September 8, 2007

Tikolo and Odoyo shortlisted for ICC Award

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kenya have two players in the running for the ICC Associate ODI Player of the Year award. Steve Tikolo and Thomas Odoyo have been shortlisted for the new category. Canada's Ashish Bagai and Ryan ten Doeschate, of Netherlands, are the other players vying for the prize.

The talented Tikolo was in consistent form – his highlight a fifty against England in the World Cup - while Odoyo delivered with both bat and ball.

Ten Doeschate hit an unbeaten century in the World Cricket League, and added a hatful of wickets. At the World Cup which followed he struck two fifties in three matches including one against South Africa.

Bagai was a member of Canada's World Cup teams in 2003 and 2007. He came to prominence this winter with two centuries at the World Cricket League, where he was named Player of the Tournament, ahead of the World Cup.

The first ICC Awards were held four years ago, but this is the first time there will be an Associate Player of the Year. The winner will be named in Johannesburg, South Africa, on September 10 as teams gather for the initial ICC World Twenty20 championship.

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Posted by Cam Mulla on (September 11, 2007, 19:17 GMT)

I am surprised that Odoyo took the award ahead of Ten Doeschate as Ten doeschate ranked higher in points then odoyo for both categories of batting and bowling.

Posted by Zoeb Tayebjee on (September 10, 2007, 6:28 GMT)

The ICC must be commended for recognising associate members for the awards. This will encourage associate members cricketers to do well to get recognition. The line-up is interesting and to me all four deserve the award. It will be a tight call. Best of luck.

Posted by Andy on (September 9, 2007, 18:12 GMT)

Well done to the ICC for choosing to introduce the awards and what a lineup to be chosen for the first one!

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