It is now close to two decades since Kampala Institute of Cricket Clubs (KICC) won the Men’s National Division One 50-Over League title.
That lull is attributed to several factors, some of which included a decline in interest among the club’s top bosses.
However, things changed two years ago when a rejuvenated KICC signed 12 new players. That propelled them to winning the Division Two title and earn promotion to the topflight.
Last year, the Sudhir Ruparelia-financed KICC were near relegation as they finished in sixth place.
And despite an opening five-wicket loss to holders Tornado Bee at Kyambogo Oval last weekend, KICC skipper Hanumant Katkar believes they can go on to win this year’s league crown.
“Look, we only lost to Tornado Bee because players weren’t that familiar with one another,” Katkar told Daily Monitor.
The 1998 winners KICC signed Cricket Cranes duo Arthur Ziraba and Frank Nsubuga from Tornado, Siraj Nsubuga joined from Challengers while Hamza Saleh returned from a year’s sabbatical.
Veteran Nsubuga struck four boundaries and two maximums in a 70-ball 41. But KICC managed to set a meagre 101 runs in 37.2 overs, a target Tornado Bee met inside 24 overs.
“All we need now is to alccamatise with with one another,” Katkar said, “Going by the signings and in comparison with other teams, we are bettered equipped in batting and bowling. Therefore, we should mount a bigger challenge this year.”
But while Ruparelia awaits his money’s worth in season dividends, KICC’s opponents won’t wait for them to gel. And thus another more competitive season is on the cards.