Thomas Odoyo

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Thomas Odoyo
Personal information
Full name Thomas Odoyo Migai
Born (1978-05-12) 12 May 1978 (age 40)
Nairobi, Kenya
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right arm medium-fast
Role All-rounder
Relations Ken Migai (brother)
Nelson Odhiambo (nephew)
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 5) 18 February 1996 v India
Last ODI 30 January 2014 v Scotland
ODI shirt no. 55
T20I debut (cap 7) 1 September 2007 v Bangladesh
Last T20I 24 November 2013 v Afghanistan
T20I shirt no. 55
Domestic team information
Years Team
2009/10 Southern Rocks
2005-2007 Africa XI cricket team
1996-2004 Kenya
2008-2009 The Northern Nomads
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC List A
Matches 136 11 41 203
Runs scored 2,420 95 1,525 3,772
Batting average 23.49 9.50 26.75 25.14
100s/50s 1/8 0/0 2/8 1/17
Top score 111* 22 137 111*
Balls bowled 5,649 216 4,475 8,092
Wickets 145 11 87 216
Bowling average 29.89 15.45 25.37 28.27
5 wickets in innings 0 0 3 1
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 0
Best bowling 4/25 3/17 5/21 5/27
Catches/stumpings 28/– 5/– 13/– 46/–
Source: Cricinfo, 11 May 2017

Thomas Odoyo Migai (born May 12, 1978 in Nairobi) is a former Kenyan cricketer and a former ODI captain. He is a right-handed batsman and a right-handed medium-fast bowler, often regarded as the best ever bowler produced by Kenya in international arena.

International career

Having represented Kenya in the 1996 World Cup, Odoyo's performances have since been critical to the team. His powerful batting throughout the middle-order and his seam bowling has led to Kenyan commentators labelling him the "Black Botham".[1] Odoyo has since formed a bowling partnership with Martin Suji, and in 1997–98 set a then-world record One Day International (ODI) seventh-wicket stand of 119 with Suji's brother Tony.

He was the first player from a non-Test nation to score 1,500 runs and take 100 wickets in ODIs.[2] Though injury forced him out of the Carib Beer Cup in 2003–04, he played once again for the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy

Odoyo performed well in Kenya's tour of Zimbabwe in 2006. He scored a few runs and took 8 wickets in 4 matches as Kenya drew the series with Zimbabwe at 2–2. In Thomas Odoyo was selected as captain of The Northern Nomads franchise in Kenya's domestic cricket competition the Sahara Elite League.

Coaching career

Odoyo was appointed the national cricket team's assistant coach under Robin Brown as well as head coach of Kenya national under-19 cricket team in September 2012.[3][4]

In March 2016, Odoyo was named as interim head coach of Kenya national cricket team replace Sibtain Kassamali. His support squad former teammate Lameck Onyango [5]

In February 2018, Kenya finished in sixth and last place in the 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament and were relegated to Division Three.[6] As a result, Odoyo resigned as coach of the Kenyan team.[7]


  1. ^ Thomas Odoyo, England Cricket Board, retrieved 24 February 2011
  2. ^ "When Trumble made 'em tumble". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  3. ^ Odoyo back as assistant cricket coach
  4. ^ Coach Odoyo calls for age-group cricket
  5. ^ Odoyo, Onyango to coach Kenya team
  6. ^ "UAE win ICC World Cricket League Division 2". International Cricket Council. 15 February 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Kenya captain, coach and board president resign". ESPN Cricinfo. 22 February 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2018.

External links

  • Thomas Odoyo at ESPNcricinfo
  • Thomas Odoyo at CricketArchive (subscription required)
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