Maurice Odumbe

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Maurice Odumbe
Personal information
Full name Maurice Omondi Odumbe
Born (1969-06-15) 15 June 1969 (age 47)
Nairobi, Kenya
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Role batsman
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 7) 18 February 1996 v India
Last ODI 8 April 2003 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Years Team
1995/96–2003/04 Kenya
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 61 17 102
Runs scored 1409 893 2363
Batting average 26.09 34.34 26.85
100s/50s –/11 3/3 1/14
Top score 83 207 119
Balls bowled 2237 2016 3968
Wickets 39 40 88
Bowling average 46.33 19.55 33.88
5 wickets in innings 4 1
10 wickets in match n/a 1 n/a
Best bowling 4/38 6/64 5/38
Catches/stumpings 12/– 14/– 34/–
Source: Cricinfo, 8 September 2011

Maurice Omondi Odumbe (born 15 June 1969) is a Kenyan cricketer who was suspended from cricket in August 2004 after he allegedly received money from bookmakers.[1]

Early life[edit]

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.

Playing Career[edit]

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.

Later life[edit]

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.

Returned to Cricket[edit]

He returned to competitive cricket at domestic level in August 2009, aged 40.[2]

See also[edit]


  • Nato, K. (2007) "Rebranded Odumbe Now Playing Different Ball Game", The Nation, Nairobi, 17 March 2007.
  • Williamson, M. (2004) "Maurice Odumbe", Cricinfo, [1], Accessed 7 April 2007.
  1. ^ "I never stole anybody's money, yet I was given five years'". Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Daily Nation, 16 August 2009: Odumbe back in action after ban