Kenya September 12, 2009

Tikolo takes coaching job in Zimbabwe?

Sources inside Zimbabwe are reporting that former Kenya captain Steve Tikolo has been signed by Masvingo-based Southern Rocks to act as their new player-coach.
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Sources inside Zimbabwe are reporting that former Kenya captain Steve Tikolo has been signed by Masvingo-based Southern Rocks to act as their new player-coach.

Tikolo, who has been a bedrock of the Kenya side for more than a decade and was at one time widely regarded as the best batsman outside the Test arena, recently stood down as captain and admitted that he was nearing the end of his playing career.

With Zimbabwe’s new domestic structure, which starts this week, now on a professional footing, the money is available to the five newly-created franchises to attract good foreign talent

Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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  • baaza on September 25, 2009, 20:03 GMT

    Frasat, great to see you still keep in touch with your grass roots. Met Jagoo the other day and we got talking about the good old days. Last i saw you, you had turned out with a staight bat and scored a hundred.Ofcourse you did ball, with lesser speed and more control. How the 70s school doing ? Do you still keep in touch with Zuli and Azhar!

  • Vikram Maingi on September 20, 2009, 7:30 GMT

    Tikolo could have been a decent choice for coach player's role for Kenya itself.

  • frasat ali on September 19, 2009, 4:45 GMT

    best of luck to cricket kenya.Regards to zoeb tayebji nice to know he has not run out of ink since our playing days.keep it going.

  • frasat ali on September 19, 2009, 4:43 GMT

    best of luck to cricket kenya.Regards to zoeb tayebji nice to know he has not run out of ink since our playing days.keep it going.

  • baaza on September 18, 2009, 13:49 GMT

    Good luck Steve, remember this is your opportunity to extend your experiences to others.

    It must not be your final bow to a fabulous career,maybe oneday Kenyan cricket will have a home grown coach.

  • Anil Koshy on September 16, 2009, 4:04 GMT

    Test playing nations should adopt their neighbours and include them as a team in their domestic league. This is the only way to generate interest in the game. For example India can include Nepal in their domestic league and South Africa can include Kenya and Zimbabwe in their domestic league. This way even weak teams can get a chance to play against competitive side and gain experience.

  • Jimy fingers on September 15, 2009, 16:37 GMT

    Who else deserves this more than steve T.ma man all the best .m smiling.

  • mes on September 15, 2009, 10:22 GMT

    I bet some former Zim cricketers are wondering how they missed that opportunity

  • Ayumba Ayodi on September 15, 2009, 7:09 GMT

    With a player of such quality, i believe the future holds great things not only for him but his new place and Kenya. It's a pity that Kenya has few quality players between him and youngster, Alex Obanda.

  • J.Angara on September 15, 2009, 6:52 GMT

    I honestly feel cricket kenya should talk to steve if he can stay .with his experience we need his services n with the new coach in place steve can also be drafted into the tecnical bench come player so they can start working together.But its also steve decision and i wish him wel in his new Task gd luck mate

  • baaza on September 25, 2009, 20:03 GMT

    Frasat, great to see you still keep in touch with your grass roots. Met Jagoo the other day and we got talking about the good old days. Last i saw you, you had turned out with a staight bat and scored a hundred.Ofcourse you did ball, with lesser speed and more control. How the 70s school doing ? Do you still keep in touch with Zuli and Azhar!

  • Vikram Maingi on September 20, 2009, 7:30 GMT

    Tikolo could have been a decent choice for coach player's role for Kenya itself.

  • frasat ali on September 19, 2009, 4:45 GMT

    best of luck to cricket kenya.Regards to zoeb tayebji nice to know he has not run out of ink since our playing days.keep it going.

  • frasat ali on September 19, 2009, 4:43 GMT

    best of luck to cricket kenya.Regards to zoeb tayebji nice to know he has not run out of ink since our playing days.keep it going.

  • baaza on September 18, 2009, 13:49 GMT

    Good luck Steve, remember this is your opportunity to extend your experiences to others.

    It must not be your final bow to a fabulous career,maybe oneday Kenyan cricket will have a home grown coach.

  • Anil Koshy on September 16, 2009, 4:04 GMT

    Test playing nations should adopt their neighbours and include them as a team in their domestic league. This is the only way to generate interest in the game. For example India can include Nepal in their domestic league and South Africa can include Kenya and Zimbabwe in their domestic league. This way even weak teams can get a chance to play against competitive side and gain experience.

  • Jimy fingers on September 15, 2009, 16:37 GMT

    Who else deserves this more than steve T.ma man all the best .m smiling.

  • mes on September 15, 2009, 10:22 GMT

    I bet some former Zim cricketers are wondering how they missed that opportunity

  • Ayumba Ayodi on September 15, 2009, 7:09 GMT

    With a player of such quality, i believe the future holds great things not only for him but his new place and Kenya. It's a pity that Kenya has few quality players between him and youngster, Alex Obanda.

  • J.Angara on September 15, 2009, 6:52 GMT

    I honestly feel cricket kenya should talk to steve if he can stay .with his experience we need his services n with the new coach in place steve can also be drafted into the tecnical bench come player so they can start working together.But its also steve decision and i wish him wel in his new Task gd luck mate

  • Zoeb Tayebjee on September 15, 2009, 5:21 GMT

    I wish more Kenya Cricketers can be accomodated in the new Zim domestic structure. The Nairobi league has no standards and no money.

    Zoeb Tayebjee

  • VIKRAM on September 14, 2009, 19:08 GMT

    definately,he's the best batsmen from the associates..all the best to him and zim and kenya cricket for the future

  • David Hwangwa on September 13, 2009, 13:16 GMT

    Its good news to hear that the franchise system is attracting foreign talent and overally this is a positive for Zimbabwe Cricket. I certainly hope that the season is going to be beneficial to the country as playing more will increase our capabilities of playing in the Tests again and hopefully attract more players, notably Sean Ervine because i believe he is one player that is needed as well as Antony Ireland to increase the pace attack. The recent Bangladesh series showed that, apart from the lack of consistency, our batsmen have managed to pull huge scores only for the ballers to disappoint us once again. Tikolo, welcome and i wish you all the best.

  • Rj on September 13, 2009, 3:45 GMT

    If confirmed, Congratulations Steve! One of the best cricketer from the Associates and I am sure we will here more from the face of Cricket Kenya as he launches another phase of his cricket career.

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  • Rj on September 13, 2009, 3:45 GMT

    If confirmed, Congratulations Steve! One of the best cricketer from the Associates and I am sure we will here more from the face of Cricket Kenya as he launches another phase of his cricket career.

  • David Hwangwa on September 13, 2009, 13:16 GMT

    Its good news to hear that the franchise system is attracting foreign talent and overally this is a positive for Zimbabwe Cricket. I certainly hope that the season is going to be beneficial to the country as playing more will increase our capabilities of playing in the Tests again and hopefully attract more players, notably Sean Ervine because i believe he is one player that is needed as well as Antony Ireland to increase the pace attack. The recent Bangladesh series showed that, apart from the lack of consistency, our batsmen have managed to pull huge scores only for the ballers to disappoint us once again. Tikolo, welcome and i wish you all the best.

  • VIKRAM on September 14, 2009, 19:08 GMT

    definately,he's the best batsmen from the associates..all the best to him and zim and kenya cricket for the future

  • Zoeb Tayebjee on September 15, 2009, 5:21 GMT

    I wish more Kenya Cricketers can be accomodated in the new Zim domestic structure. The Nairobi league has no standards and no money.

    Zoeb Tayebjee

  • J.Angara on September 15, 2009, 6:52 GMT

    I honestly feel cricket kenya should talk to steve if he can stay .with his experience we need his services n with the new coach in place steve can also be drafted into the tecnical bench come player so they can start working together.But its also steve decision and i wish him wel in his new Task gd luck mate

  • Ayumba Ayodi on September 15, 2009, 7:09 GMT

    With a player of such quality, i believe the future holds great things not only for him but his new place and Kenya. It's a pity that Kenya has few quality players between him and youngster, Alex Obanda.

  • mes on September 15, 2009, 10:22 GMT

    I bet some former Zim cricketers are wondering how they missed that opportunity

  • Jimy fingers on September 15, 2009, 16:37 GMT

    Who else deserves this more than steve T.ma man all the best .m smiling.

  • Anil Koshy on September 16, 2009, 4:04 GMT

    Test playing nations should adopt their neighbours and include them as a team in their domestic league. This is the only way to generate interest in the game. For example India can include Nepal in their domestic league and South Africa can include Kenya and Zimbabwe in their domestic league. This way even weak teams can get a chance to play against competitive side and gain experience.

  • baaza on September 18, 2009, 13:49 GMT

    Good luck Steve, remember this is your opportunity to extend your experiences to others.

    It must not be your final bow to a fabulous career,maybe oneday Kenyan cricket will have a home grown coach.