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Full name Maurice Omondi Odumbe
Born June 15, 1969, Nairobi
Current age 45 years 79 days
Major teams Kenya, Aga Khan Sports Club
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Relation Brother - EO Odumbe
|ODI debut||India v Kenya at Cuttack, Feb 18, 1996 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Kenya v Pakistan at Sharjah, Apr 8, 2003 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Kenya v Pakistan A at Nairobi, Aug 5-8, 2004 scorecard|
|List A debut||1995/96|
|Last List A||Kenya v India A at Nairobi (Gym), Aug 14, 2004 scorecard|
Maurice Odumbe was one of Kenya's genuinely international-class players, an allrounder who could hold his own in the side as either an aggressive middle-order batsman or naggingly accurate offspinner. Ever since he made his debut for Kenya in 1990 he was an automatic choice - he won the Man of the Match award in their sensational victory over West Indies during the 1996 World Cup for his 3 for 14 in his first senior tournament - but his career hit a brick wall when he was slapped with a five-year ban after being found guilty of associating with a known bookmaker.
In 2003 he was instrumental in Kenya reaching the World Cup semi-finals, averaging 42 with the bat and taking nine wickets. When Kenya took part in the Caribbean's Carib Beer Series in 2003-04 he again excelled with bat and ball, hammering a career-best 207 against the Leeward Islands. But then came an ICC investigation and in August 2004 he was thrown out of the game.
Martin Williamson September 2009
Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
Plays of the day from the third ODI between England and India at Trent Bridge
Plays of the day from the tri-series match between Zimbabwe and South Africa
Would he have fared better than the incumbent middle-order batsmen, Root and Ballance?