London: Former tomato salesman Collins Obuya earned a spot with English County first division side Warwickshire on Tuesday thanks to his inspiring performances for World Cup semi-finalists Kenya.
According to the BBC, the 21-year-old right-armed spinner fills the vacancy of the second overseas player — New Zealander Shane Bond already being there — which was turned down by India’s Anil Kumble and Australia’s Brad Hogg.
Obuya was a revelation during the World Cup as his spin brought him 13 wickets at an average of 28.76 in nine games. This included a five for 24 against Sri Lanka at Nairobi. Overall, he has played 28 one day Internationals with 25 wickets.
Obuya, supplemented his $700 a month wage from the Kenyan Cricket Association by selling tomatoes. though he wanted to become a doctor. He said he hoped to repeat his success from the World Cup.
“This is a thrilling time for me to be playing for such a famous club.
“I am looking forward to it and hope that I can produce the form and success that I managed during the World Cup,” said Obuya, who is likely to play his first game against Cardiff UCCE on May 14.
Warwickshire’s captain Michael Powell said he was looking forward to Obuya adding variety to the County’s attack.
“He was impressive in the World Cup and is proving to be an exciting prospect.”