Kenya skipper ready for WT20 qualifiers

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Kenya captain Collins Obuya is confident of qualifying for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next year, and is looking forward to the qualifying tournament taking place in the UAE later this month.

Kenya captain Collins Obuya is confident of qualifying for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next year, and is looking forward to the qualifying tournament taking place in the UAE later this month.

The Kenya players have been warming up for the event by playing in Sri Lanka, adjusting to the turning decks they'll encounter across the UAE, and have also recalled veterans like Steve Tikolo and Thomas Odoyo.

Obuya told the ICC website: "The preparation for the qualifier has been very good, as we have been playing with Sri Lanka A in Sri Lanka, and using our time there to adjust to slow pitches. It's definitely been very good for the team.

"Every game that we play will be important to us and every team we face will play differently. We will just try to keep it simple and concentrate on our own game in order to qualify for Bangladesh in 2014."

Kenya will have to compete against Afghanistan, The Netherlands, Scotland, Bermuda, Denmark, Nepal and Papua New Guinea (PNG) in group B, but the Obuya feels his players are well suited to the format, given their age range.

The skipper added: "I think with the talent we have in our team and how our players like to express themselves, the Twenty20 format is really suited to the Kenyan team.

"It's always good to have Steve Tikolo and Thomas Odoyo in the team because they bring a lot of experience and confidence to the side, and the younger guys can learn from them."

<b>Kenya</b>: Collins Obuya (capt), Ragheb Aga, Duncan Allan, Dhiren Gondaria, Irfan Karim, Shem Ngoche, Alex Obanda, Thomas Odoyo, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Nelson Odhiambo, Elijah Otieno, Morris Ouma, Rakep Patel, Steve Tikolo, Hiren Varaiya

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