Nairobi:Steve Tikolo said on Tuesday he was stepping down as Kenya cricket captain four days after leading his team to qualify for the 2011 World Cup in the sub-continent.
The 37-year-old batsman offered to play on with the team for the next two years before retiring.
"I told the boys before the last qualifying game against the Netherlands in Potchefstroom that this would be last match as captain," Tikolo told AFP on his return from South Africa.
"It has been a privilege being captain for the last seven years. I believe this is the right time to give a younger player the chance of leading Kenya into the fifth successive World Cup," he said.
"I will be 40 at the time and I will not be in the right frame to play," added Tikolo, who credits reaching the semi-finals of the 2003 World Cup as the highlight of his career as Kenyan skipper.
He made his ODI debut appearance against India in Pune in February 1996 and he went on to score 3,168 runs averaging 31.05 from 116 matches.
He was named captain in 2002 replacing the disgraced Maurice Odumbe who was suspended for five years after being found guilty of match-fixing.