Tikolo targets cricket world cup berth
07 January 2014, 18:30
Nairobi - The Kenya cricket team jetted out Monday for Christchurch
in New Zealand, buoyant, seeking for qualification to the 2015 ICC
This will be a harder task for the country, which is going through a
revolution in the sport, as they seek their sixth appearance in the
During the last World Cup finals in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan,
Kenya returned home winless and believe the experience will help them
secure a slot in the 2015 event.
Player cum Coach Tom Tikolo is optimistic about Kenya chances.
"We are going to meet teams that we have played before. This
tournament is important for us to showcase that the sport is picking up
in Kenya. We want to make it to the finals and there is only one way to
do that, win in at the Christchurch World Cup qualifiers," said Tikolo.
The New Zealand show is the last qualification round for Associate
Nations and others who failed to make it through Intercontinental Cup.
The qualifiers would involve 10 teams divided into two groups of five
and the top two finishers, after Super Six Stage, advance to the World
Group A consists of the United Arab Emirates, Scotland, Canada, Hong
Kong of China and Nepal, while group B includes the Netherlands, Kenya,
Namibia, Papua New Guinea and Uganda.
The two finalists will take the last remaining spots in the World Cup draw. Ireland and Afghanistan have already qualified.
The group stage of the tournament will be held between Jan. 13 and 23, followed by the Super Six stage from Jan. 26 to Feb. 1.
The schedule for the Super Six stage is based on rankings given to
teams in the group stages. If the top three teams qualify for the Super
Six stage, they retain their group-stage ranking irrespective of their
position in the points table.
However, if a team that is ranked fourth or fifth in the group stage
qualifies for the Super Six, they will assume the ranking of the team
they have displaced.
Kenya will be seeking its sixth appearance in the one day international World Cup.
Cricket Kenya (CK) selectors have recalled a number of veteran
players to the team, including Steve Tikolo, who was recalled from
retire to guide Kenya in the unsuccessful Twenty20 World Cup Qualifiers
campaign played in Dubai last October.
Tikolo replaced Robin Brown, who stood down after the side's failure to qualify for the 2014 World Twenty20.
Also recalled is Thomas Odoyo, a veteran of four World Cup events. He will also participate in the event as player cum coach.
Rakep Patel will assume the captaincy from Collins Obuya. Tikolo has also recalled Lameck Onyango to the team.
Kenya bowling order was a big setback in Dubai and Tikolo said they
have worked on it. "We are good with bowling and hopefully in New
Zealand it will be one of our strong points," said Tikolo.
The captain Rakep Patel is not losing sleep over the big role he
carries. "Our first target would be to qualify for the Super Six Stage
and thereafter we plan ahead," Patel said. "If Kenya can qualify for the
next World Cup, it will be the right step forward. "
"We wasted the first chance to qualify through Intercontinental Cup.
Then we also failed to make it through to 2014 Twenty20 World. This is
now the last opportunity to redeem Kenyan cricket."
Rakep said: "All teams in our group are tough and so we expect very competitive matches."
Top three finishers in the Group "B" join the best three teams in
Pool "A" to form Super Six Stage. Super Six final qualify for the 2015