improve on its fitness levels for the competition and has been involved in a series of matches against teams from its region for exposure to different situations.

Shikotra said: "We are confident that all departments of our batting, bowling and fielding will complement each other for a better performance. We need resilience amongst us to be able to pull through and while we are aware that other teams have also trained well, if we stick to our game plan, we can have a successful performance."

"Bowling and fielding have been our dominant factors and key to winning us games. Our medium pacers have been economical in restricting the flow of runs while the spinners have been picking important wickets. However, despite a strong line-up, our batting seems to be our weakness at this stage and we need to improve on this."

"We have met some of our regional counterparts within East Africa in recent matches involving their national sides and our team. Apart from this, we don't have knowledge of other teams especially in the Southern block of the continent," he added.

Shuikotra dreams of the day when the team will participate in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. "Since my days as a young boy, I have been inspired by my older friends who have represented Kenya at the U19 level. The current event is the stepping stone to the next level and our route to playing in the World Cup, which would be a big opportunity for myself and the rest of the team."

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