Two new faces in Ladies T20 squad for Tanzania


posted on Dec 10, 2013

FOURTNEEN year old left-arm spinner Edith Wanjiru and batter Jane Achieng are the two new call ups in the national women cricket team for this year’s Africa Seniors Women T20 Championships that will be hosted in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 14-16 December 2013.

The two U19 players have been drafted in the 14 member squad to replace veteran Belinda Maska and Doline Adhiambo and team manager Peter Ongondo believes they are now ready to get exposed at the top.

While it’s the first time, Wanjiru is being picked into the team; Achieng had played for the senior team in the past. She was part of the team that toured Uganda in 2012 for a series of matches..

"Essentially this squad builds on the team that played in the last T20 Qualifiers in Tanzania. The key was to take a consistent approach to selection and provide continuity for the players and also bring in new blood," says Ongondo.

Joseph Angara who will coach the side after Lameck Onyango opted to link up with the men’s national team says the selection of the two young players will give the side plenty of options on the tough Tanzania conditions

"Both players have been on our radar and we've been pleased with the consistency. Achieng gives the squad options as she can bat in the top six while Wanjiku as young as she is she can provide useful spin bowling.

"The event is a good opportunity to introduce promising players."

The two are members of the U19 Ladies team and they will be joining their two colleagues Daisy Wairimu and Quinta Aoko who have been part of the team for two years.

Achieng says the side will face challenging conditions in Tanzania.

"All the teams have proven over the years that they are difficult opponent. But our preparations will certainly help us be ready."

Kenya Squad

Emily Ruto (c), Sarah Bhakita, Pearlyne Omamo, Ruth Mwihaki , Mary Belle, Mercy Adhiambo, Beryl Oyugi, Lydia Kaparo , Margaret Banja , Jane Achieng , Edith Wanjiru , Quinta Aoko . Daisy Wairimu, Sharon Juma