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Cricket Cranes Head To Qatar, India Ahead of International Cricket 2019/20 Season

With a bumper international schedule looming, the Cricket Cranes are embarking on two vigorous build-up tours in Qatar and India from February 9th to 26th February 2020 to polish their skills and get some priceless match exposure against reputable franchises.

The Cricket Cranes have been flagged off on Friday afternoon by the National Council of Sports Assistant General Secretary David Katende.

Interim coach Davis Turinawe will use this tour to prepare the side for the Africa T20 Cup slated for March 20th to 28th in Nairobi, Kenya as well as the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers slated for 25th April to 4th May 2020 at venue to be confirmed later.

Uganda is also slated to host the second leg of the ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League B slated in July/August 2020, in Kampala.

The Cricket Cranes fly out to Doha on Sunday, February 9th to play three T20 games and two 50-over matches.

The team will the proceed to Saphale, Mumbai for two 40-over matches before they head to Sanjay Farms Param Veer Cricket Academy in Chikhli, South Gujarat for four more games before returning home on 26th February 2020.

Cricket Cranes Captain Brian Masaaba taking interviews at the flag off

The three T20 games in Qatar have been approved as T20 Internationals by ICC and this gives the team an opportunity to improve on its current 35th place in world rankings.

There will be 14 players on the Qatar Tour with Deus Muhumuza making a return to the team after missing out on the successful campaign at the first leg of the ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League B in Muscat, Oman last December.

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Ten youngsters have been given an opportunity at the senior level with the India leg of the tour having 16 players.

”We would like to thank the India High Commission for the issue of gratis visa for the entire contingent traveling and the Indian Association for their financial support towards the team.

We are very proud of our traveling team and we wish you a successful campaign,” said the National Council of Sports Assistant General Secretary David Katende.

This is the second time the Cricket Cranes will be visiting Qatar as the two emerging nations continue their Bilateral Series and partnership to develop the game in their respective countries.

Qatar, who are also competing in the Cricket World Cup Challenge League A, will use this tour to fine tune their team ahead of the second round of the league that is also a pathway to the 2023 Cricket World Cup in India.

Turinawe will be assisted by Jackson Ogwang. Brian Mark Masaba will captain the side with Arnold Otwani continuing in his vice-captaincy role. The delegation will be led by Uganda Cricket Association Chairman Bashir Badu Ansasiira together with the CEO Martin Ondeko for Qatar and India respectively.

Team Heading to Qatar: 

Brian Mark Masaba (Captain), Arnold Otwani (vice captain), Roger Mukasa,  Charles Waiswa, Kenneth Waiswa, Saud Islam, Henry Ssenyondo, Fred Achelam,  Frank Nsubuga, Richard Agamire,  Deus Muhumuza, Trevor Bukenya, Zephaniah Arinaitwe, Frank Akankwasa.

Team Heading to India:

Brian Masaba (captain), Arnold Otwani (vice-captain), Roger Mukasa, Zephania Arinaitwe, Charles Waiswa, Kenneth Waiswa, Richard Agamire, Trevor Bukenya, Frank Akankwasa, Rogers Olipa, Steven Wabwose, Robinson Obuya, Cyrus Kakuru, Gerald Mubiru, Calvin Watuwa, Jonathan Kizza

Team Officials: 

Bashir Badu Ansasiira (UCA Chairman), Martin Ondeko (UCA CEO), Mr Jackson Kavuma (Team Manager), Davis Turinawe (Interim Coach), Jackson Ogwang,  (Assistant Coach), Alvin Bagaya Mboinjana (Team Analyst), Habiba Kulusumu Anguyo (Physiotherapist), Innocent Ndawula (Media Manager)

CRICKET CRANES ITINERARY

DOHA LEG

Feb 9: Team Travels To Qatar

Feb 10: Arrival in Doha

Feb 11: 1st Match (50 overs)

Feb 12: 2nd Match

Feb 13: Rest Day

Feb 14: 3rd & 4th Match

Feb 15: 5th Match (50 overs)

MUMBAI LEG

Feb 16: Travel to India

Feb 17: Arrival in Mumbai

Feb 18: 1st Match (40-overs)

Feb 19: 2nd Match (40 overs)

SANJAY FARM LEG

Feb 20: Travel to Sanjay Farm

Feb 21: 1st game (40 overs)

Feb 22: 2nd game (40 overs)

Feb 23: Rest Day (CSR Work)

Feb 24: 3rd game (40 overs)

Feb 25: 4th game (40 overs)

Feb 26: Team returns to Uganda

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