International Cricket Council recently gave a sweet news to all the associate teams by announcing that all the 104 nations are going to be under the ICC hammer in T20I games while Afghanistan and Ireland were handed Test status. Meanwhile, ahead of receiving T20I status, Kenya missed out a golden opportunity of writing their name on the record books.
Kenya registered a massive tally of 270/6 in a T20 game but were unfortunate to miss out a place in the ICC record books. Despite, Afghanistan and Ireland receiving the Test status immediately, the T20I status for all the 104 nations will be officially declared on January 1st 2019 which denied them to register a stunning record to their name.
Kenya scored a mind-boggling 270/6 in their allotted 20 overs against a hapless Rwanda cricket team in a World T20 qualifying match at the Gahanga Cricket Stadium in Kigali, hitting as many as 20 sixes and 21 fours. Meanwhile, in other records, their top four batsmen registered half-centuries with a stupendous scoring rate which will also go in vain as far as record books are concerned.
However, according to cricket.com.au, the record will not be in Kenya’s name in spite of the ICC expanding the T20 umbrella from 18 to 104 countries, announcing that all T20 games played between member nations will be recognised as T20 Internationals (T20Is). But those changes come into effect starting January 1, 2019, and hence, Kenya will not be having their name entering the record books in T20 cricket.
As per the record books, currently, the record is on the name of the Australian team. They had piled on 263 runs against Sri Lanka for the loss 3 wickets in 2016 and the exact same score is the best in the T20 format as well which came when Royal Challengers Bangalore of Indian Premier League scored 263/5 against Pune Warriors in 2013.
Coming to the ongoing qualifier tournament, Kenya are playing their top-notch game and registered 2 wins in their 2 games. The top two teams — with Tanzania, hosts Rwanda and Uganda being the other sides will earn qualification for the African regional finals. The top two teams from those finals will then proceed to ICC World T20 Qualifier, which will give the participating countries a chance to make it to the ICC World T20 2020 to be played in Australia.