|Full name||Maurice Omondi Odumbe|
15 June 1969 |
|Bowling style||Right-arm offbreak|
|ODI debut (cap 7)||18 February 1996 v India|
|Last ODI||8 April 2003 v Pakistan|
|Domestic team information|
|Source: Cricinfo, 8 September 2011|
Born in Nairobi, Odumbe attended Dr Aggrey Primary School and Upper Hill secondary school, where the right-handed batsman and right-arm offbreak bowler showed aptitude for cricket. Odumbe made his debut for Kenya on 4 June 1990 against Bangladesh at Amstelveen at the ICC Trophy, scoring 41 and taking 1/26, and had become one of their leading players by Kenya's One Day International (ODI) debut at the 1996 Cricket World Cup. Odumbe won the Man of the Match Award in one of cricket's biggest shocks, taking 3 for 14 in Kenya's win over West Indies.
Odumbe made his first-class debut in 1998 when Kenya played the touring England A side, making 16 and taking 0/29, and continued to play well for his local Nairobi side, the Aga Khan club. Odumbe was appointed national captain prior to the 1999 Cricket World Cup, winning a Man of the Match award against Sri Lanka for his 82 off 95 deliveries. Passed over for captaincy for Steve Tikolo for the 2003 Cricket World Cup, Odumbe played well as Kenya made the semi-finals, and in the following year he hit a career best first-class score of 207 against the Leeward Islands.
In March 2004, Odumbe was investigated by the International Cricket Council following allegations of possible match-fixing and was found guilty in August 2004 of receiving money from bookmakers and banned from cricket for five years. While commentators at the time believed that the suspension would end his career, Odumbe has stated that he plans to return to cricket once the suspension ends. Odumbe has played 61 ODI matches, scoring 1409 runs at 26.09 and taking 39 wickets at 46.33, and 17 first-class matches, scoring 894 runs at 34.34 and taking 40 wickets at 19.55.
Since his suspension, Odumbe has been heavily involved in fundraising for shelters for AIDS orphans, as well as presenting a weekly radio sports programme and appearing in a number of television commercials. He is also planning to release a song and has announced his intention to stand as a candidate for the National Democratic Development Union in the forthcoming Kenyan general election.
He returned to competitive cricket at domestic level in August 2009, aged 40.
- Nato, K. (2007) "Rebranded Odumbe Now Playing Different Ball Game", The Nation, Nairobi, 17 March 2007.
- Williamson, M. (2004) "Maurice Odumbe", Cricinfo, , Accessed 7 April 2007.
- Daily Nation, 16 August 2009: Odumbe back in action after ban