kenya's captain weds November 25, 2004

Hitesh Modi gets married

Derek Otieno

Hitesh Modi's wedding - Rear Left to right: Two brothers Nimesh and Dipesh, and mother Arunaben. Front left to right: Sharmilee, Hitesh and father Subhash signing the marriage book © Getty Images
Hitesh Modi, Kenya's captain, had a big reason for missing the battering that his team went through in the hands of Scotland at the International Cricket Council Intercontinental Trophy in the United Arab Emirates.

Hitesh, son of Subhash Modi, one of the leading umpires in Kenya married Sharmillee Saujani at the Kadwa Patidar Hall in Harrow, north London in a traditional Hindu ceremony that was attended by dozens of people from the two sides of the relationship.

Modi stepped into the shoes of Steve Tikolo immediately after the team returned home from the ICC Champions Trophy in England. Hitesh's father, a former chairman of the Kenya Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association (KCUSA), read tributes of his son from the cricketing community the world over, including personal messages from India captain Sourav Ganguly and his Pakistan counterpart.

Hitesh and his newly wedded wife flew to the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius for their honeymoon.