The Cricket Cranes will be heading to Namibia for the Castle Lite Series against the hosts Namibia. This will be the third visit for the Cricket Cranes as they test themselves against the Eagles of Namibia. Namibia is the highest-ranked associate nation in T20 cricket at 13th in the World and the hosts should give the Cricket Cranes a good test.
The Cricket Cranes will be in a confident mood after winning the inaugural Continent Cup T20 in Nairobi. Brian Masaba will continue to lead the side but the side will be missing Roger Mukasa who has failed to recover from a hamstring injury, Ronald Lutaaya comes in to replace him. Siraje Nsubuga who had an impressive debut in Nairobi makes way for the returning Juma Miyagi. Ronald Lutaaya, Alpesh Ramjani and Robinson Obuya will be making their 1st visits to Namibia with the Cricket Cranes.
On their last visit to Namibia last year the Cricket Cranes lost the T20 series 2-1 and drew the ODI series 1-1 and Coach Laurence Mahatlane believes this is another opportunity for his team to show how far they have come.
“It’s an exciting opportunity to test ourselves against an ODI team and a team ranked 13th in T20I’s. Of the 11 T20 games we have lost out of 54 over the last 3 years 5 of them gave been against Namibia and 1 each against Netherlands and PNG … so we need to see how much smarter have we become against experienced opposition. Also to keep building on the experience of Windhoek conditions on and off the field and this will hopefully benefit us when the qualifiers happen there from the 20th of November
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The tour will run from June 4th-13th and will feature 4 T20i and 2 ODI matches. All the games will have a live stream available.
The tour is part of the process to prepare the Cricket Cranes for the 2024 T20 World Cup Qualifiers in November in Namibia.
The Final 14: Brian Masaba ©, Kenneth Waiswa, Juma Miyagi, Ronald Lutaaya, Simon Ssesazi, Obuya Robinson, Dinesh Nakrani, Alpesh Ramjani, Riazat Ali Shah, Henry Ssenyondo, Cyrus Kakuru, Frank Nsubuga