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Ouma resigns, Kamande to take over

Wed, Oct 6, 2010 11:12 AM

Ouma resigns, Kamande to take over

Morris Ouma steps down as Kenya captain
Wicket keeper batsman Morris Ouma has resigned from his position as captain of the Kenya team with immediate effect.

The 27 year old made his decision following Kenya's 167 run defeat to Afghanistan in the ICC Intercontinental Cup. Vice-captain Jimmy Kamande, 31, will take over the captaincy starting with a 50 over international against Afghanistan at Nairobi Gymkhana on Thursday 7th October.

Cricket Kenya Chief Executive Tom Sears said: 'We respect Morris's decision to stand down after what has been a difficult period and would like to thank him for his efforts.

'We are confident that in Jimmy Kamande we have a captain who can take the squad forward and start producing the results we know our players are capable of.'

Morris Ouma said: 'I feel this is the right decision for myself as a player but more importantly for the squad. I have given the role everything and have been very proud to captain my country but the time is now right for someone else to take on the challenge and lead us to the success we know we can achieve.'

Meanwhile, Cricket Kenya has named a 14 man squad to play in the three-match One-Day International series against Afghanistan at Nairobi Gymkhana starting on 7 October and continuing on 9 and 1 October.

Kenya coach Eldine Baptiste said: 'While we were very disappointed with the result in the four day match against Afghanistan we showed some signs of what we can achieve as a team. We had spells where we bowled exceptionally well and some of the batsman produced good innings. What we need to do is achieve consistency, improve in all areas and see our top order batsmen go on to make the big match winning scores we need.

'With a new captain in Jimmy Kamande leading the side I fully expect this will give us a fresh start and a new impetus and we can start producing the wins we are capable of.'

Team: Jimmy Kamande (captain), Seren Waters, David Obuya, Collins Obuya, Steve Tikolo, Rakep Patel, Morris Ouma, Ragheb Aga,Thomas Odoyo, Nehemiah Odhiambo, James Ngoche, Hiren Varaiya, Elijah Otieno, Nelson Odhiambo.

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