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