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.

STEVE TIKOLO: CRICKET CRANES HEAD COACH PARTS WAY WITH UCA

After a disappointing Africa T20 campaign on home turf last May, many people in the cricket circles called for Steve Tikolo’s head.

Uganda Cricket Association, however, chose to stick with the Tikolo to oversee the first leg of the Cricket World Cup Challenge League B in December.

The association was contemplating renewing Tikolo’s contract after the success in Oman where the team won all their games but on Wednesday afternoon they announced the coach will be leaving.

“Stephen Tikolo has chosen not to renew his contract with Uganda Cricket Association,” a statement from the association reads in part.

His contract was due for renewal and negotiations have been ongoing with Steve to stay with us especially after the success in Oman in December 2019 (but) unfortunately, he has made a personal decision not to extend his stay with us despite our interest to continue with the relationship.”

Tikolo has been in charge for three and a half years having joined the national side in 2016.

“In the interim, the team will be handled by Davis Turinawe – a former Cricket Cranes and Under 19 Coach. The process of hiring a new coach will commence soon and should have the position filled by the end of February 2020.”

Mukankusi returns to Lady Cricket Cranes ahead of Africa Tournament

Barbara Mukankusi was one of the pioneer figures of the national women’s team in 2001 and actually is the last standing player from that first-ever assembled unit.
However, in recent years, nature’s call forced Mukankusi to sit aside and following the birth of her third child in 2017, she is back to the national fold.

The top-order batter was named among the 40-man squad that is set for early preparations for the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifiers from May 8-13 in Zimbabwe. “Of late, I have been playing locally but internationally, I last played in 2016,” said Mukankusi.
The veteran’s basis for her selection is the decent batting figures she posted as Pioneer came close to a second Jazz Safari National Women’s League title last year.
“I wanted Pioneer to win the league last year and that’s why I played the way I did. I am only glad the selectors still see potential in me,” stated Mukankusi.

Mukankusi, led the teams for years, reckons there is work to do even if she has history and figures to back her up. “I played last season minus practice because of the busy work schedule and family and we had no coach (at Pioneer),” she said. “(Now) national team comes with full package, coach, I must attend training and so on. I will gain much from this and improve on my performance.”
The training sessions which commence on Monday will have two groups trained in Jinja by Habib Mugalula and at Lugogo by Micheal Ndiko.
The composition is eight from Sixes Challenge champions Olila High, Jinja SSS has seven in, League and T20 queens Aziz Damani have six players as is Soroti Challengers. Olila High School’s Damalie Busingye, too, returns after three-year lull.

FULL TRAINING SQUAD

Rita Musamali, Janet Mbabazi, Rachael Ntono, Immaculate Nakisuyi, Joyce Mary Apio, Stephanie Nampiina, Franklyn Najjumba, Gertrude Candiru, Kevin Awino, Consy Aweko, Carol Namugenyi, Patricia Malemikia, Esther Ilukor, Damalie Busingye, Evelyn Ayipo, Irene Alumo, Leona Babirye, Teddy Ayella, Maria Kagoya, Kevin Amuge, Barbara Mukankusi, Janet Nakiranda, Hope Wanichan, Claire Mushakamba, Mackenzie Ayato, Proscovia Alako, Gloria Obukor, Eunice Alungat, Brenda Nabisalu, Lynet Nakato, Patricia Munguryek, Maria Mwesige, Racheal Achan, Sarah Walaza, Sarah Akiteng, Susan Kakai, Saddick Shakira, Mary Akello, Charity Nyokaru, Eunice Kobusingye Coaches: Habibu Mugalula (Jinja), Micheal Ndiko (Lugogo)

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