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Tikolo Happy to Play in Zim

FORMER Kenya cricket captain Steve Tikolo hopes his involvement in Zimbabwe’s domestic cricket setup will help develop upcoming players in the country.

Tikolo, regarded as the best batsman ever not to play Test cricket, jetted into Harare on Tuesday to join Southern Rocks –– one of the franchises in Zimbabwe’s new domestic structure.
“I’m obviously happy to pass down the little I have learnt in my playing career,” Tikolo said soon after arrival. 
“If I do that I will be happy. Obviously, when I play cricket I am always looking for new challenges, and playing in Zimbabwe is a big challenge.”
Tikolo is featuring for his new team in a four-day game against the Mashonaland Eagles on Wednesday. He will soon be joined by his Kenya teammate Thomas Odoyo, who is also set to sign for the Masvingo-based franchise.
The 38-year-old Tikolo commended cricket ties between his country and Zimbabwe.
“At board and playing level relations are excellent,” he said. “Obviously in Zimbabwe the standards are better. In Kenya we’ve had our problems with new players coming in all the time and change of personnel.
“More games will obviously help our standards. The more you play the better you get.”
The recent appointment of West Indian Eldine Baptiste as Kenya’s national team coach is a step in the right direction, said Tikolo.
“I have worked with him for two weeks. He is very focused on the job. He wants guys to work hard. Discipline is his work line”. –– Staff Writer.

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