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Odumbe called up for Champions Trophy

Agence France-Presse NAIROBI, Aug. 8. —

Kenyan cricket selectors today dropped leg spinner Collins Obuya and included controversial former captain Maurice Odumbe in the 14-man squad for the ICC Champions Trophy in England in September.

The 23-year-old Obuya underwent an operation for a swollen appendix a week ago but declared himself fit to play again after two weeks. He said he was disappointed with the decision to leave him out of the team. “It is not easy to recover immediately after an appendix operation. We will not be sure about his fitness,” said chief selector Mr Harilal Shah.

In the absence of Obuya, experienced Odumbe, who is still facing charges of inappropriate contact with an Indian bookmaker will bowl his off-spin — that is if the ICC don’t find him guilty over the charges and they are due to deliver their verdict around 16 August. He could face a minimum two-year suspension or a life ban, as well as a fine, if found guilty.

Paceman Josephat Ababu has been recalled to the squad after a two-year absence after impressing the selectors with his penetrating bowling against the visiting Pakistan A. Three youngsters have also been included in the side. They are batsmen Ragheb Aga and Malhar Patel and medium pacer Morris Ouma. The team will play a triangular series against India A and Pakistan A starting 11 August.

Betting racket busted:

With the arrest of three men, Delhi Police Crime Branch today claimed to have smashed a cricket betting racket operating from a house in Ashok Vihar area of the capital. Vijay Kumar of Geeta Colony, Surender Kumar alias Tinku of Baraf Khana and Jagpreet Singh of Ashok Vihar were arrested following a raid in which one colour TV set, seven mobile phones, one calculator, two note books and one tape recorder were confiscated, police said. They were nabbed on 6 August while allegedly booking satta on the cricket match being played between Sri Lanka and South Africa, they said. A case has been registered at PS Ashok Vihar and further investigation was on.

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