SAUD ISLAM, AKANKWASA AND MUHUMUZA MAKE THE MOST OF QATAR TOUR

As the Cricket Cranes move to India, they leave Qatar bruised winning just two games out of the scheduled five.

They were able to win one T20 game and one 50-over game in very tough conditions. The very cold, humid and windy conditions made it difficult for batsmen against the new ball and also taking the high catches in the field.

The Cricket Cranes uncharacteristically put down a lot of chances in the field which led to them having to chase big totals in the games they lost. While the hosts exploited the windy conditions to swing the ball, Uganda’s bowlers had no control with the new ball straying down the leg a couple of times and bowling a lot of full balls.

However, there were some stand out performances. Deus Muhumuza marked his return to the Cricket Cranes with some gusty knocks in the middle order. Youngster Frank Akankwasa, on his maiden tour with the senior side, put in a wonderful all-rounder shift scoring runs as well as picking wickets with his slow bowling. Akankwasa, a former captain of the U19 Cricket Cranes, has taken the opportunity with both hands and he is the perfect replacement for the evergreen Frank Nsubuga.

Saud Islam, though ineligible to play for Uganda yet, was the star of the 50-over matches. He scored a century and a half-century in the two games a further notice to the selectors that he can cope with international cricket.

The Cricket Cranes have switched camp to India where they will be joined by six players from Kampala, Frank Nsubuga and Saud Islam return to Kampala from Qatar with youngsters Robinson Obuya, Gerald Mubiru, Calvin Watuwa and Jonathan Kiiza linking up with the other players in Mumbai.

The team is preparing for the inaugural Africa T20 Cup slated for March 20-28 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Prepared by: Denis Musali.

Arinaitwe, Akankwasa relish learning chance at ICC High Performance Camp

At the turn of November, Uganda’s cricket walked on egg shells after the nation was stabbed in cold blood, breathing to last place at the ICC World Cricket League Division Three in Oman.

With the changing ICC Associate nations’ cycle in line with the ODI World Cup, the Cricket Cranes set-up as well ought to revolve from the long-serving old guards to the new guns. To match that, Uganda Cricket Association CEO Martin Ondeko last month received an invitation for U-19 pair of Zephaniah Arinaitwe and Frank Akankwasa to feature at the ICC High Performance camp in Potchestroom, North West, South Africa from January 14 - February 20.
Having beaten the visa hitches to the Rainbow Nation, Arinaitwe and Akankwasa depart tonight for the priceless experience with other selected talents from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Mozambique and Botswana for the month’s camp.

“They have been rewarded for performing consistently over the last 18 months and we would like to further develop them,” read part of the letter by ICC Africa’s Kuben Pillay.
Primed to be the country’s batting lynch-pin, Arinaitwe was thrilled by the selection. “I earned this call through my hard work. I did my job. scoring runs over the last months,” said a smiling Arinaitwe prior to departure. “I plan to learn a lot of things and I want to prove to them that I can do what I have learnt. I target to score as many tons, if there are matches to play,” added the 17-year-old.

He is in familiar company of Akankwasa. “I hope to learn many things especially my confidence and polish my skills especially batting,” stated the all-rounder. 
Akankwasa is captain of the Baby Cricket Cranes who have already started preparing for ICC U-19 Africa World Cup Qualifiers scheduled for March this year in Nambia.

AFRICA ACADEMY 2019
Uganda Players: 
Frank Akankwasa, Zephaniah Arinaitwe, 
Participating Countries: 
Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, 
Mozambique, Botswana and Uganda.

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