CRICKET UGANDA SENDS THIRTEEN U-19 PLAYERS FOR STAR FIELD TOURNAMENT IN NAIROBI

A team of thirteen U19 players was yesterday flagged off to Nairobi, Kenya by National Council of Sports together with UCA to take part in the second edition of the Star Field Tournament.

The team that arrived in Nairobi early this morning and will be led by Jackson Ogwang as the coach and Rokani Slyvester as team manager.

Cricket Uganda in their press release confirmed that the preparation for the 2022 U19 World Cup had started and this tournament was first of many as they look to prepare the next generation of U19 players.

Only four players who were part of the failed U19 qualifiers in Namibia are part of the 13 man squad that travelled to Nairobi.

The team will be led by Nyakasura School Pascal Murungi and will be assisted by Munir Ismail. The eight new faces include 16-year-old Anas Baig son of former Cricket Cranes captain Akbar Baig and Ronald Lutaaya a son of one of the ground staff at the University Oval in Kyambogo.

The starfield tournament will run from August 21-26 and all games will be played on a T20 format.

The finals of the tournament will be held at the iconic Gymkhana Grounds in Nairobi.

Uganda will face sides from Nakuru, Kisumu, Mombasa, Nairobi, India and South Africa.

 

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

BILATERAL SERIES ITINERARY
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

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