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Kenya are keen to advance to the 2018 World Cup qualifiers when they face Scotland in the ICC World Cricket League at Dubai International Cricket Stadium today. The 14-man squad, led by skipper Rakep Patel, is currently fifth on the log with 12 points and risk relegation to Division Three.
The national team had two build-up matches against USA and Nepal last week to gauge their level of preparedness ahead of the third-placed side but both matches did not go well for them. However, head coach Thomas Odoyo is confident of a good result. “We have a positive mindset and my players are ready for the task.
It is now down to basics and working on how to execute our strategy,” Odoyo told People Sport on phone yesterday. He is, however, unfazed by the two losses in the friendly ties, saying they played under difficult conditions thus it would be premature to know how the ground felt.
“The wickets were crazy against the two sides but the important thing is that we have in mind the combinations to use in this important fixture,” added Odoyo, who could make some changes on the order particularly at the top to shore up run scores.
The batting area has caused lots of challenges to the team in recent times and Odoyo expects improvements and more responsibility from the players.
“There must be commitment and discipline so that we avoid collapsing. It is an area we have lacked consistency in so against the Scots we need to improve,” said Odoyo, who also heaped praise on resurgent opener Alex Obanda urging him to be smarter with his shot selection.
Meanwhile, the technical bench is still torn between including fringe players Emmanuel Bundi and Peter Koech or leave them out all together. The youngsters could spearhead the bowling responsibilities given their rapid development.