Kenya provide reason to ICC to cut down on teams in WC

Updated: Feb 20, 2011, 18:00 PM IST

Chennai: The gap between the Test playing nations and the Associate members was on stark display on Sunday after Kenya suffered a 10-wicket mauling at the hands of New Zealand in their World Cup opener, apparently giving ICC the
justification to have only ten teams instead of 14 from next edition of the showpiece event.

Kenya captain Jimmy Kamande found it difficult to answer when asked about ICC`s move to exclude second-string nations from the 2015 edition of the 50-over World Cup after the African team were sent packing for their lowest World Cup total of 69 in just 23.5 overs before the Kiwis overhauled the paltry target in eight overs here.

It was the fifth lowest score in the history of World Cup and the match lasted less than a third of what a full cricket one-dayer would have been.

"It`s for ICC to decide to play 10 teams or 15. The disappointing thing is we get to play a Test team once around every two years or so. The more we play against these guys, the better you become. That`s need to be understand.”

"We play another Test-playing nation Pakistan next. I would be happy as long as we improve each and every game," said Kamande.

The vanquished Kenyan captain said he would not blame his players for their meek surrender and hoped to deliver some good performances as the tournament progresses.

"We didn`t express ourselves. The young boys were nervous. The two young lads who opened (Seren Waters and Alex Obanda) were a bit nervous. Collins Obuya was positive and we were gaining momentum but quick wickets in the middle set us
back.”

"In the next few games, we will deliver some good performances. The good thing is that this is done. It`s out of the way," he said.

Asked whether the uneven bounce was difficult to play on, Kamande said, "It was the bowling techniques of the rival new ball bowlers. They managed to make the ball bounce. There were good lengths and we missed them, mostly playing across to get out. That is the reason for our poor performance."

Kenya got off to a dismal start after electing to bat, losing five wickets inside the first 16 overs with New Zealand paceman Hamish Bennett doing the bulk of the damage.

The semifinalists of the 2003 edition will play Pakistan in their second game in Hambantota, Sri Lanka on February 23.

PTI