CRICKET CRANES HEAD TO QATAR AND INDIA FOR BUILD-UP GAMES

In preparation for a busy 2020 international season, the Cricket Cranes will tour Qatar and India for the next 20 days.

The team will move in two batches with the 1st batch of 14 players leaving on 9th Feb and will spend six days in Qatar before the next batch of players joins them on the India league of the tour.

Deus Muhumuza who had taken some time of the national team is back into the side and will be on both the Qatar and India trips while Saud Islam will also make his debut for the Cricket Cranes.

Saud Islam who has been one of the most prolific batsmen in the league for the past seasons will need to replicate the same form on the international scene if he is to force his way into the main team.

Brian Masaba will captain the side on both legs of the tour and he will be assisted by Arnold Otwani. Davis Turinawe continues in the interim head coach role before a permanent appointment is made.

Youngsters Jonathan Kiiza, Calvin Watuwa, Robinson Obuya, Gerald Mubiru will get their first chance in a cricket cranes jersey on the India leg of the tour and they will be seeking to make an impression on the interim boss in they are get considered as part of the Cricket Cranes in the long term.

The team will play 3 T20 international games in Qatar and 2 ODIs. The T20 games have significance as they are categorized as international games and therefore there are ranking points at stake for both sides. They will play then play two 40-over games in Mumbai before settling into their Indian base at the Sanjay Farm in Chikhli where they will play four more games.

TEAM TO QATAR: 1. Brian Mark Masaba (Captain) 2. Arnold Otwani (Vice-captain) 3. Roger Mukasa 4. Charles Waiswa 5. Kenneth Waiswa 6. Saud Islam 7. Henry Ssenyondo 8. Fred Achelam 9. Frank Nsubuga 10. Richard Agamire 11. Deus Muhumuza 12. Trevor Bukenya 13. Zephaniah Arinaitwe 14. Frank Akankwasa.

TEAM TO INDIA: 1. Brian Masaba (Captain) 2. Arnold Otwani (Vice-captain) 3. Roger Mukasa 4. Zephania Arinaitwe 5. Charles Waiswa 6. Kenneth Waiswa 7. Richard Agamire 8. Trevor Bukenya 9. Frank Akankwasa 10. Rogers Olipa 11. Steven Wabwose 12. Robinson Obuya 13. Cyrus Kakuru 14. Gerald Mubiru 15. Calvin Watuwa 16. Jonathan Kizza.

Prepared by: Denis Musali.

Sanjay Farm, UCA partner for Cricket Cranes build-up tour

KAMPALA. A busy schedule looms for the Cricket Cranes and Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) have opted to take the bull by its horns in preparation for the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League (WCL) Division IV in Malaysia as well as the Africa Twenty20 Cup in Rwanda.
To get the preparations started, a provisional squad of 17 will tour Qatar and India for invaluable match practice and exposure as they try to execute what they have been doing in training, thanks to UCA’s partnership with Cricket Sanjay Farm’s Swetal Desai.

On the backdrop of Roger Mukasa and Charles Waiswa’s involvement with the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NPCA) Select Team that toured India last year, Desai was overwhelmingly impressed by the pair’s talent and pledged to support the development of cricket in Uganda.
UCA chairman Bashir Ansasiira travelled to India for a special meeting with Desai on December 26 last year and the two high caliber personalities fixed the tour for next month (February 17-23).

Team’s potential
Cricket Cranes Team Manager Jackson Kavuma, who alongside CEO Justine Ligyalingi and Operations Manager Martin Ondeko finalised the tour arrangements, said the purpose of this tour was not only to test the team’s potential.
“We are indebted to Cricket Sanjay Farm and Desai who are going to facilitate a bigger portion of our budget,” said Kavuma.

“The purpose of the tour is to also unleash cricketing skills in the remote part of South Gujarat and it will also hopefully open new dimensions for Uganda cricket.”
Before heading to India, coach Steve Tikolo and his men will camp in Qatar for a series of T20 and 50-over rubbers against the national side that is littered with classy players from India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

SQUAD TO QATAR, INDIA

Batsmen: Roger Mukasa, Hamu Kayondo, Zephaniah Arinaitwe, Simon Ssesaazi, Shahzad Kamal, Lloyd Patternot
All Rounders: Deus Muhumuza, Brian Masaba, Frank Nsubuga, Kenneth Waiswa, Irfan Afridi Riazat Shah
Wicket-Keeper: Fred Achelam
Spinner: Henry Ssenyondo
Pace Bowlers/Seamers: Charles Waiswa, Trevor Bukenya, Bilal Hassan
Reserves: Emmanuel Isaneez, Steven Wabwose.

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By INNOCENT NDAWULA

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