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Cricket Cranes team for World Twenty20 qualifiers named

The Cricket Cranes will are to take part in the ICC World Twenty20 Africa B Qualifiers (Photo by Agency)

Batsman Roger Mukasa will continue to lead the National Men’s senior Cricket team, the Cricket Cranes. This was confirmed after the team was summoned on Thursday evening

Mukasa who was made the team captain on April 2018 ahead of the 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Four tournament in Malaysia, has also been given that role when the team heads to Rwanda.

The Cricket Cranes are on their way to Rwanda for the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 Africa B Qualifiers.

The qualifiers are set to be played at the Gahanga International Cricket Stadium, with Uganda opening up their campaign against Kenya on Saturday afternoon.

Hosts Rwanda and Tanzania are the other participants, with the tournament set to be played as a round Robin with the top two finishers progressing to the ICC World T20 Africa Regional Qualifiers slated for 2019.

Mukasa assured Ugandans that his side will scoop one of the two slots available:

“Twenty20 cricket is viewed as our natural format of cricket because we like to hit the ball very hard. We have trained very well, the batsmen are in top form and the guys believe in their abilities.

“Like I promised before we travelled to Malaysia in May, I assure Ugandans that we shall qualify among the top two teams in Kigali and win the trophy, as well.

It should be remembered that Mukasa led his side to triumph in Malaysia as the Nation returned to Division three.

The Traveling Players:

Roger Mukasa (captain), Brian Masaba (vice-captain), Hamu Kayondo, Dinesh Nakrani, Deus Muhumuza, Riazat Shah, Irfan Afridi, Henry Ssenyondo, Frank Nsubuga, Kenneth Waiswa, Fred Achelam, Charles Waiswa, Bilal Hassun and Ronak Patel.

Non-traveling reserves: Simon Ssesazi and Derrick Bakunzi

Fixture:

Thursday, July 5: Teams & Officials Arrive

Friday, July 6: Captains Photo Shoot & Opening Ceremony

Saturday, July 7: Kenya vs. Uganda, 10.30am

Sunday, July 8: Uganda vs. Tanzania, 10.30am

Monday, July 9: Rest/Reserve Day

Tuesday, July 10: Uganda vs. Rwanda, 2.50pm

Wednesday, July 11: Tanzania vs. Uganda, 10.30am

Thursday, July 12: Rest/Reserve Day

Friday, July 13: Rwanda vs. Uganda, 2.50pm

Saturday, July 14: Uganda vs. Kenya, 2.50pm

Sunday, July 15: Departure of Teams

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