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Cricket Cranes squad for T20 World Cup qualifiers named

Uganda are the Africa Region B, runners up. (Agency Photo)

KAMAPALA – The Uganda Cricket Cranes squad for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup African qualifiers has been named by head coach Steve Tikolo.

Tikolo believes the players selected are the Country’s best in the format of the game and should be able to achieve the bare minimum of finishing among the top two nations that will progress to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier in United Arab Emirates (UAE) scheduled for October 11 to November 3, 2019.

“We have picked the best players that we believe will do the job for the country, said Tikolo.

“These guys have worked hard and earned the right to represent their country.

“They know their roles and what’s at stake. We as coaches have done our bit and hopefully, the guys will execute the set game plans whilst being able to enjoy their individual games.

19 year old Zephaniah Arinaitwe has been included on the team and is set to make his competitive ICC event debut at the senior level. The youngster has recently enjoyed short stints with the senior national team following an illustrious career with the U-19 side was named in the Cricket Cranes squad for May 17-25 tournament.

Arinaitwe is one of the four changes from the side that helped Uganda qualify from the Africa B (East Africa Region) tournament at Gahanga International Stadium in Rwanda last July where Uganda finished runners-up to Kenya to earn the right to play at the continental qualifiers.

The U19 opener is joined by all-rounder Rogers Olipa, returning Emmanuel Isanez, and utility batsman Arnold Otwani as the new faces.

The MVP from the regional qualifier Riazat Ali Shah and Best Batsman Dinesh Nakrani alongside veteran spinner Frank Nsubuga are in the side that will be skippered by Roger Mukasa who promised a better show at home following a debacle in the 2017 Division III WCL.

“It is not going to be an easy tournament but we know what to expect and are ready for the challenge, said Mukasa.

“We disappointed our fans in 2017 when we didn’t do well here at home but we promise better by playing smart cricket so as to finish among the top two nations.

“That is our main goal, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t want the trophy.”

Participating Teams

Botswana (Winners Africa ‘C’ Regional Qualifier)

Namibia (Runners-up Africa ‘C’ Regional Qualifier & Division II World Cricket League championss)

Ghana  (Winners Africa ‘A’ Regional Qualifier)

Nigeria (Runners-up Africa ‘A’ Regional Qualifier)

Kenya (Winners Africa ‘B’ Regional Qualifier)

Uganda (Runners-up Africa ‘B’ Regional Qualifier)

Tournament Itinerary

-17 May 2019: Teams Arrival

18 May 2019: Official Practice, Captains Trophy Shoot & Tournament Meeting

Tournament Fixtures

-19 May 2019: Namibia vs. Botswana – 9.30am, Lugogo

19 May 2019: Nigeria vs. Ghana – 9.30am, Kyambogo

19 May 2019: Uganda vs. Kenya – 1.50pm, Lugogo

20 May 2019: Ghana vs. Namibia – 9.30am, Lugogo

May 2019: Kenya vs. Nigeria – 9.30am, Kyambogo

20 May 2019: Uganda vs. Botswana – 1.50pm, Lugogo

21 May 2019: Kenya vs. Ghana – 9.30am, Lugogo

21 May 2019: Namibia vs. Uganda – 9.30am, Kyambogo

21 May 2019: Botswana vs. Nigeria – 1.50pm, Lugogo

22 May 2019: Reserve Day

23 May 2019: Nigeria vs. Namibia – 9.30am, Lugogo

23 May 2019: Botswana vs. Kenya – 9.30am, Kyambogo

23 May 2019: Uganda vs. Ghana – 1.50pm, Lugogo

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