September 29, 2009

Kenya

Blow for Kenya as players head to Zimbabwe

Martin Williamson

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.

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Posted by Vikram Maingi on (September 30, 2009, 12:41 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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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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