Tuesday, 11 September 2007
To wipe a tear of the Kenyan cricket fans faces, Thomas Odoyo-Kenya's national cricket team all rounder was named as the winner of the inaugural Associate ODI Player of the Year at the ICC Awards ceremony in Johannesburg.
He managed to fend off the challenge of other short-listed candidates, fellow Kenyan Steve Tikolo, Netherlands allrounder Ryan ten Doeschate and Canada wicketkeeper-batsman Ashish Bagai.
He will be remembered for his efforts were instrumental in securing victory for Kenya at the inaugural ICC World Cricket League Division One in Nairobi last February and he also represented his country at the World Cup in the West Indies in March.
The Associate ODI Player of the Year Award serves to recognise and reward the efforts in ODIs of an outstanding cricketer from the six countries outside the ICC Full Members - Bermuda, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, the Netherlands and Scotland.Each of the six countries was invited to nominate players and an initial 18-strong list of nominees for this award was the result.
I just wish the award would lift the players from the very dismal performances in the last One Day Internationals and 3-nations invitationals they have hosted in Nairobi and Mombasa. My brothers, I believe you ought to be playing Test cricket but alas the powers that be can't just let that happen soon !