Kenya cricket legend Maurice Odumbe has been appointed as Cricket Kenya's batting consultant.


posted on Jan 25, 2017

Kenya cricket legend Maurice Odumbe has been appointed as Cricket Kenya's batting consultant for a period of three months.

Odumbe, stands out as one of the best batman of his generation will be engaged with all the national teams including senior men and women's sides, the men's 'A' side and the under 19 boys line-up.

He will work alongside his former teammates Thomas Odoyo- the men's national team coach, and Lameck Onyango the women's senior team tactician.

Cricket Kenya's general manager Josphat Muriithi said Odumbe's three months contract is renewable, pinned against deliverables set out in the document.

“Odumbe has signed a contract with Cricket Kenya for three months, and may be renewed or terminated as stipulated in the contract of engagement. Batting is a department our teams need more attention, given the poor show in the last senior men's match against Hong Kong,” said Muriithi.

The four teams train daily and Odumbe who notched up magnificent scores for Kenya in during his time will have tight schedules in his tenure at Cricket Kenya.

“Odumbe will bring vast experience coupled with professionalism in the batting department which he was famous for during his heydays,” added Muriithi.

The 46 year-old top-notch cricketers in the 1990s is renowned for his batting prowess against spin bowling, and should he inculcate this in the current crop of players, Kenya will be well placed amongst the top ICC Associate nation.

Odumbe was elated following his recent appointment and determined to be part of Kenya's return to top cricket.

“I am happy and grateful for my appointment and I thank CK especially the chairlady for bringing me on board. Our players got the talent and mine will be to help fine-tune their batting skill. Working with team coaches as a batting consultant, I am determined to help our men's team to return to top cricketing, and propel the women's lineup to international acclaim,” said Odumbe, former national team captain.

On the crease, Odumbe will be remembered for leading Kenya to her first win in the inaugural ICC Cricket World Cup in 1996 in Pune, India against two-time World Champions West Indies. He is one of Kenya's best all-rounder of all time who once served a five-year ban for alleged match fixing.