Kenya Likely to face tough competition in T20 World Cup qualifiers in Dubai
The long wait for qualifying for T20 Cricket World Cup, Kenya met with headwinds having grouped with two top-ranked countries, Scotland and the Netherlands for Word Cup T20 Qualifiers in Dubai. The two teams were European stakes in the previous qualifying event and return to find another ticket to the final in 2020, to play in Adelaide, Australia. Others in the child group Namibia, Bermuda, Papua New Guinea and Singapore, reported the Xinhua news agency.
However, head coach Maurice Odumbe is still an example. The Kenya team, which has not started training due to administrative and fund issues, create a strong team to compete for the top spots and make their first show at the T20 World Cup.
“An easy group not expected at this stage of the competition. It’s a tough group that we have to play, be competitive and do whatever it takes for the twist,” Odumbe said Wednesday in Nairobi. “We have a difficult goal and Kenya must be at its best if we want to outlive the group parties.”
Scotland, which is the top-ranked team in the 14-team tournament, will face Singapore in the first match in Dubai, while the Netherlands will face Kenya later in the same spot.
Coach Odumbe said he is working on batting and team field, which is key before his departure to Dubai.
“We need to change our field and our batting lineup. Our bowlers should know that there is no time to start a change of anything and that the field should be correct,” he said.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 Men’s World Cup qualifier to held at the United United Majors from October 18 to November 2.