March 17, 2007

Kenya

Odumbe seeks new opportunities

Martin Williamson





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Maurice Odumbe, the former golden boy of Kenyan cricket who was subsequently banned for five years for associating with known bookmakers, is now forging a new career on local television and radio. He has recently featured in a few advertisements and is also commentating on sports for a local radio station.

In a feature in The Nation, Odumbe reveals that he is happy with his new role.

“I always wanted to do something before the cameras. When the opportunity presented itself I could not just let it pass.”

He also said that he is considering standing in the next general election. “Sports and showbiz are multi-billion industries which have not been properly harnessed for the benefit of artistes and sports personalities due to poor legislation.”

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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