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Do it for Tikolo, urges Kamande

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March 19, 2011

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Steve Tikolo celebrates his half-century, Kenya v Scotland, Kenya T20 Tri-Series, 6th match, Nairobi, February 4, 2010
Steve Tikolo has called time on his long international career, and will bow out after Kenya's game against Zimbabwe © Thota Sreenivas
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Kenya captain Jimmy Kamande has urged his team to give veteran batsman Steve Tikolo a fitting send-off against Zimbabwe at Eden Gardens on Sunday. Tikolo, 39, has been an integral part of all five of Kenya's World Cup campaigns and has announced that he will retire after the current tournament, the match against Zimbabwe his last for Kenya.

"We call him 'Gunnzie' (one who bats like a gun)," said Kamande. "He is a legend. He is the man, actually, who made me play one-day international cricket and he is the one who made us qualify for the first time in the 1996 World Cup. I remember watching him play in the qualifiers in 1995 and we owe a lot to the guy. Hopefully, we will send him off with a win."

A towering figure in Kenyan cricket and for a time widely held to be the best batsman outside the Test arena, Tikolo played his first representative match for Kenya against Zimbabwe in Nairobi in 1993 at the age of just 21 - a match that Kenya actually won by three wickets - and top-scored with 65 in Kenya's first ever World Cup game, against India at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack in 1996.

He was also part of the Kenyan team which pulled off an upset win over West Indies in that tournament, and captained Kenya to the Semi Finals of the 2003 competition. Kenya's leading runscorer in ODIs by a distance, Tikolo has amassed 3,411 runs, including three hundreds, and has also taken 94 wickets with his offspin.

Kamande also expressed his disappointment over Australia captain Ricky Ponting's remarks that Associate cricketing nations shouldn't be involved in the World Cup. "What is disappointing is that someone like Ricky Ponting saying that Associates don't need to be here (in the World Cup)," said Kamande. "We need to keep improving and all we need to do is to play good cricket.

"This tournament is a stepping stone for Kenyan cricket. A lot of guys here have never been to the World Cup, we know what it takes to achieve here, whatever we gain, we take it back home with us and try to improve our performance."

Kamande suggested that his side desperately needed more top-class matches in between World Cups to raise standards."One thing I know for sure is that if we keep playing against the Test-playing nations or their 'A' sides the [improved] performances will be there. But the thing is after this World Cup you might go and never see these teams again so it becomes very difficult.

"If we're going to prepare to play Australia again [in a World Cup] in the next five or 10 years it's going to become very difficult for us [without] regular matches." Since their successful 2003 World Cup campaign, Kenya have played a meagre 12 one-day internationals against the top Test-playing nations, with none at all in the two years leading up to the current competition.


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Posted by Dummy4 on (March 20, 2011, 12:33 GMT)

Good bye Bravo one of the best players in Kenya's team..!

Posted by Miah on (March 20, 2011, 7:19 GMT)

Thank you from my heart Steve Tikolo for your service of Kenyan. Hopefully Kenyan Cricket fan will not forget you. Hats off for you.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 20, 2011, 6:43 GMT)

Kenya has the players who can deliver great performances, but it is just that they are going through a lean phase.....The other day we saw a flamboyant performance from Collins Obuya......... Steve Tikolo was a Kenyan legend....... He deserves a standing ovation for his services to kenya......Hats off to Steve Tikolo...... Long Live Steve Tikolo.......

Posted by simranjeet on (March 20, 2011, 5:23 GMT)

he played fine cricket...!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 20, 2011, 4:19 GMT)

go kenya repeat 2003 atleast for steve tikolo he is a excellent player and give him a fitting bid adieu hopefully kenya will come back strongly in next t20 world cup

Posted by Vigneswaran on (March 19, 2011, 20:17 GMT)

What a disappointing statement by Rickie Ponting!

Posted by Steve on (March 19, 2011, 17:57 GMT)

Steve Tikolo has been one of my heroes since I saw him first time in 1996 WC. Hope he goes out on high note!. He richly deserves it more than anyone on Associate cricketing world. But for the mismanagement from Kenya cricket board, they would have achieved lot more since 2003 WC performance. I hope Steve will continue to guide Kenyan cricket in the future. Not to miss, ICC would be doing a great disservice to cricket if they decide to banish Associates from future WCs. That's no way to promote cricket. Ponting should be more concerned with his batting form before he bows of cricket than supporting exclusion of associates!.

Posted by Cricket Fan on (March 19, 2011, 15:23 GMT)

All of the first I salute Steve Tikolo. If I select 3 best players from Kenya I say they are Maurice Odumbe, Thomas Odayo and Steve Tikolo. And he is a Gentle man. Any way I pray for a great for Kenya because TIKOLO is really a great cricketer.

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