Kiamunyi High School student Daisy Wairimu has been named in a 14-strong Kenya squad for the ICC women's Twenty20 World Cup qualifiers to be held in Tanzania starting Sunday.
The 15-year-old all rounder was the best player in the just concluded Africa Junior Girls Championships in Uganda. Nine members of the team that played in 2013 women's World Cup qualifiers two years ago in Nairobi will be complemented by five players who are making their debut in the competition.
Dolin Adhiambo, Beryl Oyugi, Lydia Kaparo and Quinta Aoko will be playing their first major event in national colours alongside Wairimu. While Adhiambo, Aoko and Oyugi took part in the Africa Twenty20 show in Uganda last year, Kaparo and Wairimu will be making their debut.
Team manager Dun Okinyo said: "The whole team is really excited about qualifying. I'm so proud to be part of such talented team. "There is a great blend to our squad with a combination of experienced players who have been part of this team for years and emerging young players who have already shown that they can perform at this level."
Okinyo added that coming out with the final squad has been the most difficult thing but exuded confidence that the team will do well against strong opposition.
"It has never been harder to select the women's squad than this time round. So many players have impressed this year and this final group of 14 no doubt deserve their place in the national squad and we hope they will rise to the occasion," he said
Kenya will open their campaign against Namibia on Day One of the event before taking on arch-rivals Uganda on the second day. Kenya face two matches against--South Africa and Zimbabwe-- on Day Three before closing their campaign against hosts Tanzania. The squad will departs tomorrow.
Full squad: Emily Ruto (captain), Ruth Mwihaki, Mary Belle, Sarah Bhakita, Mercyline Adhiambo, Pearlyne Omamo, Sharon Juma, Beryl Oyugi, Lydia Kaparo, Belinda Maska, Margaret Banja, Quinta Aoko, Ruth Mwihaki and Daisy Wairimu.