The outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic has had adverse effects ranging from political, economic to even social activities.
Sporting-wise, the crisis has led to suspension of different sports events both in country and abroad.
Unlike today, the Uganda Cricket Cranes and Lady Cricket Cranes, before the pandemic were in preparations for their respective International engagements through which they could be handed daily allowances, meals and monthly dimes in compensation of their efforts.
Hence the Uganda Cricket Association has come out to extend financial support to it’s National team players during this crisis who might have been greatly affected by the endless lockdown.
The Uganda Cricket Association CEO Martin Ondeko confirmed the development in a written statement released earlier this week.
“We decided to extend support to 20 players on the Cricket Cranes training squad and 10 players from the Lady Cricket Cranes squad. Therefore before the end of this week, the players should have received something on their accounts. We opted for the cash option because the food distribution requires a lot of logistics given that the players are spread all over the country.”
“We would have liked to support the whole fraternity but our resource envelope is not that big. We are engaging our other partners to make sure we can try to reach as many people as we can. This help is not limited to just players but we have also take care of our groundsmen, dressing room cleaners and office staff who will all receive their salaries for April,” Read the statement.
International and National Cricket commitments remain hanging in the balance as the pandemic sweeps over every inch of the globe.
Some of the affected activities on the Uganda cricket calendar include UCA Girls Schools Cricket week (qualifiers and championship), UCA Women’s National League Division One and Two slated for September.
Other events whose future remains uncertain include the Uganda Women team tour to Rwanda in June and the T20 league in October/November.