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Kenya v Pakistan, Group A, World Cup 2011, Hambantota

Tikolo confident of Kenyan revival

Sa'adi Thawfeeq in Hambantota

February 22, 2011

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Steve Tikolo, the Kenya batsman, has said the respect Pakistan have for his team should motivate it to bounce back in its next game on Wednesday. Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan captain, had warned Pakistan against taking Kenya lightly, saying the team would have to be at full strength for its opening World Cup encounter.

"It's good to hear that the opposing captain has respect for the Kenyan team," Tikolo told reporters in Hambantota. "I'll pass that message to the boys so obviously tomorrow the guys will be pumped up. We are here for look to play good cricket and be competitive."

Kenya suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of New Zealand in Ahmedabad in their first game of the World Cup, capitulating for 69 before being thrashed by 10 wickets. Tikolo, while admitting there were a number of inexperienced players in the side, was confident of his team's ability to spark a revival.

"We have a good side a mixture of experience and youth. We have quite a number of young players who have not played in a World Cup before, but very talented.

"The teams that we had in the previous World Cups were teams that had played together since 1996 to 2003 and had gelled well. But if you look at this team we've been together for a short while but it's a talented side," he said.

Kenya was one of the strongest Associate members of the ICC, but since 2003 they've experienced a decline. "We did well in the 2003 World Cup, qualifying for the semi-finals, but we had our own internal problems. Obviously things could have been handled better management wise but right now I don't really want to dwell into that. I just want to look at this World Cup and move forward from there."

Tikolo, last year, had indicated he would not play international cricket again after a dispute with the board but was back in the frame for a place in the national team in August. "What brought me back is the pride of playing for my country," said Tikolo. "I've been around this team for long and playing for this team gives me a lot of pride."

This is Tikolo's fifth World Cup and the highlight so far for him was Kenya's defeat of West Indies in 1996 in Pune. "It's special to win against any Test team but for me what stands out is the 1996 win against the West Indies simply because it was our first time at the international scene and most of us growing up had looked at West Indies as our role models.

"Just to be on the same ground with them was something special and to beat them was extra special."

When asked about the ICC's plan for a ten-team World Cup in 2015, Tikolo said the best way for Associate teams to improve was to play cricket at the highest level on a more regular basis "We don't want to dwell on that right now. Tomorrow we just need to go out and believe in ourselves and our skills and play positive cricket.

"Sri Lanka weren't a top side in the world but once they got opportunities you can see what Sri Lanka is today. Bangladesh they were not a strong side but once they got Test status you see what cricket they are playing right now. It's about playing more games at the top level and playing against better opposition that makes you better."

Tikolo filled in for Kenya captain Jimmy Kamande at the press conference. Kamande was unable to speak to reporters after being hit on the face during throwdowns at practice. However, he's been ruled fit for Wednesday's fixture.

"Jimmy had swelling on his right cheek and he was unable to talk and did not attend the media conference," Kenya's team manager Arjun Vidyarthi said. "Jimmy is being treated with ice and the injury is not all that serious. He will be fit to lead Kenya in their match tomorrow."

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Posted by Powderdubdub on (February 23, 2011, 9:48 GMT)

Pakistan is already making Indian fans happy by losing 2 wickets for 12 runs in 7 overs!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 23, 2011, 9:36 GMT)

Kenya suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of New Zealand in Ahmedabad in their first game of the World Cup, capitulating for 69 before being thrashed by 10 wickets.......Pls wake up and scribble blog like this......The match venue was in Chennai and not in AHMEDABAD

Posted by Saad on (February 23, 2011, 8:12 GMT)

Steve Tikolo is out of his prime and just isn't the same batsmen he was once. Kenya will always struggle to bat 50 overs unless somehow magically Tikolo is 3-5 years younger. They have potential in young players such as Seren Waters and Rakep Patel but unfortunately too inexperienced to rely on. Kenya against New Zealand was completely out of rithym in the batting depart and their bowling had no chance. They have some really talented spinners in the names of Ngoche brothers. James and Shen Ngoche can be a serious threat in these conditions but they will only be hoping they can get some support.

Posted by Shahid on (February 23, 2011, 6:15 GMT)

INSHALLAH Pakistan will win

Posted by shahadat on (February 22, 2011, 19:59 GMT)

icc did not helped kenya, they were most promising team in one point and made into semis too and look at them now. ICC is responsible for it

Posted by Narendranath on (February 22, 2011, 19:59 GMT)

wish to see an upset for pakistan

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 22, 2011, 17:43 GMT)

i think tikolo is day dreaming...if dutch werent able 2 beat poms after such an intresting match than its difficult for kenya 2 defeat pakistan..

Posted by Aamir on (February 22, 2011, 17:22 GMT)

Kenya stands no chance against Pakistan. Pakistan will WIN inshahAllah

Posted by Rakesh on (February 22, 2011, 15:43 GMT)

It is hard to understand how ICC helps Associates to develop. The only way they can help is co-ordinating coaching in schools for young kids. No coaching is initiated in schools and for primary young kids in any of the Associates. KEnya was just parted with some money after 2003 but no commitment taken about the use of money. There has to be accountability of how the coaching and cricketing stuff is carried out in this countries.Kids at a very young age say 5 to 8 years along with their parents must be involved. This includes orientation as well as coaching in primary schools to begin with. Only than interest will be generated and more involvement from parents and kids. By the way there must be atleast 2 to 3 matches on any single day in WC so that minnows are shielded for any bad day and each day of wc made interesting by big game on the same day.Wc must be at the most for 3 weeks not more to keep tempo. By the way atleast 2 associates must be there else it turns into Champion trophy

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 22, 2011, 15:38 GMT)

Pakistan will win InshaALLAH.

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