After five months of literally quietly going about their preparations, Uganda senior men’s team ‘The Cricket Cranes have embarked on a new long but exciting journey that could see them end in India for the 2023 International Cricket World Cup.
Today on Friday morning, the Cricket Cranes has been flagged off for a short trip Muscat – Oman for the ICC Men’s World Cup challenge League B that runs from November 30th to 13th December in the Sultanate of Oman.
Uganda will lock horns with five other nations, neighbouring foes Kenya, Jersey, Bermuda, Italy, and Hong Kong in group B.
The top placed team or winner, after the three legs, will progress to the next round of qualification. The teams will play at least 15 ODIs each scheduled across three different rounds.
The first round will take place in Oman while the second round will be held Uganda next year while the third round will come in 2021 at a venue yet to be announced.
Coach Steve Tikolo’s men have to at least finish among the top four teams by the end of the rounds to maintain their place in the challenge League, as the bottom two sides will be relegated to another qualification tournament.
“Our expectations are high and it will be a tense championship as the teams we shall face are good but we shall take one game at a time. The players know what they are expected from and I’m hopeful they will deliver as our target is to win all the five games.”
Said coach Steve Tikolo during the team’s flag off.
Uganda have their work cut out and the Uganda Cricket Association Board have left no stone unturned in their bid to full prepare the team.
Coach Tikolo and his assistant Jackson Ogwang have their technical bench boosted by former player Richard Okia, who is the travelling selector for this tour.
Brian Mark Masaba must engage clinical mode for his first competitive tour which is his second stint as captain after the recent Tour of Zimbabwe.
“We are a good side and what matters now is to remain positive because it’s what matters as per now and leave the past performances. This time around we have the experience because we have ever been in the same competition and we believe we shall go there and execute.”
Cricket Cranes captain Brian Masaba said in an interview.
The selected 14 players were all part of the build-up Tour of Zimbabwe with Hamu Bagenda Kayondo missing due to injury. His absence has however, created space for youngster Kenneth Waiswa, who will be anxious to show his batting prowess.
Only left hand batting maestro Shahzad Kamal, medium pacer Richard Agamire and wicket keeper Achelam Fred will be on a maiden visit to Oman.
The team was flagged off by the National Council of Sports Assistant General Secretary David Katende.
Team Uganda Squad
Brian Masaba (C), Roger Mukasa, Arnold Otwani, Kenneth Waiswa, Frank Nsubuga, Shahzad Kamal Ukrani, Dineshkumar Nakrani, Ronak Patel, Richard Agamire, Bilal Hassun, Riazat Ali Shah, Charles Waiswa, Henry Senyondo, Frank Nsubuga
Rsserves: Jonathan Ssebanja, Robinson Obuya
Coaches: Steve Tikolo (Head Coach), Jackson Ogwang (Assistant Coach)
Team officials: Jackson Kavuma (Team manager), Kabib Kulsum (Physiotherapist), Richard Gideon (Selector), Alvin Mboijana Bagaya (Analyst), Innocent Ndaula (Media manager)