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Kenya to replace South Africa

Nairobi: World Cup semi-finalist Kenya will replace South Africa in next month’s Sharjah Cup, a cricket official said on Thursday.

“We have consulted with the sports minister and we’ve been told we can go ahead because other countries are participating,” said Jimmy Rayani, chairman of the Kenya Cricket Association (KCA). “The players are happy to go.” The meet’s organisers, the Cricketers Benefit Fund Series (CBFS), Wednesday invited Kenya and Zimbabwe to play in the $250,000 event after South Africa withdrew because of security concerns.

South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka were supposed to play in the tournament, originally scheduled for April 1-10. CBFS was forced to postpone the starting date to April 3. Zimbabwe is yet to announce its decision on the Sharjah Cup.

Meanwhile, a BCCSL source said in Colombo that “We have tentatively been told that the others in the series are taking part. But we are awaiting a firm confirmation from the organisers.”

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