Kenya Cricket Team Guide
The Kenya cricket team are associate members of the ICC and are governed by Cricket Kenya. Thanks to their ICC status, they are eligible to play in competitions such as the ICC T20 World Cup, ICC ODI World Cup, and the ICC Champions Trophy.
History Of The Kenya Cricket Team
Kenyan cricketers featured in the East Africa team who became ICC associate members in 1966, the team featuring players from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda played in the first ODI Cricket World Cup in 1975 losing all three matches. The Kenya cricket team then broke away in 1981. They featured in World Cups between 1996 and 2011, remarkably making the semi finals of the 2003 Tournament in South Africa. More recent times have seen a decline with the Kenya cricket team, culminating in them losing ODI status in 2014.
Where Does The Kenya Cricket Team Play?
The venue for the Kenya cricket team is the Nairobi Gymkhana Club.
Former Captains Of The Kenya Cricket Team
Steve Tikolo is widely regarded as the Kenya cricket team’s ever cricketer. A talented batsman and off spin bowler who captained the Kenya cricket team between 2001-2011, famously leading them to the World Cup Semi Final in 2003.
Top Run Scorers In Kenya Cricket Team History
Steve Tikolo scored 3714 International runs for the Kenya cricket team between 1996 and 2014 hitting 26 fifties and 3 centuries.
Top Wicket Takers In Kenya Cricket Team History
Thomas Odoyo took 152 International wickets for the Kenya cricket team in his career which spanned 1996-2014.
Memorable Games For The Kenya Cricket Team
In the first World Cup the Kenya cricket team played in, they produced one the tournaments greatest ever upsets stunning a star studded West Indies national cricket team in Pune in 1996. Things seemed to be going to script when the Kenya cricket team were dismissed for 166. Roger Harper took 3 for 15 and Courtney Walsh 3 for 46 as no Kenya batter passed 29. West Indies conceded 37 extras which was the innings top score, ill discipline they would later rue. In reply West Indies never threatened to chase down the modest score, they were dismissed for just 93. Rajab Ali with 3 for 17 and Marice Odumbe 3 for 15 were the heroes as a batting line up featuring the likes of Richie Richardson, Brian Lara and Shavnarine Chanderpaul were all out in a little over 35 overs.
2003 will go down as the greatest ever achievement for the Kenya cricket team to date as they reached a World Cup semi final. That match was against the Indian national cricket team in Durban. India batted first and after keeping him relatively quiet Virender Sehwag was dismissed by Peter Ongondo for 33 in the 19th over. This brought together Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly who added a pivotal 103 for the second wicket before Tendulkar was dismissed for 83 by Steve Tikolo. Ganguly went on to score an undefeated 111 as India scored a decent but not insurmountable 270 for 4. The Kenya cricket team would need to start well to chase down the target and sadly that wasn’t to be as excellent new ball bowling from Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra saw them reduced to 36 for 4. Tikolo made a battling half century and Collins Obuya showed some resistance as the Kenya cricket team fell short by 91 runs, India progressed to the final where they would lose to the Australia cricket team.