Obuya Cricket Academy (O.C.A) have been slotted in for their first match of the season slated for 1st August 2021, which will also mark the fourth round of matches in the ongoing 2021 Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (N.P.C.A) 50 – over League. The team had been isolated by N.P.C.A due to an alleged accruement of arrears from previous seasons. We caught up with Collins Obuya at Coast Gymkhana for a quick chat during the finals of the NCBA T- 20 Cup pitting his Burhani Sports Club against Pakistan Cricket Club whom they beat by 4 wickets. Is it true that O.C.A have been reinstated into the N.P.C.A League and when is your first match?

Collins Obuya: As of now we have not been readmitted back to N.P.C.A league so I cannot really tell when we will play our next match. We have however submitted arrears that N.P.C.A was demanding from the Academy before re-admission. We have now learnt that O.C.A will play their first match this Sunday, 1st July 2021 away to Stray Lions Cricket Club ‘A.’ Does O.C.A have a competitive side to participate in the N.P.C.A Super league now that that some of your players have transferred to other Clubs?

Collins Obuya: It is true that some of our players have moved to other clubs on free transfer. This is because, our readmission back to N.P.C.A has taken longer than we expected, but as O.C.A, we are steadily rebuilding our team. How do you feel after missing out on some matches; Do you feel that you can get enough runs to catch the selectors’ eye before the end of the League?

Collins Obuya: There has been a quite long lull in Cricket. This mean little sporting action not only for me but other cricketers and all sports disciplines at large. That said, I am working on my fitness. We have also been doing a lot of practice at O.C.A as well as playing some friendlies. My form is intact and am available for selection. What has been your experience as a Coach nurturing young talents at the Academy; Is there any player in particular that you can identify for age group cricket?

Collins Obuya: Working with young talents has been quite a challenging journey owing to various factors some of which I am not at liberty to discuss, but we have definitely made great strides in imparting skills to kids. At the moment, we are reorganizing and strategizing. One of the talents I can particularly identify is Ken Mwangi (under – 14) amongst others. The office is can give further details on the same. What is you experience at this NCBA T – 20 Tournament? What is your view on the level of competition and keeping the game of cricket alive outside Nairobi?

Collins Obuya: It has been a great experience, good to get some cricket under my belt as well. The NCBA T20 is an opportunity to inspire young talent and help in cricket development at the Coast. With more of such tournaments, Kenyan cricket is on the rise.

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