in

Cricket Cranes off to Namibia

David GOMBE

Three months since they last had a competitive outing at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Africa
Twenty20 Finals in Rwanda, the Cricket Cranes start their 2022 season by renewing their rivalry against Namibia in Windhoek.

The team was flagged off for the Castle Lite series in Namibia on Monday morning at the National Council of Sports headquarters in Lugogo.

The last time Namibia hosted the Cricket Cranes – last April, Uganda were given a proper cricketing
lesson with the former running out
overwhelming winners of the Series.

The tour was a good omen for both countries as Namibia went on to demolish every opponent put before them enroute to becoming the
success story at the ICC T20 World Cup where they signed off by automatically qualifying for this year’s edition in Australia.

For Laurence Mahatlane’s Cranes, they went on to win the ICC Africa Sub-Regional T20 Qualifier A in October and ICC Africa T20 Finals in November in Kigali.

Now both countries renew their rivalries with Namibia fresh from taking on Ireland A (Irish Wolves) and with Uganda having enjoyed training since January 10th and played out 16high-intensity national trial matches.

The morale in the Ugandan camp is also high after the Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) unveiled Plascon Uganda as the new team’s paint partner with a Shs240m package.

Namibia have a second round of Cricket World Cup League 2 encounters to take care of whereas
Uganda will use the tour to prepare for the ICC Cricket World Challenge League B they will host in June with the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier B in Zimbabwe.

Coach Laurence Mahatlane;

“These are exciting times. This is going to be the highest team we have ever played in terms of ICC rankings. They’re ranked 16th in T20I and are already guaranteed a spot in the World Cup. We have the perfect chance to gauge where we are and it is going to be a good experience for the youngsters to experience some tough cricket. We want to see how far we have come in one year since we last played them.” Stated the South African tactician

Captain Brian Masaba had this to say,

“Me and a couple of lads were not in Namibia last time. It is going to be a good test character for us.”

“Namibia have made great strides and they’re a quality side. Hopefully guys are not overawed by the opposition. We will compete and take care of our processes.”

Said Masaba

Six players; debutants Juma Miyagi and Emmanuel Hasahya, captain Brian Masaba (injury), Deus Muhumuza (academic obligations),Richard Agamire and Simon Ssesazi were not part of the touring party last year when the Cranes toured Namibia but have rightfully earned their spots in the side.

Cricket Cranes Squad to Namibia

1.Brian Masaba (Captain), 2. Deus Muhumuza (Vice-Captain), 3. Dinesh Nakrani, 4. Riazat Ali Shah,
5. Kenneth Waiswa, 6. Fred Achelam, 7. Frank Nsubuga, 8. Arnold Otwani, 9. Henry Ssenyondo, 10.
Cosmas Kyewuta, 11. Emmanuel Hasahya, 12. Simon Ssesazi, 13. Frank Akankwasa, 14. Richard
Agamire, 15. Juma Miyagi.

OFFICIALS:

1. Laurence Mahatlane (Head Coach), 2. Jackson Ogwang (Assistant Coach), 3. Shamim Nassali
(Physiotherapist) 4. Alvin Mboijana Bagaya (Analyst), 5. Innocent Ndawula (Media Manager),
6. Jackson Kavuma (Team Manager)

CASTLE LITE SERIES – MATCHES BREAKDOWN

April 8 – T20 International:
2pm-5pm: Uganda vs. Namibia, United Cricket Club

April 9 – T20 International:
11am-2pm: Uganda vs. Namibia, United Cricket Club

April 10 – T20 International:
1pm-4pm: Uganda vs. Namibia, United Cricket Club

April 12: 50-over Match
10.30am-5.45pm: Uganda vs. Namibia A, United Cricket Club

April 13: 50-over Match
10.30am-5.45pm: Uganda vs. Namibia A, United Cricket Club

What do you think?

Written by admin

George Olemu to handle Villa Vs Express tie as match day 24 officials are revealed

Jerseys, four sponsors unveiled ahead of inaugural Prosper Kids league