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Pakistan youth take on Kenya in rare cricket meeting in Nairobi

Kenya will make a reciprocating tour to Lahore to play five 45-over matches against Pakistan ‘A’


PAKISTAN playing cricket in Kenya this weekend; a very rare happening but Pakistan High Commissioner to Kenya, Rafiuzzaman Siddiqui said on Friday that this will renew the credibility of both countries as an international match hosts.

The Kenya and Pakistan Under-19 cricket teams will play five one day matches in Nairobi beginning on Saturday. Then Kenya will travel to Lahore, Pakistan, next week to play five 45 over matches against Pakistan ‘A’.

Security concerns

In Nairobi on Friday, the Pakistan High Commissioner said: “Since 2009 we [Pakistan] have not been able to host any matches at home due to security concerns. This partnership is a way of reviving cricket at home.”

Also speaking on Friday at Nairobi Gymkhana, venue of three of the five matches in the Kenya-leg, Cricket Kenya chairperson Jackie JanMohammed said: “This tour is part of our preparations for the Africa region Under-19 World Cup qualifiers in February 2015.”

Partnership

The Pakistan Under-19 is the first representative national cricket team touring Kenyan since 2011. They are in the country as part of a partnership between Cricket Kenya and the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Kenya Under-19 coach Thomas Odoyo has 22 players in camp. There are 14 from Nairobi, six from Mombasa, and one each from Nakuru and Kakamega.

Qualifiers

“The boys are excited that they will face a high calibre team in the form of Pakistan, “said Odoyo.

“They are also aware that their performance in these matches will merit their selection to the team that will be going for the qualifiers in February.”

SQUADS:

Kenya U-19 – Aman Gandhi, Atharva Tembhekar, Dennis Musyoka, Gautam Bhudia, Gurdeep Singh, Kavi Dosaja, Michael Nandwa, Mikunj Patel, Nischay Kerai, Rahul Seedhar, Shyam Rabadiya, Snehil Gajparia, Paramveer Singh, Sachin Bhudia, James Butatila, Arjun Patel, Adarsh Sawjani, Dev Hirani, Mohamed Kalyan, Pritesh Hirani, Haraj Singh

Coach –Thomas Odoyo

Pakistan U-19 – Saud Shakeel (captain), Imran Rafiq (vice-captain), Sajawal Riaz, Zeeshan Malik, Yousaf Baber, Aqib Javed, Muhammad Shahid Khan, Kamran Afzal, Shahbaz Javed (wicketkeeper), Awais Iqbal,            Mohammad Shahabul Khan, Saif Ali Ghauri, Asif Mehmood, Ahmad Bashir, Mohammed Mubashir

Management:

Javet Hayat – (Head Coach)

Iqbal Imam – (Assistant Coach)

Abdul Raqeeb – (Team Manager)

Muhammad Javed – (Trainer)

Adeel Bajwa – (Physiotherapist)

KENYA U-19 v PAKISTAN U-19:

Match schedule:

1st One Day:

Saturday, December 6 2014:

At Nairobi Gymkhana, 9.30am

2nd One Day:

Sunday, Dec 7:

At Nairobi Gymkhana, 9.30am

3rd One Day:

Tuesday, Dec 9:

At Nairobi Jaffreys Club [Lavington], 9.30am

4th One Day:

Thursday, Dec 11:

At Sir Ali Muslim Club, 9.30am

5th One Day:

Friday, Dec 12:

At Nairobi Gymkhana, 9.30am

– Additional reporting by Daniel Wahome