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Tikolo commits to World Cup campaign

Wed, Aug 18, 2010 3:51 PM

Tikolo commits to World Cup campaign
Former national captain Steve Tikolo has announced his availability to represent Kenya at the Cricket World Cup 2011.

The 39-year-old met representatives of Cricket Kenya over the weekend and stated he was available for selection for the event and all international fixtures between now and the tournament which takes place in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh starting in February 2011.

Tikolo, who has played 126 one day internationals for Kenya and has played in four World Cups, is about to take up a contract playing domestic cricket in Zimbabwe. He averages 29.76 in ODI's and has scored 3 centuries and 23 fifties during what is widely regarded the most distinguished career of any player from the Associate countries.

Cricket Kenya Chief Executive Tom Sears said: 'We have met with Steve and he is fully committed to representing his country. Steve is one of a number of players we are talking to about their availability for the Cricket World Cup and beyond.

'Obviously results have been extremely poor in recent months and we have to address that. Ensuring we are selecting from the widest possible pool of eligible players is just one of the steps we are taking. All players will be selected on form, fitness and other criteria and Steve is fully aware that he, or anyone else, is not an automatic selection and he will have to play his way into the squad. What is really pleasing is that he has declared he is willing to fight his way into the team and has rediscovered his desire to play international cricket.'

Steve Tikolo said: 'I am glad that I will have the opportunity to add value to the national team if called upon. It has been frustrating and disappointing to see the poor results recently but I don't expect to walk back into the team based on what I have done previously, I will be working hard to put in the performances that earn me a place on merit.'

National coach Eldine Baptiste said: 'Steve Tikolo is a high quality player and if he can reach the standards he has set previously he will be an asset to the squad. We are in the process of putting together a comprehensive preparation plan between now and the World Cup to address our problems and make sure we can achieve our potential as a side and as individuals.

'There is still time for us to put things right and go to the World Cup and perform at our best, we are not doing ourselves justice at the moment, we know that more than anyone, and we need to work together to make sure results improve.'

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