Uganda Cricket Cranes schedule for the Castle lite series against Namibia has been released. The bilateral series are slated to take place between 2nd-9th April in Windhoek with five matches; three T20 Internationals and two 50-over (Limited Over) matches penciled in.
Both countries are preparing for challenging international engagements in the next couple of months with the Namibians just seven months away from their T20 World Cup campaign in India.
Furthermore, the two countries are preparing for 2022 Twenty20 World Cup qualifying and are deep into 2023 World Cup pathway events.
Uganda are atop of the ICC World Cricket Challenge League B after winning five out five in Oman 2019 and also hunting for T20 global recognition on the African continent.
Cricket Cranes 21-man contingent is set to arrive in Windhoek on Good Friday and will play a T20 in the afternoon on Holy Saturday.
They return to the Wanderers Cricket ground on Easter Monday with two highly-anticipated T20s that will form the core of the series and effect the ICC ranking status.
On April 7, codes will be changed from T20s to the 50-over format as the two nations pit their wits against each other in the day-long format. The other rubber will be played on April 8 before the team flies out of the Hosea Kutako International Airport on April 9.
The short tour has a bumper schedule and it will test the team’s fitness levels, mental fortitude and abilities in the coastal desert nation of Southern Africa.
Cricket Namibia has confirmed that the tour matches will be streamed live as their will be no fans allowed inside the stadium as per the Covid-19 restrictions on sports. All Games and trainings will be played at Wanderers Cricket Ground/ Turf Nets.
Elsewhere, less than a month after Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) handed ‘Grade A’ contracts to 12 players that had impressed since the Covid-19 restrictions on gatherings were relaxed last October, the association has boldly come out to cater for 12 more players that will form the core of the Uganda ‘A’ side.
“We would like to look after everyone. Unfortunately we cannot do it for all of them at once. We have to remunerate them as per the work they put in. In the end, our aim is to cater for 32 players.” exclaimed coach Laurence Mahatlane.
Former U-19 skipper Frank Akankwasa, a hard-hitting all-rounder, has been given the captaincy from an outfit that also has senior player Jonathan Ssebanja, another ex-Baby Cricket Cranes captain Derrick Bakunzi, Richard Agamiire who was part of the successful voyage to Oman for Round One of the ICC World Cricket Challenge League B in 2019 and hardworking paceman Harsh Panchal.
“The selection has been done depending on the hard work and discipline that players exhibited amongst other things that form the team’s culture. I am happy for the guys that have made the cut. Many of them are graduates of the U-19 side. It is a lesson for others not to give up and keep working hard,” UCA CEO Martin Ondeko said.
Uganda’s Tour To Namibia Itinerary
April 2: Arrival in Windhoek
April 3: T20 International (2pm)
April 4: Rest Day/Training (2-5pm)
April 5: T20 International (10am) and (2pm)
April 6: Rest Day/Training (2-5pm)
April 7: 50-over Match (9am)
April 8: 50-over Match (9am)
April 9: Departure
Uganda A Contracts
Frank Akankwasa (captain), Gerald Mubiru, Trevor Bukenya, Jonathan Ssebanja, Siraje Nsubuga, Jonathan Kizza, Rogers Olipa, Derrick Bakunzi, Steven Wabwose, Richard Agamire, Perry Wazombe and Harsh Panchal
Cricket Cranes ‘Grade A’ Contracts
Frank Nsubuga, Simon Ssesazi, Ronak Patel, Fred Achelam, Kenneth Waiswa, Riazat Ali Shah, Cosmas Kyewuta, Dinesh Nakrani, Henry Ssenyondo, Emmanuel Hasahya, Arnold Otwani and Brian Masaba (captain)