|Full name||Maurice Omondi Odumbe|
15 June 1969 |
|ODI debut (cap 7)||18 February 1996 v India|
|Last ODI||8 April 2003 v Pakistan|
|Domestic team information|
Source: Cricinfo, 8 May 2017
Maurice Omondi Odumbe (born 15 June 1969) is a former Kenyan cricketer and a former ODI captain for Kenya. Odume was suspended from cricket in August 2004 after he allegedly received money from bookmakers.
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.
In the year 2004, he hit a career best first-class score of 207 against the Leeward Islands.
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 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-final as well against India.
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.
Returned to Cricket
He returned to competitive cricket at domestic level in August 2009, aged 40.
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 was also planning to release a song and stood as a candidate for the National Democratic Development Union in the Kenyan general election of 2007.
One-Day International Cricket
Man of the Match awards
|S No||Opponent||Venue||Date||Match Performance||Result|
|1||West Indies||Pune Nehru Stadium, Poona||29 February 1996||6 (30 balls) ; 10–3–15–3||Kenya won by 73 runs.|
|2||India||Captain Roop Singh Stadium, Gwalior||28 May 1998||83 (91 balls: 2x4, 5x6) ; 4.1–0–14–3, 1 runout||Kenya won by 69 runs.|
|3||Sri Lanka||County Ground, Southampton||30 May 1999||2–0–18–0 ; 82 (95 balls: 7x4)||Sri Lanka won by 45 runs.|
|4||Australia||Gymkhana Club Ground, Nairobi||5 September 2002||55 (56 balls: 7x4) ; 10–1–28–0||Australia won by 5 wickets.|
|5||Bangladesh||New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg||1 March 2003||52* (46 balls: 4x4) ; 10–0–38–4||Kenya won by 32 runs.|
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