Saudi visit to help players polish up for Malaysia trip

From the look of things, Uganda Cricket Association vowed to never take things for granted after the country got relegated at the ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division Three championship last May.
Today, nearly all teams are accorded more attention by UCA than usual ahead of international engagements. The feeling of not enough done is still abound the senior men’s national team at it prepares for the ICC WCL Division Four championship in Malaysia next month.
After recent visits to Rwanda, Qatar and India in the last six months, the Cricket Cranes will now host the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in a nine-day Bilateral Series in Kampala.
“We did a lot of purifying in Qatar and India,” said Cricket Cranes’ captain Roger Mukasa. Uganda lost 3-2 in the Qatar Series but was much better with a 7-1 win in the Tour of India.
Top-order batsman Mukasa reckons preparations for the April 28 - May 5 trip to Malaysia still need a test from the Saudis.
“We are not resting,” the Tornado Bee player stated ahead of the four limited-over matches and one T20 tie at Lugogo and Kyambogo starting tomorrow throughout the Easter weekend. “We needed some trials games to help players polish up a few things at individual level.” Mukasa added.
His coach Steve Tikolo does not differ much. “We achieved what we wanted to in (Qatar and India) but the way forward is simple, we have to keep training,” the Kenyan legend said in a recent interview.

The tour

March 28: Saudi team arrival
March 29: Rest day
March 30: 50-Over Match (Kyambogo)
March 31: T20 Match (Kyambogo)
April 1: 50-Over Match (Lugogo)
April 2: Rest Day
April 3: 50-Over Match (Lugogo)
April 4: 50-Over Match (Lugogo)
April 5: Departure

By Darren Allan Kyeyune & Makhtum Muziransa






Uganda Cricket Association is pleased to announce the Under 19 Boys team set to travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the ICC Under 19 World Cup Qualifiers from 13th to 23rd October 2015.


Below please find the team that will represent Uganda the World Cup Qualifiers.


Players: Frank Akankwasa (Kololo SS), Abdalah Lubega (Kololo SS), Derrick Bakunzi (Capt)(Kampala International University),Brian Adriko (Kololo SS), John Gabula (Kyambogo College), Joseph Byaruhanga(Busoga College Mwiri), Zephania Arinaitwe (Busoga College Mwiri),Kenneth Waiswa (Busoga College Mwiri), Collins Okwalinga (Busoga College Mwiri), David Wabwire (Busoga College Mwiri),Ashiraf Majid Senkubuge (Kololo SS),Trevor Bukenya (Luigi Guissani High School),Simon Peter Okecho (Kololo SS), Steven Wabwose (Jinja SS).


Reserves: Ronald Opio (Busoga College Mwiri), Eddie Agaba (Jinja SS)


Officials: Martin Ondeko (Team Manager), Henry Okecho (Coach), Emmanuel Isaneez (Assistant Coach), Dennis Musali (Head of Delegation).


The teams at the tournament are Nepal, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Uganda and The United States of America. Only the best team from tournament will qualify for the Under 19 World Cup in February 2016 after the final on 22nd October 2015


Uganda has made 2 appearances at the Under 19 World Cup in 2004 (Bangladesh) and 2006(Sri Lanka. Several players from these two teams went on to play for Uganda later on.


The team departs from Uganda on 12th October 2015 onboard Emirates Airline and returns on 24th October 2015. The reserves are replacements to members on the final 14 and therefore will not travel with the team.


We believe the team has had good preparations leading to the tournament with the most recent being a residential camp in October and tour to Kenya in September 2015.


We are hopeful that we can make another appearance at the World Cup and request for all the support we can get to achieve this.




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Justine Ligyalingi


Chief Executive Officer.

Uganda bank on batsmen

 Will this Pepsi International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League (WCL) Division III showpiece in Malaysia provide another new dawn for Uganda? 
The Cricket Cranes have on three occasions made the grade from Division III to Division II only to slump back into the former.
Coach Peter Kirsten, the latest in an array of tacticians that have overseen Team Uganda’s progress since their debut during the WCL Div. III in Darwin, Australia 2007 will be hoping this campaign is one that will offer final reprieve. 
Uganda open their account against familiar foes Nepal at Kinrara Academy Oval this morning (4.15am) aiming for a clinical start in pursuit of the desired top-two finish. 
Nepal have won two of the three rubbers between the two top seeds and they will have a slight edge coming into this clash as the six-nation event is hosted in Asian conditions.
But Kirsten has made no secrets about his plan to defy the favourites by unleashing his ‘Big Three’ to counter Nepal’s spinners.
“Roger (Mukasa), Arthur (Kyobe) have been in good nick whereas Hamu (Kayondo) has been looking good at No.3. These are my go to guys. I have instructed them to bat deep and allow the other guys to play their natural games,” the 59-year-old former South Africa Test batsman said in praise of the top order batsmen.
Kyobe and Kayondo weren’t part of the World Cup Qualifier no-show in New Zealand and Kirsten is philosophical they can offer a new dimension to the team set-up.

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Senior Men National team profiles

profiles the team that will represent Uganda at the ICC WCL Div III that will take place in Malaysia after it was moved away from Uganda due to security concerns.

frank nsubuga
Club: Tornado
Age: 34
Batting: Right-hand bat
Bowling: Right-arm off break
A decade of featuring for the senior national side, Franco as he is popularly known is a spin bowler. He will be deputized by Brian Masaba. He takes over from Davis Karashani in the October 23rd to 30th event.
"We are a family and I am happy with the work put in so far, the boys are hungry, confidence is high, we are more focused than ever before and looking forward to the tournament.’

Key for him will be soaking up the pressure especially for some debutants at the big stage.
‘Do your basics well and you will win the game’, believes Nsubuga.

brian masaba
Club: Nile
Age: 23
Batting: Right-hand batsman
Bowling: Right-arm medium
An all rounder who has come into his own by being a regular fixture on the national team side, He is a good fielder and can bat in the middle order. He is your go to guy when you need stability after quick falling wickets. As an assistant captain, more responsibility will come and it will be interesting to see how he handles it.

roger mukasa
Club: Tornado B
Age: 25
Batting: Right-hand batsman
Bowling: Right-arm off spin

Uganda’s opening batsman for the last five years, he has been on great form with three centuries in the local league and has improved his bowling tremendously, he will need to put runs on the board to get Uganda going. Good hooker, cut and drive, used to scoring fast and when that doesn’t happen might be forced to make a mistake but all round a good bat.

deus muhumuza
Club: Tornado
Age: 25 years
Batting: Right-hand bat
Bowling: Right -arm medium
Nick named Baby because of his youthful looks; he has worked himself back on the team after being dropped for the World T20 qualifiers in the UAE last year. Runs well between the wickets, bats well at the death, good arm and as a medium pace bowler, has a lot of variety with his in-swinger. He is also a good fielder. 

daniel ruyange
Club: KICC
Age: 29
Batting: Right-hand bat
Bowling: Right-arm medium-fast 
A bowler who can bat, it has been a long journey for him back to the national team after an injury on his right shoulder that saw him get surgery and sit out a year without cricket, fitness and a lot of hard work has seen him return and will be an important addition if he can last the duration of the tournament.

davis karashani dubai
Club: Tornado B
Age: 27
Batting style: Right-hand batsman
Bowling style: Right-arm off break
The ex-skipper comes into this with lots of experience under his belt. Changing his home club this season has boosted his confidence even more and has been batting longer and picking the runs. He can drive well and loves playing the slog sweep. Tends to turn the ball down the leg-side but will be key on the spin friendly wickets in Malaysia.

lawrence sematimba
Club: Tornado B
Age: 32years
Batting style: Right-hand batsman
Fielding position: Wicket-keeper
Dropped for the (ICC) World T20 qualifiers in the UAE, he has worked his way back on the team. Arguably the man to take on the Benjamin Musoke’s role after his retirement from the national team, he is agile in front of the wicket, he can improvise on all shots and rotate the strike well. Not the biggest hitter on the team by a mile, but plays spins very well.

hamu bageya kayondo
Club: Wanderers
Age: 24
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm bowler
Promoted from the U19 side, Kayondo has come through the ranks fast and will need to deliver at the big stage. Being handed captaincy at his home club has matured him. He works hard and wants to improve, technically can play straight and, good with spin. Perhaps his only flaw comes with attempting to hit the ball hard and sometimes it doesn’t go the distance. 

arthur kyobe pp
Club: Challengers
Age: 26years
Batting style: Left-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm medium
Self confident, when Kyobe decides to bat freely it is a master–class. He has been on form with his club since being dropped from the team for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand sighting indiscipline, all that has fueled him to want to prove a point and that will benefit team Uganda. Criticized for batting for himself and not the team in certain occasions.

Club: TUT South Africa
Age: 28
Batting style: Left-hand bat
Fielding position: Wicket-keeper
A good bat brought in for reinforcement, he did not get as many runs as expected at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand but very consistent and should get runs.

henry senyondo
Club: Charity TF
Age: 21
Batting style: Right-hand batsman
Bowling style: slow left-arm orthodox
The slow turning wickets in the sub-continent favors spin and that is what Ssenyondo provides, having put his injury worries behind him, he should have a good tournament.

jonathan sebanja
Club: Charity TF
Age: 26
Batting style: Right-hand batsman
Bowling style: Left-arm medium-fast
He has come into his own recently and accepts more responsibility, he has improved with bat and bowl and that will be important for Team Uganda.

Club: KICC
Age: 29
Batting style: Right-hand batsman
Bowling style: Right-arm medium
Only recently made his debut on the national team, he gave a good account of himself and comes off as an all-rounder.

naeem bardai
Club: Hatherley & Reddings (UK)
Age: 22
Batting style: Right-hand batsman
Fielding position: Wicket-keeper
He will be the lead Wicket-keeper and also a good bat. He knows the basics well and a confident young man making his debut for Team Uganda at an International tournament.

peter kirsten
Assistant Coach: MICHEAL NDIKO
Physiotherapist: TANIA LE ROUX
tania le roux

OCTOBER 23-30 2014

Oct 23 4:30am: Nepal v Uganda at (Kinrara Academy Oval) Kuala Lumpur 

Oct 24 4:30am: Singapore v Uganda at (Kinrara Academy Oval) Kuala Lumpur 

Oct 26, 2014 4:30am: Uganda v U.S.A. at (Selangor Turf Club) Kuala Lumpur 

Oct 27 4:30am: Malaysia v Uganda at (Bayeumas Oval) Selangor 

Oct 29 4:30am: Bermuda v Uganda at (Bayeumas Oval) Selangor

Uganda left disappointed after losing Div III to Malaysia

The Uganda cricket fraternity is sad. The International Cricket Council (ICC) yesterday had a change of heart by announcing that Malaysia will now host the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division Three showpiece next month. 
“Every country would have loved to host and gain home advantage,” in a low tone, Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) CEO Justine Ligyalingi told Daily Monitor. 
“We are grateful though that there has been a timely refurbishment of our facilities here,” he said. For many, it was hard to believe as vindicated by posts of several Ugandan cricket lovers on social media.
Back on June 10, Uganda had earned the rights to host the global showpiece, whose top two finishers will get promoted to Division II set for Namibia next year.
UCA received a preparation fund of $5,000 and lots of work on refurbishment of playing venues had been undertaken for the last 104 days with the October 26 - November 2 event nearing. 
But that decision has been reverted. Why? ICC were not guaranteed maximum security after the US Embassy here warned Uganda on looming terror attacks by Somali militants Al-Shabaab following the death of their leader Ahmed Godane. 
Even prior, one of the participating countries USA had threatened to boycott the showpiece in Kampala over the security matter and the Ebola scare on the continent. 
And once the Police reportedly arrested 25 suspected terrorists last week, Uganda’s host rights were eventually trashed.


Previous Hosts
2007: Australia
2009: Argentina
2011: Hong Kong
2013: Bermuda
2014: Malaysia
Past Winners
2007: Uganda 
2009: Afghanistan 
2011: Hong Kong 
2013: Nepal

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