UGANDA CRICKET ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES INAUGURAL SCHOOLS LEAGUE

Uganda Cricket Association has created a new development competition called The Schools League.

The purpose of the league is to help improve the skills of kids through more competition amongst each other as well as create more playing opportunities for everyone.

In the past, the sport in secondary schools had been limited to the Schools’ Cricket Week which is played once a year and limited in inclusion, particularly for junior players with schools focussed on winning the competition.

However, with the new program, schools will field two teams; the Juniors (S1-S3) and the Seniors (which is open to all) and the association believes that would help raise the level of competition among junior players.

The first edition of the competition will have just eight schools, three from the East that is Busoga College Mwiri, Kiira College Butiiki, and Jinja SSS while Kings College Buddo, Ndejje SSS and Aga Khan represent the Central as Ntare School and Nyakasura School are the representatives from the West.

The League was due to start this weekend but with schools ordered to close for at least a month due to the Coronavirus threat, a new date will be announced by the association.

Prepared by: Franklin Kaweru

Omtex promise more support to Uganda Cricket Association

When Team Uganda made their first-ever trip to India in 2018, they knew nothing about Vijay Patel and his healthy-sport clothing company Omtex.
All they knew was Sanjay Farm’s Swetal Desai who had extended an Olive Branch to Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) through Roger Mukasa and Charles Waiswa whom he had seen playing their trade for the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) XI in 2017.
The brand of cricket displayed by the two senior Cricket Cranes players while in Andhra Pradesh bowled Swetal, who asked the duo to extend a follow-up invitation to UCA.
But when Uganda made its maiden tour they won over more lovers, because of the fearless brand of cricket played with verve and skill, including Vijay.
This relationship between the two (UCA and Omtex) yielded quick fruits with the clothing company designing the current national stripe that is predominantly yellow, a warm-up kit that primarily red and black track-suit with red-stripes.

Good partnership
As a thank you, Omtex gifted UCA, 70 pieces of travelling shirts that national teams that have used as official wear since.
On Uganda’s second visit this year, Uganda has benefitted more from the partnership with Omtex, who provided a set of jerseys, sun-hats and caps for the team to use while on tour. Vijay also offered a set of fielding gloves and a coach from his set-up to tutor the team and six Under 19 players that stayed back in India for extra 15 days (Feb 24 – March 12) in a boot camp. 
“I want to do more to help Uganda develop as a cricket nation,” said Vijay Patel who also gave designer camouflage jackets to Uganda’s best performers on the tour including 16-year-old Juma Miyagi (18 wickets) and batsman Arnold Otwani.
“Maybe in future we grow this partnership to a level where we give you kits bags, fielding kits and training jersey as well as other equipment.”
On a light note, Vijay finished as the best bowler in a Mumbai Corporate League (Agent Jack’s Cup) that his club partakes in.
The six U-19 players in India are scheduled to return just in time for a flight to the World Cup Qualifiers in Windhoek on March 15.

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