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Kenya to host 2008 Afro-Asia Cup series

The country is picked to host the third and final tournament of the series which brings together cricketers from Africa and Asia.

cricket Updated: Jun 12, 2007 16:51 IST

Kenya will host the third and final Afro-Asia Cup series in June 2008, local cricket officials said on Tuesday.

The country was picked to stage the tournament during the just-concluded second edition of the Afro-Asia Cup in India.

"We are honoured and privileged to host the third and last edition in the first and second week of June 2008," Cricket Kenya chairman Samir Inamdar told AFP on arrival from India.

"This is one method of raising the profile of the game in the country."

It will be the second time that the tournament, which brings together the top cricket players from Africa and Asia will be staged in Africa.

South Africa hosted the first edition in 2005.

Inamdar said the June 2008 dates had been selected to suit the competing team to avoid a repeat of the previous two tournaments when some star players from Africa and Asia were forced to pull out from their respective teams due to national committments.

The second edition won 3-0 by Asia, led by their Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene, was marred by the absence of India's Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid and South Africa's Graeme Smith, who had been named as the captain of the African squad.

First Published: Jun 12, 2007 16:37 IST