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Cricket Cranes Flagged Off Ahead of Bilateral Series in Namibia

Uganda’s senior men’s national cricket team (Cricket Cranes) has on Monday been flagged off at the National Council of Sports complex in Lugogo ahead of the Castle lite Bilateral series tour in Namibia next month.

NCS General secretary Dr Bernard Patrick Ogwel conducted the ceremony, flanked by his deputy David Katende, Uganda Cricket Association CEO Martin Ondeko and the press.

The Cranes have a hectic 2021 with several engagements on the international stage. And after a year hampered by the Covid-19 pandemic, the post shutdown era has found the Cricket Cranes with a lot of catching up to do begining with the Namibia tour.

“I salute the Uganda Cricket Association for ensuring that the players have been safe from COVID-19 throughout this pandemic. On behalf of the government, I want to assure full support to the team I their test series ahead of the Challenge League B in Jersey come September. The team won’t be seeking results just but also looking forward to improve on their rankings,” Ogwel noted.

Both Uganda and Namibia are preparing for challenging engagements in the next months with the latter just seven months away from their T20 World Cup campaign in India. Both are preparing for International Cricket Council (ICC) 2022 T20 World Cup and are deep into 2023 World Cup pathways events.

A total of 36 National Trial Matches; (21 50-over Matches and 15 Twenty20s) have been played at Lugogo and Entebbe Cricket Oval under the stewardship of South African coach Lawrence Mahatlane.

“It is an exciting tour as Namibia is where we want to be. It will give us the opportunity to see where we are against a One Day International (ODI) team and what areas we still need to work on,” Mahatlane stressed.

A provisional squad of 19 players and seven officials will enter 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 eight officials fly to Namibia on April 1.

Uganda will tour Namibia from April 2-9 for the Castle Lite Series. The bilateral series has five matches; three Twenty20 Internationals and two 50-over (Limited Over) matches penciled in.

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).

Cricket Namibia have confirmed that the tour matches will be played at the Wanderers Cricket Ground in Windhoek and streamed live as there will be no fans allowed in the stadium as per the Covid-19 regulations. The three T20 Internationals will form the core of the series with a bearing on the ICC rankings.

While in Windhoek, Uganda will reside at the Utopia Boutique, a team-camping residence that is 38km from the Hosea Kutako International Airport and only a four-minute drive from the City Centre.

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

Officials

Lawrence Mahatlane – head coach
Jackson Ogwang – Assistant coach
Habiba Kulthum Anguyo – Physiotherapist
Alvin Bagaya – Team analyst
Innocent Ndawula – Media manager
Jackson Kavuma – Team manager
Richard Okia – Selector
Martin Ondeko – Head of delegation


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