UGANDA TO HOST WORLD CRICKET CHALLENGE LEAGUE ROUND 2 IN 2020

The ICC today announced that Uganda will be hosting the second round of the World Cricket Challenge League.

The announcement was made via an ICC media release after a meeting by the board. There were many announcements made after the meeting but the highlight for Uganda is the decision to award them the right to host the second round of the Challenge League.

The Challenge League was created last year to replace the World Cricket League (WCL) that was based on Divisions. The final WCL tournament for Uganda was in Oman where we finished at the bottom of Division 3 and this position earned us a slot in Group B of the Challenge League. Uganda is the same group alongside Jersey, Hongkong, Italy, Bermuda, and neighbours Kenya.

The 1st round of the Cricket Challenge League Group B will be held in Hong Kong this year from November 29 to December 10. The ICC is yet to make a decision on whether the tournament will be hosted in Hongkong due to unrest there.

This is the second time Uganda will be hosting a major ICC event after the successful WCL in 2017.

The relatively low cost of hosting events makes Uganda a destination for major events. The local events have also helped Uganda raise the profile of the game while they promote the event.

Prepared by: Denis Musali

Hong Kong To Host First Round Of The World Challenge League

Hong Kong have been ear marked as hosts of the first of three rounds of the newly created World Challenge League. The World Challenge League was created to replace the old World Cricket League Division format with the premise that associate nations will be to get more playing time. 

The World Cricket League Div 3 tournament in Oman in 2018 Uganda was place in Pool B of the World Challenge League alongside neighbours Kenya, Italy, Bermuda, Jersey and Hong Kong. The six nations will get a chance to play over 15 ODIs against each other over 30 months will the team at the top of the table at the end of the round robin format going on to compete for a shot at the 2023 World Cup with the top associates. 

The Cricket Cranes have had a forgettable international experience since 2017, apart from the success in Malaysia in 2018 when they won the Div 4 title they have failed to put up a credible performance in any other international competitions. The ICC Africa T20 World Cup qualifier in Kampala was the last competition for the cricket cranes where they missed out on qualification for the next round of qualifiers finishing a dismal fourth out of the six nations. 

Steve Tikolo has a lot of work to do with the team ahead of the first round in Hong Kong, with some experienced players opting out of selection due to work and family commitments he will need to fast track apt of young players into the side. 

The first round of the World Challenge League will be held from Nov 25th to Dec 10th. Home side Hong Kong has made changes to its technical bench with Irish Legendary fast bowler Trent Johnson appointed as captain. 

The Cricket Cranes also started non residential training under the guidance of Steve Tikolo and his assistant Jackson Ogwang. A squad of 26 players was invited to start training which will be cut down to 18 at the end of he 1st month of training. 

By Denis Musali 

International Cricket Council's Edward Fitzgibbon Gives UCA a big ago ahead in Organizing the ICC Div III World Tourney

International Cricket Council-ICC tournament, inspector in charge of ICC development and events management Edward has no doubts ICC's choice for Uganda to host the ICC Division III tournament was a right one.

After three days of Ovals and Pitch inspections, Edward who landed into the country last Monday told the media Thursday morning that the country has excellent play surfaces for any Cricket player to play on.

Taking the media through his inspection experience of the three lined up Ovals to host the tournament games, he said Entebbe Oval has a good play wicket ground and its field is also leveled and playable.

Coming to Lugogo Oval, the official said there is no doubt Lugogo Cricket Oval is the very best that Uganda has at the moment and while talking about the facility located just below National Council of Sports Offices undergoing renovation, he said it's one of the best Ovals in the East African region if not the best itself.

Fitzgibbon however expressed his skepticism on the Kyambogo Oval. It has a good and playable wicket but somehow its surface is bumpy but between today and October, UCA will have worked on its surface, the hopeful Edward told the media.

One other big concern by the ICC official was that UCA still has a lot of work to upgrade their facilities and put them to the very best of the standards as required by ICC playing field standards.

On the question of whether Uganda is better off than other countries that placed their host bids, Edward said at least the conditions in Uganda are almost the same like those in Bermuda and Nepal countries that had also bid to host the tournament before it was handed over to Uganda.

Its almost the same situation everywhere and there is no doubt Uganda will have the tournament organized successfully, he retaliated.

Uganda has also been a good associate member of ICC and ACA so there is no doubt ICC had to award UCA the rights to host this very important tournament, he added.

Edward, who could not hide his skepticism about the facilities in Uganda, said the tournament will give UCA something to learn from the top ranking ICC umpires and players who will descend to Uganda this October for the tournament.

Edward and Sean, the ICC security manager are in the country to authenticate the ability, security and capacity of the local UCA Ovals.

This inspection exercise that was done over three working days enables the inspection team and the host nation address a host of issues. They scrutinized the facilities and addressed any security concerns to ensure that the tournament runs smoothly come October.

Security meetings have been scheduled with different groups which include the police, national council of sports, embassies and the high commissions for the respective countries that will take part in the ICC Division III tournament.

The two ICC officials then will make their recommendations to the Uganda Cricket Association on what they feel should be done and also make a comprehensive report to their bosses at ICC.

The ICC tournament is scheduled for 26th October to 2nd November 2014.

Hosts Uganda, Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore, United States of America and Bermuda are the six national teams to compete in the event. The top two earns promotion to the lucrative ICC World Cricket League division II.

By Daniels N. Tatya

Uganda to host ICC WCL Division 3

Six teams will compete in the event, with the top two earning promotion to ICC WCL Division 2

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that Uganda will host the ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 3 from 26 October and 2 November 2014. 

Six teams will compete in the event, with the top two earning promotion to ICC WCL Division 2, which will be held in early 2015. 

Uganda will be joined by Bermuda, Nepal, USA and the top two teams from WCL Div. 4, which will be played in Singapore from 21 to 28 June. 

This is the first ICC WCL divisional event to be played in Uganda.
 
The full schedule, squads and match officials for the tournament will be released in due course.

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