About forty-five million shillings has been raised for the construction of a grass wicket at the Jinja Senior Secondary school oval.
The development was revealed by the Uganda Cricket Association chairman Bashir Ansasiira on Saturday after a friendly clash between the Jinja and Kampala Bagurusi.
The Jinja group led by UCA trustee Ranman Keshwala won the match 161/4 in 19 overs.
Ansasiira disclosed that a total of Shs 45 million had been fundraised to construct the wicket.
“We have many partners that have come on board for this good cause. We have at least Shs 45 Million set aside for this project thanks to our partners; Keshwala Group, Jinja SSS and Nandkishor Patel. Many others have also shown their desire to be part of the project
including Aziz Damani. This is the way to go if we are to make cricket become the most loved and number one sport in the country,” the chairman said, as quoted by the UCA.
UCA Secretariat’s Grace Mutyagaba confirmed that works at the facility is scheduled to start in September.
She also revealed that the association had ordered a number of artificial turfs to be installed in schools around Jinja in order to
ease the burden on Jinja SSS oval ahead of the commencement of the works.
“We want to take the burden of hosting Jinja games from Jinja SS Oval to other institutions so that we can start the grass wicket
construction. We ordered for 10 astro-turfs (Shs4m each) from South Africa and once they arrive and we lay them in our targeted schools then we shall know that we have somewhere to host the Jinja games
from. We believe the astro-turf exercise will be done by August to pave way for the grass-wicket works in early September. That’s all
that is holding us back,” she said.
Photo: Jinja Bagurusi captain Ranmal Keshwala and his Kampala
counterpart Paul Nsibuka during a toss before the friendly at Jinja