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Last Updated:  Saturday, 4 January, 2003, 15:56 GMT

Kenya spring double surprise
Vadher made a good impression at the 1999 World Cup
Vadher made a good impression at the 1999 World Cup
Kenya have persuaded former captain Asif Karim and batsman Alpesh Vadher out of international retirement in order to play in the forthcoming World Cup.

The selectors decided extra experience was needed following the team's recent 2-0 defeat by Zimbabwe.

"We recalled Karim because of his experience and because we needed a spinner in the side," said Harilal Shah, vice-chairman of the Kenya Cricket Association.

Vadher was also a member of the squad for the 1999 tournament in England, when he scored half centuries against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka.

Kenya will be captained by Steve Tikolo and former Indian batsman Sandeep Patil remains as coach.

Patil will be assisted by Andrew Kirsten, whose brother Gary is a member of South Africa's World Cup squad.

Kenyan squad: Steve Tikolo (captain), Maurice Odumbe, Asif Karim, Alpesh Vadher, Ravindu Shah, Hitesh Modi, Brijal Patel, Martin Suji, Tony Suji, Thomas Odoyo, Kennedy Obuya, Joseph Angara, Peter Ongondo, David Obuya, Collins Obuya.



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