Uganda’s senior Men national team, the Cricket Cranes has been flagged off to Muscat, Oman.
The team will take part in the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League (WCL) Division III in a bid to earn division II promotion.
The tourney is scheduled to take place from November 7-21. which determines the qualification for the 2023 Cricket World Cup.
The side will be under the guidance of Coach Steve Tikolo.
Uganda will play five matches in a round-robin format with an aim of finishing among the top two – who will progress to Division II scheduled for April 2019 in Namibia.
Uganda’s positioning then will decide its fate as either a First Class or One Day International (ODI) nation. “We have given these guys a platform to deliver,” said Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) chairman Bashir ‘Badu’ Ansasiira.
He added: “We are a growing cricketing nation, and our preparations have involved a number of tours that will help these guys play without stage fright. We are confident in them and wish them the very best.”
Ansasiira also welcomed Endiro Coffee on board. “Endiro Coffee is a big brand with a branch even in USA. Them partnering with us shows our potential as a brand on the rise and some companies are willing to walk the journey with us as we fly the Ugandan flag high,” said Ansasiira.
Uganda skipper Roger Mukasa says they are going to take it one game at a time.
“Obviously the tournament is going to be hard. But we have a good side that can deliver. We just have to listen to our coaches’ instructions and execute the set game plans. This tournament could be the turning point of our lives but we don’t want to play it with pressure.”
Before the team flies out aboard Emirates Airlines on Sunday November 4 afternoon, they will indulge in some Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) work at Mulago Hospital tomorrow November 3 where they will clean wards, visit the children’s ward, share some items/ play toys plus teach and enjoy a mini-cricket exhibition game with the kids of both the hospital and Mulago Zone.
The farewell dinner will be hosted by Endiro Coffee at their Muyenga Branch tomorrow November 3 at 5pm.
2018 ICC WCL DIVISION THREE – OMAN UGANDA’S ITINERARY
Nov 3: CSR (8am, Mulago) & Farewell Dinner (5pm – Endiro Coffee, Muyenga)
Nov 4: Teams Flies Out To Muscat
Nov 5-7: Team Training
Nov 8: Practice & Team Managers/Captains Meeting
Nov 9: Uganda vs. Denmark, OC Turf 2
Nov 10: USA vs. Uganda, OC Turf 1
Nov 13: Uganda vs. Kenya, OC Turf 2
Nov 15: Singapore vs. Uganda, OC Turf 1
Nov 19: Oman vs. Uganda, OC Turf 2
Nov 20: Team Departure
Oman (5th in 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Two)
Kenya (6th in 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Two)
Singapore (3rd in 2017 ICC World Cricket League Division Three)
USA (4th in 2017 ICC World Cricket League Division Three)
Uganda (1st in 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Four)
Denmark (2nd in 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Four)
Roger Mukasa Captain (Batsman), Arnold Otwani (Batsman/Wicketkeeper),
Hamu Kayondo (Batsman), Ronak Patel (Batsman), Dinesh Nakrani (All Rounder), Riazat Ali Shah (All Rounder), Deus Muhumuza (All Rounder), Irfan Mohammed Afridi (Bowler), Charles Waiswa (Bowler), Frank Nsubuga (Bowler), Bilal Hassun (Bowler), Henry Ssenyondo (Bowler), Brian Masaba Vice-captain (All Rounder), Kenneth Waiswa (All Rounder)
Emmanuel Isaneez (Bowler), Fred Achelam (Batsman/Wkt)
Coach: Steve Tikolo Ogonji. Assistant Coach: Jackson Ogwang Oyuku
Performance Coach: Tim Kearsey. Data/Video Analyst: Alvin Bagaya Mboijana
Physiotherapist: Habiba Kulsum Anguyo Media Manager: Innocent M. Ndawula
Team Manager & Head of Delegation: Jackson Kavuma.