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Kenya to face Namibia in ICC opener

13 January 2015, 13:32

Nairobi - Kenya's national cricket team will take on Namibia in the ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament opener in Windhoek on Saturday.

Forming part of the World Cup Cricket League, the week-long tournament will give teams the opportunity to further their cause to qualify for the Cricket World Cup in 2019.

Joining Kenya and Namibia at the event are Netherlands, Nepal, Uganda and Canada. All six teams qualified by virtue of their results in the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers and the 2014 ICC World Cricket League Division Three.

The opening match against Namibia on their home soil could well be the toughest match of the tournament for the Kenyans.

They then face Canada at the same venue, the Wanderers, the following day.

From there, they move to the United Cricket Club to face Uganda, and then it's back to the Wanderers for their two final matches against Netherlands and Nepal.

For Kenya, it's an opportunity to move back up within the cricketing hierarchy, after they were relegated to the World Cricket League Division Two due to finishing fifth in the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers in New Zealand.

Namibia, Netherlands and Canada were also relegated to Division Two after finishing 6th, 7th and 8th respectively.

Nepal and Uganda were promoted to Division Two after finishing first and second in the 2014 World Cricket League Division Three.

The top two teams in the tournament will qualify for the 2015-17 ICC Intercontinental Cup and the 2015-17 ICC World Cricket League Championships, stepping stones towards World Cup 2019 qualification.

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