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Uganda Cricket Cranes flagged off to Namibia for test series

DAVID GOMBE

Uganda’s senior men’s national cricket team has on Monday, 29th March been flagged off to Namibia ahead of the test series by the National Council of Sports General Secretary Dr.Bernard Patrick Ogwel at Lugogo.

Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) have held the bull by its horns to ensure that their flagship team is ready for the wars lined up at the different battle fronts.
From training sessions that started soon after the restrictions on the gatherings including
sports were relaxed in October last year with the inaugural Uganda Elite League (UEL), a
provisional squad of less than 36 players have been undergoing drills under strict SOPs.

Cricket Cranes Head coach Laurence Mahatlane is excited about the tour

It is an exciting tour as Namibia where we want to be. It will give us the opportunity to see where we are against an ODI team and what areas we still need to work on.”

A total of 36 National Trial Matches; (21 50-over Matches & 15 Twenty20s) have been played at Lugogo and Entebbe Cricket Oval. Aside being rigorous, they have also been equally exciting with a handful of them going down to the wire. UCA and coach Laurence Mahatlane also boosted the technical team with the inclusion of a Strength &
Conditioning coach in Helen Buteme and a new Uganda A coach in Lawrence Ssematimba as well as steering a process that has seen 24 players get contracts thus far.

Now UCA have stepped up the preparations a notch further by working their contacts to make certain Uganda’s Tour of Namibia from April 2-9 the Castle Lite Series. The bilateral series has five matches; three Twenty20 Internationals and two 50-over (Limited Over)
matches penciled in.

Both countries are preparing for challenging engagements in the next months with the Nambians just seven months away from their T20 World Cup campaign in India, while both countries are preparing for International Cricket Council (ICC) 2022 T20 World Cup qualifying, and are deep into 2023 World Cup pathways events. Uganda, who have a decisive outing to Jersey this September, are atop of the ICC World Cricket Challenge League B after winning five out five in Oman 2019. Another dominant show will leave them on the brink of playing One Day Internationals (ODIs).

A provisional squad of 19 players and seven officials enters the bio-bubble in Entebbe tomorrow soon after getting the mandatory Covid-19 Testing. There will be another testing on Wednesday before the final 14-man squad and 7 officials flies to Namibia on April 1.

Cricket Cranes players pose for a photo moment at Lugogo

Uganda’s Tour to Namibia Itinerary

April 2: Arrival in Windhoek
April 3:
2pm: T20 International
April 4: Rest Day/Training (2-5pm)
April 5:
10am: T20 International
2pm: T20 International
April 6: Rest Day/Training (2-5pm)
April 7:
9am: 50-over Match
April 8:
9am: 50-over Match
April 9: Departure

All Games and Trainings Will Be Played At Wanderers Cricket Ground/ Turf Nets

Cricket Cranes Squad For Namibia Tour

Frank Akankwasa, Gerald Mubiru, Trevor Bukenya, Jonathan Ssebanja, Frank Nsubuga,
Simon Ssesazi, Ronak Patel, Fred Achelam, Kenneth Waiswa, Riazat Ali Shah, Cosmas
Kyewuta, Dinesh Nakrani, Henry Ssenyondo, Emmanuel Hasahya, Arnold Otwani (vice-
captain), Brian Masaba (captain), Roger Mukasa, Saud Islam & Hamu Bagenda Kayondo

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