He said he expected the tournament to be a close contest between the six teams: Bermuda, Canada, Holland, Ireland, Scotland and hosts Kenya, all of which have already qualified for the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.
â€œIt is difficult to underrate any of the teams,â€ said Harper, a former West Indies spinner. â€œThey have all qualified for the World Cup. They are all pretty good.â€
The event, which will be played on a round-robin basis in the Kenyan capital, will also have an added incentive as the two top teams will qualify for the first ICC Twenty20 World Championships in South Africa next September.
Kenya was stripped of its one-day international status by the ICC last year.
â€˜Kenya no cricket minnowsâ€™