by John Kwoba
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya women’s
cricket team will seek to win their first major international
tournament when they compete in the ICC Africa Twenty20
International in Harare, Zimbabwe from May 5 to 12.
tournament will feature nine teams, namely Kenya, Mozambique,
Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, champions
Uganda and Zimbabwe.
The nine teams will compete for the single slot available for
Africa in the 2019 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 qualifiers in
Scotland from August 31 to September 7.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced after the
conclusion of their Board and Technical Committee meetings held
in Singapore last October that the 2019 regional qualifiers
would determine the pathway towards the global qualifiers for
both T20 and 50-over World Cups.
Team captain Daisy Wairimu said Kenya were well prepared for
the trip to Zimbabwe, and hope they will weather the storm to
challenge for the title.
"The team is ready, despite the challenges we face over
cricket management. But we will give a good account of ourselves
in the tournament," Wairimu said on Monday in Nairobi.
Wairimu is back training with the team after surviving a road
accident back in 2017.
The team departs for Zimbabwe on Friday.
Uganda represented Africa in last year’s Twenty20 global
qualifiers, after edging out Zimbabwe in a closely-contested
event in Namibia.
The top two teams from the 2019 ICC Women’s World Twenty20
qualifiers will play in the 2020 ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup
in Australia from February 21 to March 8.
The Kenyan team will miss the services of experienced
all-rounder Sarah Bhatika, who sprained her right ankle during
training at Ruaraka Sports Club on Wednesday.
Bhatika’s place in the squad will be taken by Nakuru-based
Ruth Achando, a middle-order right hand batsman who is also a
Namibia staged the last edition of the ICC Women Twenty20
World Cup Africa Qualifiers in 2017.