Rudolph monitors his players during training yesterday. Photo by Getty Images/ICC
Abu Dhabi- There was some soul searching after Team Uganda finished its training session at the MCC Nursery Nets in Abu Dhabi yesterday. Skipper Davis Karashani summoned his troops for a meeting that lasted about 30 minutes.
“We needed a moment as players without the team management,” said Karashani when put on the spot by Daily Monitor.
“I wanted the guys to open up about issues they are scared of saying when the team officials are around. We had to rethink our strategies and remind everyone why we are here. It was a good and honest constructive session.”
Karashani, who must beat an 11th hour fitness test this morning to make the playing squad after injuring his groin in the 44-run loss to Canada on Tuesday, will be hoping the talk can turn things around starting with the game against United States of America this afternoon.
USA are renowned big hitters as they boast explosive talents like Timroy Allen, Stephen Taylor and former West Indies Test player Neil McGarell. But Uganda surprisingly has a better record against them.
The Americans have never beaten Uganda in a competitive match save for one warm-up game played before the Division III ICC World Cricket League in Bermuda when USA humiliated the East Africans earlier this year in May.
The worrying bit, however, is that Uganda’s scorecards haven’t made good reading here thus far.
Even the one-wicket win over Italy might have been better but Uganda connived to lose five wickets for 13 runs and needed the heroics of Richard Okia and Charles Waiswa, who featured in a match-winning ninth wicket 50-run partnership.
“The thing is, we have ourselves to blame for the position we are in right now,” said 25-year-old all-rounder Karashani.
“We cannot say that we didn’t prepare well. But we haven’t applied ourselves as a batting unit. We have a chance to change our fortunes starting today. We need to show the fighting spirit that everybody knows us for.”
Coach Johan Rudolph is expected to throw batsman Arthur Ziraba, who arrived yesterday morning, straight into the deep end as an opening batsman as Uganda fights to stay in contention.
ICC TROPHY – IRELAND 2005
USA 236/7 Uganda 237/4
Uganda won by 6 wickets
ICC T20 WORLD CUP QUALIFIER – UAE 2012
USA 123/8 Uganda 124/6
Uganda won by 4 wickets
ICC WORLD CRICKET LEAGUE DIV. III – BERMUDA 2013
USA 304/6 Uganda 118/10
USA won by 186 runs
Uganda 175/10 USA 93/10
Uganda won by 82 runs