Cricket coach upbeat despite World Cup failure
03 October 2013, 13:06
Nairobi - Despite the failure of his side to qualify for the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup 2015, coach Robin Brown, says the experience gained during the qualifiers bode well for the team's success in the future.
Kenya slumped to yet another defeat in the qualifiers on Wednesday, losing by eight wickets to Afghanistan in the first of their two One Day Internationals in the crucial, final round of the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Championship at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.
Brown was philosophical about his side's loss, saying that the final round encounters were good experience for his young side as it builds for the future.
"It is still really a young side, and a bit inexperienced. We have got a very good development programme coming through. The Board assists them, so I think there is room for improvement, but I think it is definitely working," he said after the match.
"We will try and do the United Arab Emirates a favour on Friday by trying to spoil the party for Afghanistan!" said Brown.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan is just one win away from direct qualification to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015after defeating Kenya.
Hamid Hassan returned match figures of four for 19 as Kenya, opting to bat first, was bowled out for 89 in 37.5 overs. In turn, Nawroz Mangal belted three fours and four sixes in a 60-ball 52, and Mohammad Shahzad scored a 41-ball 33 as Afghanistan achieved victory for the loss of two wickets inside 18 overs.
The two openers put on 79 runs for the first wicket in just over 16 overs.
The win moves Afghanistan to within striking distance of the crucial second spot in the competition, only one point behind the United Arab
Emirates (UAE) and the Netherlands.
The second and final ODI will be played on Friday, also at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, and will start at 0900 local time (0500 GMT). If Afghanistan wins that match, it will climb to 19 points, secure second position behind Ireland and qualify for its maiden World Cup.
Kenya are sixth in the eight-team log after winning eight matches and losing five.
- CAJ News