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Last Updated:  Thursday, 20 March, 2003, 21:36 GMT
Tikolo predicts bright future
Captain Steve Tikolo believes Kenyan cricket is bound for the top after the side's World Cup campaign stalled just one match from the final.

Kenya, 1000-1 outsiders when the tournament began, beat three Test-playing nations - Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe - on their way to a semi-final spot.

Tikolo finished the tournament with consecutive half-centuries
I hope we will get some young players coming through after the World Cup
Steve Tikolo
But they were denied a trip to the tournament showcase after a comprehensive 91-run defeat at the hands of India in Durban.

"The boys played pretty good in this tournament and hopefully from now Kenyan cricket goes to the top," Tikolo said.

"If we put the structure in place it will carry on because we've received so many messages from back home - the whole country has stood behind us."

Tikolo stressed that the side needs more experience if they are to repeat their World Cup feats in future.

"Coming into the World Cup we had only played 18 one-day internationals, which is not good for a tournament of this magnitude," he went on.

Kenya must also look for a new generation of players, as the ranks are gradually thinned.

Former captain Asif Karim, 39, is one player who will not return for Kenya, having come out of retirement for this tournament.

And star leg-spinner Collins Obuya revealed to BBC Sport that he was considering a career as a doctor because of the poor pay on offer to cricketers.

The team take home $500,000 (319,600) in prize money, a total that is to be split solely amongst the 15-man squad.

"I'm not sure if there are going to be any other retirements," said Tikolo.

"It is up to the individuals themselves to make their decisions, but I hope we will get some young players coming through after the World Cup."

After six weeks in the spotlight, Tikolo expressed relief that the pressure was finally off his team of semi-professionals.

"There was a lot of pressure on us and we were starting to feel it. It definitely had an effect on us," he added.

"We handled the pressure pretty well, but it got more and more difficult to concentrate on cricket."





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