Even with the Cricket Cranes stuttering in recent years, Ugandan cricket has always achieved on the international front.
For the fourth year running, the sport received global recognition as Uganda Cricket Association scooped the Spirit of Cricket Award at the ICC Development Programme Awards 2016 earlier this week.
“The Uganda Cricket Association partnered with Mehta Co. (SCOUL) to use cricket as a vehicle to communicate vital messages to young people on World Hearts Day,” read part of a congratulatory message announced by ICC Head of Global Development William Glenwright.
“Awarded the Spirit of Cricket Award, free health checks and counselling were offered to over 500 participants and members of the community; alongside a day of cricket at the Mehta Cricket Ground,” it continued.
The honor worth $2,000 (Shs7.2m) left UCA thrilled.
“We are delighted to bring another award home,” said UCA Development Officer Grace Mutyagaba.
Mutyagaba was in charge of the award winning event that attracted youngsters from 13 schools on September 29 at Mehta grounds in Lugazi.
“We used to have the tournament on World AIDS Day (December 1) but we changed last year. It gives joy to see some of our efforts internationally recognised,” Mutyagaba added.
By DARREN ALLAN KYEYUNE