Four wickets from allrounder Sharad Vesawkar - his best List A bowling effort - and half centuries from the captain Gyanendra Malla and Dipendra Singh Airee took Nepal to a comfortable seven-wicket win against Kenya in the ICC World Cricket League match in Kirtipur.

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Kenya survived some nervy moments to defeat Nepal by five wickets in a rain-interrupted ICC World Cricket League match at TU cricket ground on Saturday.

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 Kenya are hoping to put their experience during recent tours of India to best use as they look to garner maximum points against Nepal in the upcoming ICC World Cricket League matches in Kathmandu on 11 and 13 March.

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Kenya National Cricket team Coach, Thomas Odoyo, remains optimistic that Kenya will get a good result when they play two matches against Nepal on March 11 and 13 in the World Cricket League Championship (WCLC).  

While his sentiments echoed previous ones by his star player  Irfan Karim, Odoyo insisted that he and his team are not leaving anything to chance. 

"We have a good record against Nepal, We believe we have a chance to win the upcoming matches but we are not leaving anything to chance. We have stepped up our preparations to make sure we are absolutely ready for this tie."  Said Odoyo. 

Odoyo was speaking to Kenyanstar when he also revealed that the team to take on Nepal will be named on Friday the 24th of February before leaving for India for a 10 day training camp where they are expected to several test matches.

Nepal has in the meantime named a preliminary 24 man squad for the two matches against Kenya and will travel to New Delhi in India for three practice matches.  

 

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Cricket Kenya has appointed former captain Maurice Odumbe as their batting coach ahead of the ICC World Cup league qualifier against Nepal. Odumbe, who captained the Kenya Cricket National team from 1996 to 2001 and played a key role in Kenya's three successive World Cup appearances, was suspended from cricket in 2004 after he allegedly received money from bookmakers.

The 46 year old is now set to formally join his former teammates, head coach Thomas Odoyo and deputy Lameck Onyango, to prepare for the two-match World Cricket League series against Nepal in Kirtipur on March 11 and 13. 

"Maurice Odumbe is joining us as a batting consultant to bring a fresh approach for the Nepal series. Batting is one area that the team needs to focus on more, especially after the Kenyan batsmen faltered in the last match against Hong Kong," Cricket Kenya chairman Jackie Janmohammed said.

Odumbe's apointment comes just days after Wicket Keeper Irfan Karim had named him among the greatest he has played with in his long ranging Interview with Kenyanstar

Kenya are fifth in the ICC World Cricket League and will need to win at least two of their three remaining matches to have a realistic hope of progressing to the next round of qualifiers for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England.

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The 24 Years Old Wicket Keeper Irfan Karim has expressed confidence that the Kenya National Cricket team will qualify for the 2019 ICC Cricket world cup that will be hosted by England and Wales. This is in spite of the International  Cricket Council cutting down the number of participating teams from 14 to 10. 

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Jason Roy's magnificent 162 off 118 balls, with 13 fours and three sixes, helped England canter to a six-wicket win on the Duckworth-Lewis method in the fourth One-Day International at The Oval against Sri Lanka and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-match series on Wednesday.

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England will look to the seal the five-match One-Day International series against Sri Lanka during the fourth game at The Oval in London on Wednesday (June 29).

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South Africa’s AB de Villiers has continued to lead the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for ODI Batsmen, which has seen Marsh gain six places to reach 28th. Marsh scored 154 runs in the series, including a 79 not out against the West Indies in a league game at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.

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South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada, Josh Hazlewood of Australia and West Indies captain Jason Holder have achieved career-best rankings after impressive performances in the tri-series ,according to the latest MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers.

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World champion Australia has retained its number-one ranking on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings following its 58 runs victory over the West Indies in the final of the tri-series in Barbados on Sunday, but South Africa has dropped behind India in fourth place after it failed to reach the final.

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Following a complaint made by Cricket Namibia under the ICC Anti-Racism Code during the ICC Intercontinental Cup fixture between Afghanistan and Namibia played in Greater Noida, India, from 10-12 April 2016, the ICC has announced that a confidential conciliation process has today (Monday) been successfully undertaken by relevant parties from both teams in Edinburgh, and a consensual resolution of the matter achieved.

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Australia clinched the triangular One-Day International series in the Caribbean win a 58-run victory over West Indies on Sunday  evening at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.

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England remained 1-0 up against Sri Lanka with two matches left to play after rain meant the third One-Day International in their five-match series ended in a no-result in Bristol on Sunday (June 26).

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The Tri-Series final  promises to be a tantalising game, pitting the World Cup champions against the World T20 champions.

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