Ravindu Shah out of Sharjah Cup

NAIROBI March 30. Opener Ravindu Shah is among three experienced players from the World Cup missing from the Kenyan team for the Sharjah Cup tournament starting in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week, cricket officials said on Sunday.

Shah, who hit 46 against Australia in the Super Six phase of the World Cup, is unavailable for the trip, according to Asif Padamshi, the Kenya Cricket Association chief selector. Veteran off-spinner Asif Karim and Alpesh Vadher, who both came out of retirement to play in the World Cup in South Africa, have decided to exit the sport again.

Selectors have included two members of the National under-19 team, Alfred Luseno and Maurice Ouma. Strike bowler Jimmy Kamande, who was dropped from the World Cup squad, has been recalled.

Nipun Patel has been named manager, while the UAE has agreed to loan their coach, Abdi Ali, to the Kenyans for the duration of the tournament.

The team: Steve Tikolo (Capt.), Maurice Odumbe, Hitesh Modi, Brijal Patel, Martin Suji, Tony Suji, Thomas Odoyo, Kennedy Obuya, Joseph Angara, Peter Ogondo, David Obuya, Collins Obuya, Jimmy Kamande, Alfred Luseno, Maurice Ouma. — AFP

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