Tikolo reinstated as Kenyan captain for ICC Cup

Published: Tuesday, April 19, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Nairobi:Kenyan selectors have reappointed former captain Steve Tikolo to lead the national team in this month's International Cricket Council (ICC) Intercontinental Cup match against Uganda in Kampala.

The 33-year-old batsman had announced his decision to step down after the ICC Champions Trophy in England last September and was among the senior players who walked out of the team over a pay row a month later.

"We have settled on Tikolo for the sake of continuation," said Tikolo's brother, Tom, himself a former Kenyan captain who chairs the national interim selection committee.

The interim committee was put in place after a truce, brokered by the African Cricket Association (ACA), ended a furious battle over the governorship of Kenyan cricket that had embroiled the sport since January.

In addition to Tikolo, the selectors have included two new capped players including 17-year-old batsman Tanmay Mishra for the April 22-24 match in Kampala.

But there was no place on the side for seamer Ragheb Aga who acted as stand-by captain in the semi-finals and finals of the inaugural Intercontinental Cup in the United Arab Emirates last November.

The Kenya squad:

Steve Tikolo (capt), Thomas Odoyo, Kennedy Obuya, David Obuya, Maurice Ouma, Martin Suji, Peter Ongondo, Hitesh Modi, Collins Obuya, Tanmay Mishra, Lamech Onyango, Malhar Patel, Kalpesh Patel, Nehemiah Odhiambo.

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