The Cricket Cranes’ preparations for the Division II International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League (WCL) tourney due January 17-24 in Windhoek, Namibia negotiate the final bend with a 10-day boot camp in Cape Town, South Africa starting today.
While in Cape Town, the team will get a chance to train at the ultra modern Newlands Park that is currently hosting the third Test between South Africa and West Indies, catch the final two days of the riveting Test and watch the Twenty20 blitz between the two giants on Friday (Jan. 9).
Coach Peter Kirsten’s boys will also have training sessions at Western Province Academy (WPA) and play three rubbers against WPA and Western Province XI but the peak of the boot camp will be presence of legendary South African Test player Gary Kirsten.
Peter and Gary are half brothers but the latter is more famous because he ended his career as South Africa’s most capped player and top Test runs-scorer (7,289) when he called it a day in March 2004 against New Zealand in Wellington.
Gary has also built a niche as a successful coach as he is credited for having taken powerhouse India to the top of the Test rankings during his stint, which ended, quite fittingly, with India’s World Cup triumph in 2011.
Gary, on the invitation of Peter, is scheduled to watch over a couple training sessions, have one-on-one sessions with the players and offer motivational speeches on Jan 13 and 14.
“He (Gary) played this game at the very top level and his presence in our camp is a big boost. He has done it all before and will be easy to believe,” assistant coach Michael Ndiko told Daily Monitor after National Council of Sports (NCS) general secretary Jasper Aligawesa flagged off the team yesterday at the NCS Headquarters in Lugogo.
Skipper Frank Nsubuga, too, made a bold vow about the team’s goals.
“We have been working hard and are looking forward to meet and work with Gary for the next 10 days. We promise to work hard and ensure that we don’t get relegated back to Division III.”
ICC WORLD CRICKET LEAGUE DIVISION TWO - WINDHOEK
UGANDA FIXTURES - JANUARY 17-24
Jan 17: Uganda vs. Nepal (Wanderers Affies)
Jan 18: Namibia vs. Uganda (Wanderers)
Jan 19: Rest/reserve day
Jan 20: Kenya vs. Uganda (United)
Jan 21: Canada vs. Uganda (Wanderers Affies)
Jan 22: Rest/reserve day
Jan 23: Netherlands vs. Uganda (Wanderers)
Jan 24: Playoff finals
TEAM UGANDA FOR NAMIBIA:
F. Nsubuga (captain), D. Karashani, H. Kayondo, A. Kyobe, B. Masaba (vice captain), D. Muhumuza, R. Mukasa, P. Mukobe, A. Mutyagaba, P. Ochan, D. Ruyange, J. Ssebanja, L. Ssematimba, H. Ssenyondo
OFFICIALS: A. Meya (Team Manager), P. Kirsten (Coach/ Technical Director), M. Ndiko (Trainer), T. Le Roux (Team Physiotherapist)
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