Kenya Cricket Captain Collins Obuya has withdrawn from the travelling team for this year’s International Cricket Championships (ICC) World League Division Three Campaign set for Friday in Oman.
The middle order batsman and leg-break bowler Obuya who was named the captain will miss the Emarat Cricket Stadium Show who cited personal commitments as the team is set flew out of the country on Tuesday.
Obuya’s elder sibling, David, who is also the Cricket Kenya Interim Committee (CKIC) secretary Wednesday said: “It took me by surprise when I learnt that Collins, who had been named captain of the side, had decided not to travel to Oman.”
When asked why he dropped from the side, Collins was evasive simply saying that he had pressing personal commitments in Nairobi.
Collins was replaced in the squad by Narendra Patel, a dependable batsman who turns out for Kanbis in the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association Super Division.
Collins’ position as team captain will be filled by vice-captain, Dhiren Gondaria, Kenya’s number three batsman. Gondaria will be assisted by his club mate, Rakep Patel, who resigned in February after the debacle in Namibia, where Kenya failed to register a single win in the ICC World Cricket League Division Two to be relegated to Division Three.
Collins is one of the most experienced players in the side. He was first capped during the 2003 ICC World Cup. He shocked Sri Lanka’s batsmen when he took five wickets for 24 runs conceded in his 10 overs bowling spell at the Nairobi Gymkhana. Kenya, an ICC affiliate member (210 for 9 in 50 overs) beat Test playing Sri Lanka (156 all out in 45 overs) by 53 runs.
Friday: Kenya v Oman
Monday: Kenya v USA
Tuesday: Kenya v Uganda
November 16: Kenya v Singapore
November 18: Kenya v Denmar
Source: Daily Nation