Kenya September 29, 2009

Blow for Kenya as players head to Zimbabwe

Allrounder Thomas Odoyo h as been confirmed as the second Kenyan joining new Zimbabwean franchise Southern Rocks

Allrounder Thomas Odoyo has been confirmed as the second Kenyan joining new Zimbabwean franchise Southern Rocks. Former Kenya captain Steve Tikolo is arriving in Harare on Tuesday afternoon after signing as player-coach for the Rocks.

The news will be a blow to the game inside Kenya where the NPCA league has for a long time not been considered tough enough to bring on young players. The decision of two of the country’s best cricketers to play abroad will only further weaken it.

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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  • Vikram Maingi on September 30, 2009, 11:41 GMT

    There is no young cricketers' brigade in Kenya. Quite a few current players did play in the 1999 World Cup or represented Kenya even before that. Even Maurice Odumber, at the age of 41, thinks that he can make a comeback for Kenya. Looks like that this team, which qualified for 2003 World Cup semis, will face an extremely tough task for qualifying for 2015 edition of the tournament.

  • Vikram Maingi on September 30, 2009, 11:41 GMT

    There is no young cricketers' brigade in Kenya. Quite a few current players did play in the 1999 World Cup or represented Kenya even before that. Even Maurice Odumber, at the age of 41, thinks that he can make a comeback for Kenya. Looks like that this team, which qualified for 2003 World Cup semis, will face an extremely tough task for qualifying for 2015 edition of the tournament.

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  • Vikram Maingi on September 30, 2009, 11:41 GMT

    There is no young cricketers' brigade in Kenya. Quite a few current players did play in the 1999 World Cup or represented Kenya even before that. Even Maurice Odumber, at the age of 41, thinks that he can make a comeback for Kenya. Looks like that this team, which qualified for 2003 World Cup semis, will face an extremely tough task for qualifying for 2015 edition of the tournament.