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fwullah
August 17, 2002, 03:55 AM
Sports Review
Saturday, August 17, 2002
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Bangladesh tour fitting preview for triangular
By RICHARD MWANGI
The tour of Bangladesh 'A' that opens today with a three-day match against Kenya Cricket Association (KCA) XI at the Aga Khan Sports Club comes at the right time for the hosts.

Kenya is preparing to stage a high profile triangular tournament also involving Australia, and Pakistan from August 29 to September 7.

Australia and Pakistan were finalists in the 1999 World Cup in England with the Aussies carrying the day.

Bangladesh has brought some youthful players who made one day international debuts in Sri Lanka early this month.

It was in Sri Lanka where Bangladesh suffered their worst defeat in one day cricket after Sri Lanka's pace bowlers sent the crashing to their lowest ever total: 76 all out.

Their previous lowest score was 87 against Pakistan two years ago.

On paper, Kenya is a far more superior side than the touring Bangladesh 'A'. In April, Kenya beat 'A' teams of both Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe which were supposed to be stronger than Bangladesh 'A' .

This was during the emerging nations tournament held in Namibia.

The championship was organised by Bob Woolmer, the International Cricket Council's high performance manager preparing non-test playing nations for next year's World Cup.

South Africa are hosting the World Cup and have allocated six matches to Zimbabwe and two to Kenya.

Although Kenya is not expected to take any chances against the tourists, they will preserve their energy for the tri-nations series which starts on August 29.

Kenya played Bangladesh for the first time in 1994 during the semi-finals of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Trophy held in Nairobi.

Then Bangladesh was ranked higher than Kenya although the two teams had shared third position in 1990 during the ICC trophy held in Netherlands.

After the last ball of the match was bowled and victory went Kenya's way, bloody riots were reported to have erupted in Dhaka where the match was broadcast live on television.

Kenya and the United Arab Emirates eventually qualified for the 1996 World Cup co-hosted by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

At the World Cup, Kenya caused a major upset when they stunned the pre-match favourites West Indies whom they beat by 73 runs.

They had also stretched Zimbabwe and were on course for another upset before weather conditions forced the rescheduling of the match with Zimbabwe recovering to win.

Kenya's other impressive performance at the World Cup was against Australia.

After putting Australia under immense pressure, Kenya let their opponents off the hook after a 17-year-old Thomas Odoyo dropped a crucial catch swinging the game to Australia's favour.

Since the ICC Centenary tournament in 1996 brokered by Sharad Ghai's Media Plus Sports Limited, Kenya has played in several high profile tournaments.

The two teams were accorded a one day international status by the ICC same year in June and three years later, Bangladesh was elevated to join the big fish in the prestigious Test status while Kenya remained an associate member of

Source:

http://www.nationaudio.com/News/DailyNation/Today/Sports/Sp_Review7.html

Orpheus
August 17, 2002, 04:30 AM
Paper (logic) - Bangladesh 'A' is gonna poop against Kenya....

Believe (from heart/support) - We are coming! WATCH OUT!!

Too bad for kenya - they should have gotten test status before Bangladesh. The Domestic Infrastructure ain't good enough - my A$$. They could atleast survive 10 years with the players they have. By that time many more 17 years old thomas odoyo gonna come.

Tehsin
August 17, 2002, 01:30 PM
Bangladesh A did poop against the Kenyan (NATIONAL) Cricket Assoc. side. 452 for 6 at stumps ? *sigh*
We have what, seven bowlers in the injury list now ? Still, that isn't a good enough excuse to play this bad.