World Twenty20 Qualifiers, UAE

Kenya recall 42-year-old Tikolo

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October 24, 2013

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Steve Tikolo is lbw for 10 in his final innings, Kenya v Zimbabwe, Group A, World Cup 2011, Kolkata, March 20, 2011
Steve Tikolo was lbw against Zimbabwe in his previous international innings © Getty Images

The 42-year-old Steve Tikolo has come out of international retirement after being recalled to the Kenya squad for the World Twenty20 Qualifiers in the UAE more than two-and-a-half years after he last played for the country.

Tikolo's previous appearance came in the 2011 World Cup, when he faced Zimbabwe in Kolkata, and at the time he said that was the end of his international career that included 134 ODIs and 11 T20s. Since then he has only appeared in a joint Kenya-Uganda domestic structure for Rwenzori Warriors where he has also been coaching.

However, in a further sign of the regression in Kenya cricket, he has been brought back into the fold alongside 35-year-old Thomas Odoyo who also previously played an international during the last World Cup and has not played a Twenty20 international since 2008.

Both Tikolo and Odoyo made their debuts at the 1996 World Cup during which Kenya famously beat West Indies. They also took part in the 1999 event in England then helped Kenya to the high point of their cricket history when they reached the semi-finals of the 2003 tournament in South Africa. Since then, however, the organisation and success of the sport has plummeted despite qualification for the next two World Cups.

Kenya have only qualified for one World Twenty20 tournament, the inaugural competition in South Africa during 2007. Last month they registered the lowest T20 international total of 56 when they were skittled by Afghanistan in Sharjah. Their preparation for the Qualifiers will include a seven-match series in Sri Lanka against the country's A team which includes Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Perera, and Jeevan Mendis.

Sixteen teams who will compete in the Qualifiers - which will be held from November 15-30 in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah - with six places at the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh up for grabs.

Other interesting names include David Hemp, the former Glamorgan and Warwickshire batsman who will continue to turn out for Bermuda, the former England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones who lines up for Papua New Guinea and Middlesex allrounder Gareth Berg in the Italy squad.

Jamie Atkinson, the Hong Kong captain, also played a match for Warwickshire at the end of the English season after the county suffered an injury crisis among their wicketkeepers. Another familiar name from English cricket who will be around the event is Paul Collingwood who will act as Scotland's assistant coach.

Meanwhile, the USA squad features a pair of former West Indies internationals in captain Neil McGarrell, the left-arm spinner who played four Tests, and seamer Adam Sanford who appeared 11 times between 2002 and 2004.

Afghanistan Mohammad Nabi (capt), Merwais Ashraf, Hamid Hassan, Amir Hamza Hotak, Afsar Khan, Nawroz Mangal, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Shahzad, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Karim Sadiq, Samiullah Shinwari, Najeebullah Zadran, Shapor Zadran, Dawlat Khan Zadran, Noor Ali Zadran

Bermuda Janeiro Tucker (capt), Kamal Bashir, Derrick Brangman, Christian Burgess, Lionel Cann, Allan Douglas II, Christopher Douglas, Terryn Fray, David Hemp, Malachi Jones, Kamau Leverock, Tre Manders, Jacobi Robinson, Dion Stovell, Kwame Tucker

Canada Ashish Bagai (capt), Havir Baidwan, Rizwan Cheema, Henry Onsinde, Damodar Daesrath, Abzal Dean, Jeremy Gordon, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Jimmy Hansra, Kenny Kamyuka, Usman Limbada, Hiral Patel, Raza Rehman, Junaid Siddiqui, Hamza Tariq

Denmark Michael Pedersen (capt), Aftab Ahmed, Christo Botma, Basit Javed, Carsten Pedersen, Yasir Iqbal, Frederik Klokker, Pawan Kumar, Kamran Mahmood, Rizwan Mahmood, Jakob Rubin, Kasper Rubin, Bashir Shah, Hamid Shah

Hong Kong James Atkinson (capt), Tanwir Afzal, Irfan Ahmed, Moner Ahmed, Nadeem Ahmed, Haseeb Amjad, Waqas Barkat, Mark Chapman, Babar Hayat, Aizaz Khan, Nizakat Khan, Roy Lamsam, Ali Skhawat, Kinchit Shah, Daljeet Singh

Gareth Berg was economical, Middlesex v Nottinghamshire, County Championship, Division One, Lord's, 1st day, September, 11, 2013
Middlesex allrounder Gareth Berg will again turn out for Italy © Getty Images

Ireland William Porterfield (capt), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Ed Joyce, Andrew McBrine, John Mooney, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, James Shannon, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson

Italy Damian Crowley (capt), Alessandro Bonora, Gareth Berg, Dilan Fernando, Madupa Fernando, Tharindu Fernando, Gayashan Munasinghe, Dinidu Marage, Andy Northcote, Vincenzo Pennazza, Joy Perera, Peter Petricola, Mick Raso, Sujith Rillagodage, Carl Sandri

Kenya Collins Obuya (capt), Ragheb Aga, Duncan Allan, Dhiren Gondaria, Irfan Karim, Shem Ngoche, Alex Obanda, Thomas Odoyo, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Nelson Odhiambo, Elijah Otieno, Morris Ouma, Rakep Patel, Steve Tikolo, Hiren Varaiya

Namibia Sarel Burger (capt), Stephan Baard, Gerhard Erasmus, Shalako Groenewald, Louis Klazinga, JP Kotze, Bernard Scholtz, Nicolaas Scholtz, JJ Smit, LP Van Der Westhuizen, Raymond van Schoor, Toby Vervey, Christi Viljoen, Craig Williams, Pikkie Ya France

Nepal Paras Khadka (capt), Pradeep Airee, Binod Bhandari, Amrit Bhattarai, Mahesh Chhetri, Shakti Gauchan, Subash Khakurel, Avinash Karn, Gyanendra Malla, Anil Mandal, Jitendra Mukhiya, Sagar Pun, Basant Regmi, Sharad Vesawkar, Rahul Vishwakarma

Netherlands Peter Borren (capt), Wesley Barresi, Mudassar Bukhari, Daan van Bunge, Atse Buurman, Ben Cooper, Tim Gruijters, Vivian Kingma, Ahsan Malik, Paul van Meekeren, Stephan Myburgh, Michael Rippon, Pieter Seelaar, Michael Swart, Eric Szwarczynski

Papua New Guinea Chris Amini (capt), Charles Amini, Mahuru Dai, Willie Gavera, Andrew Hicks, Geraint Jones, Chris Kent, Van Vagi Morea, Kila Pala, Pipi Raho, John Reva, Assad Vala, Norman Vanua, Jack Vare , Tony Ura

Scotland Kyle Coetzer (capt), Richie Berrington, Neil Carter, Matty Cross, Gordon Goudie, Majid Haq, Moneeb Iqbal, Michael Leask, Matt Machan, Calum MacLeod, David Murphy, Safyaan Sharif, Rob Taylor, Craig Wallace, Iain Wardlaw

Uganda Davis Arinaitwe Karashani (captain), Hamu Kayondo Bagenda, Arthur Solomon Kyobe, Brian Masaba, Roger Mukasa, Abram Ndhlovu Mutyagaba, Phillemon Selowa Mukobe, Frank Nsubuga, Richard Gideon Okia, Raymond Otim, Patrick Ochan, Jonathan Sebanja, Henry Senyondo, Almuzahim Hamza Saleh, Charles Waiswa

United Arab Emirates Khurram Khan (captain), Saqib Ali, Shaiman Anwar, Muhammad Azam, Nasir Aziz, Amjad Javed, Asim Kurshid, Rohan Mustafa, Muhammad Naveed, Swapnil Patil, Ahmed Raza, Abdul Shakoor, Kamran Shahzad, Shadeep Silva, Muhammad Shafiq

United States of America Neil McGarrell (captain), Timroy Allen, Danial Ahmed, Imran Awan, Barrington Bartley, Orlando Baker, Akeem Dodson, Karan Ganesh, Muhammad Asad Ghous, Elmore Hutchinson, Steve Massiah, Japen Patel, Adam Sanford, Srinivasa Santhanam, Steven Taylor

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Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 19:43 GMT)

Tanmay Mishra is playing for Parkophene Cricketers in the Kanga league, Why is he not include in the squad? Seren Waters who is studying in the UK should be in the said for Important tournaments too. Hard Hitting Ale

After reading above about so many players from County cricket playing in the qualifiers for different nations Kenya should try and persuade Jamie Dalrymple to represent them.

Although Steve Tikolo is a legend in the Non Test world I fell he is 42 and should not be asked to play, however having him in the dressing room as a batting consultant, that shall lend much needed experience to the youn

Posted by mandi on (October 26, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

kenya will qualify this time odoyo and tokolo will prove there worth again.

Posted by   on (October 26, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

Ireland,Namibia,Scotland,Afghanistan,Netherlands and Nepal/Hong Kong.These are my favourites no Canada nor Kenya

Posted by Devadatta_Rajadhyaksha on (October 25, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

Why are Ryan ten Doeschate and Dirk Nannes not playing for Netherlands? And how about USA's Sushil Nadkarni?

Posted by Anil_Koshy on (October 25, 2013, 8:14 GMT)

Good to have 1-2 veterans whom youngsters can look up to for inspiration, at the moment there is no one whose presence can inspire the youngsters. All the teams have 1-2 icons whose mere presence can make a lot of difference, Tikolo may not be Tendulkar or Michael Clarke but he can make a lot of difference as he was a part of goldern era of Kenyan cricket.

Posted by   on (October 25, 2013, 7:50 GMT)

the Tikolos and Odoyos are well past their primes and have served the country well enough......persist with the youth and in no time we should have a team as strong as ZIm or bangladesh...going back to the old guard is not a solution!!!! YOu may as well call back Martin Suji, Rajab ali, odumbe, ravindu shah etc etc

Posted by pindolia on (October 25, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

Steve and Thomas are some of the best players in the history of Kenyan Cricket i would support the move and think the two icons should be able to give their experience and talent to the other players as a sort of parental guidance and surely this will give the confidence to the other players but Kenya needs to get to the drawing board get a strong national league going covering the whole country in all the three formats get a strong school programme going and get more fixtures for our national team and also approach South African and Zimbabwe to include the Kenyan side in their domestic structure.We have also to admit that Cricket is at its lowest and future does not look so bright but if the Ministry Cricket Kenya Sponsors and all stake holders join in we can bring back the glory days of success we are used to.For now best of luck boys make your Country proud and yourselves

Posted by Anil_Koshy on (October 25, 2013, 4:49 GMT)

Ireland, Scotland, Afghanistan, Nepal, Namibia and Kenya should be the favourites, would be good to see if PNG or Uganda qualifies, rather Ireland and Afghanistan should have got automatic qualification.

The teams comprising of expatriates like Canada, USA, Hong Kong and UAE should not be allowed to participate in such tournaments, it is like cheating other associates nations who play with indigenous cricketers.

Posted by jimbond on (October 25, 2013, 4:34 GMT)

It may help them to perform well, but still its a sad day for kenya. This merely indicates that cricket has not taken off in Kenya. @Rakesh_Sharma: Afghanistan has a pretty decent pace attack as well. I would expect their current team to do very well in most conditions. In this set, apart from Ireland, I don't expect any other team to run them close. And UAE has world class facilities. Not a bad choice for the tournament.

Posted by Realhotshady on (October 25, 2013, 2:18 GMT)

Go Nepal Go...I think Nepal will finish the competition with flying colors and at least be the top 6 team. My guess for top 6: Ireland, Afghanistan, Netherlands, UAE, Scotland and Nepal...

Posted by   on (October 25, 2013, 0:44 GMT)

ten Doeschate lost interest in playing for the Netherlands. And considering the lucrative earnings he can make playing for the likes of Otago, Knight Riders, Tasmania, Essex, you can understand that nowadays he wants to set himself up with good money for the future, rather than the pittance that the KNCB probably could afford.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 21:39 GMT)

Does anyone know why Ryan TenDoeschate does not appear in the Netherlands squad these days? If he is not playing regular, I can understand his decision but when the World T20 or T50 qualifiers are being played, shouldn't he be turning up for his country? Is it his decision or was he banned or something by the Netherlands Cricket board?

Posted by Rakesh_Sharma on (October 24, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

Unable to understand why qualifiers are held up mostly in UAE. The conditions are sub continental and invariably only favours or provides unfair edge to Asian teams especially with their spin bowling.. Afghanistan which is a good team gets more advantage compared to Kenya,Ireland,Scotland, PNG. Very unfair. Other teams have to try harder. The pitches are not fair or true as well as the weather.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 15:49 GMT)

Re-calling veterans is a big mistake. Keeping in mind the future, it's better to keep on losing with young players. They will come up with time and experience. Clearly Kenya Cricket is moving backwards.

Posted by eddsnake on (October 24, 2013, 15:39 GMT)

Should be a very intriguing qualifier. Top 6 of Ireland, Afghanistan, Netherlands, Scotland, UAE and Canada would be my bet. Would be nice to see Nepal and Uganda or PNG make it though.

Shame that the main competition is not a true 16 team tournament with 4 groups of 4, but apparently has these 6 qualifiers along with Bangladesh and Zimbabwe playing a 'qualifying round' from which only the top 2 will go through, before the proper competition kicks off.

Posted by CricketChat on (October 24, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

Along with Steve, they should recall their ex-captain Karim as well to add some bite to bowling, assuming he can still roll his arm over. Based on their recent scores, their batting seems to be the worst among all associates. ICC must send performance coaches to improve their standards in all aspects.

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