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2024 ICC T20i Mens World Cup: Cricket Cranes placed in Group C

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Set between 4th and 30th June 2024 across West Indies and the USA, the 2024 ICC T20 Men’s World Cup will witness the Cricket Cranes placed in Group C alongside formidable opponents: New Zealand, West Indies, Afghanistan, and Papua New Guinea.

The tournament’s structure dictates that the top two teams from each group will progress to the Super 8 stage.

For Uganda to secure a spot in the Super 8, they must strive to finish among the top two teams in Group C, thus earning a berth in the quarter-finals.

When Cricket Cranes played PNG in Zimbabwe.

Notably, their performance in this tournament can also potentially grant them automatic qualification for the next World Cup, underscoring the importance of their standings in this edition.

The Super 8 stage will see the top two teams from each group advancing into two groups of four.

In this phase, teams will engage in a single round-robin format, intensifying the competition, with the top two teams from each Super 8 group earning a ticket to the knockout stage, raising the stakes and drama of the tournament.

Here’s an insightful overview of Uganda’s past interactions with its fellow Group C teams:

The encounters against Papua New Guinea in cricket have showcased remarkable competitiveness, despite Uganda never emerging victorious.

In the recent ICC World T20 Qualifier in 2022 at Bulawayo Athletic Club Sports Ground in Zimbabwe, Uganda posted a commendable 160/4 in 20 overs, only for Papua New Guinea to impressively chase it down with 161/2 in just 16.4 overs, securing an 8-wicket win.

Another instance during the ICC World Cup Qualifier in the ODI format on 16th January 2014 at Pukekura Park Stadium in New Zealand witnessed Uganda posting 105 runs in 35.5 overs.

However, Papua New Guinea displayed dominance by reaching 107/1 in a mere 17 overs, sealing a convincing 9-wicket victory.

These matches underscore Papua New Guinea’s prowess, showcasing their strong performances and command over Uganda in both T20 and long cricket formats, posing a significant challenge.

While Uganda’s encounter with Afghanistan was in the ODI format during the ICC World Cricket League Division Three in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 24th January 2009, Uganda secured a notable victory by 14 runs.

Kenneth Kamyuka’s exceptional bowling figures of 5/36 in 9.3 overs with an economy rate of 3.78 earned him the player of the match award.

The presence of veterans like Frank Nsubuga and Roger Mukasa, who were part of the winning team then, adds experience to the current squad.

Though Uganda’s recent victory against Afghanistan wasn’t in the T20 format, there’s potential to draw inspiration from that triumph to challenge Afghanistan in the upcoming matches, potentially brightening Uganda’s chances of progressing from the group stage.

As for New Zealand and West Indies, Uganda lacks any head-to-head record in any format against these top-class cricket nations, presenting a new and formidable challenge for the Cricket Cranes in this edition.

Background of the ICC T20 World Cup

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, a prestigious Twenty20 International cricket tournament overseen by the International Cricket Council (ICC) since its inception in 2007, is poised to expand significantly in its 2024 edition, accommodating a total of 20 participating teams.

Up until 2022, eight editions of this exhilarating event have unfolded, with only West Indies and England claiming multiple title victories.

The 2021 tournament underwent a relocation to the UAE and Oman due to pandemic-related concerns, witnessing a remarkable triumph by Australia.

As the anticipation builds for the 2024 edition, the roster boasts cricket powerhouses such as England, Pakistan, India, and Australia.

Additionally, the inclusion of captivating host nations like the West Indies and the USA adds to the excitement and fervor surrounding this upcoming tournament.

Furthermore, Afghanistan and Bangladesh have secured spots in the tournament based on their impressive rankings, setting the stage for an enthralling, competitive, and compelling tournament that promises to captivate cricket enthusiasts worldwide.

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