Cricket Cranes interim Coach Jackson Ogwang has spearheaded the team’s ten-day camp in Jinja, a crucial phase in their preparations and pursuit of success at the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 scheduled in America and the West Indies this June and July.
During this intensive ten-day camp, the team’s primary focus is on fortifying team bonding, essential to unify the players.
Additionally, they’re engaging in strength and conditioning exercises, with three match days planned, totaling approximately six trial games.
These games will serve as a litmus test to evaluate the squad’s readiness and performance levels.
Post the Jinja training, a squad, based on exceptional performances, will be chosen to participate in the first Uganda tour of the year, set in India at the Omtex Academy, Saphale.
The team is scheduled to depart for India on January 17 to further refine their skills and readiness for the impending World Cup.
Notably, the 26-men squad selected for the Jinja camp sees the return of Juma Miyaji and Cosmas Kyewuta.
Coach Ogwang revealed in an interview that their inclusion follows medical reports indicating their recovery at nearly 90%.
He expressed optimism that their performances in Jinja could potentially secure their spot in the touring team for the India series.
Cricket Squad Overview
Roger Mukasa: Renowned for his consistency in batting and boasting the highest strike rate in the team.
Simon Ssesazi: A promising left-handed opener known for his adaptability and technique in various match scenarios.
Ronak Patel: Exhibits composure and experience, contributing valuable runs during crucial phases.
Robinson Obuya: An anchoring batsman, adept at stabilizing innings in pressure situations.
Ronald Lutaya: Known for his aggressive left-handed batting style, contributing substantially to the team’s scorecard.
Calvin Watuwa: Offers stability with a reliable and composed batting approach.
Steven Wabwose: An emerging left-handed talent showcasing promise in both batting and wicketkeeping.
Riazat Ali: A versatile player instrumental in Uganda’s wins, contributing significantly with bat and ball.
Dinesh Nakrani: A consistent performer, a valuable asset in both batting and bowling departments.
Brian Masaba: The team’s captain, balancing leadership with his all-round abilities in batting and occasional spin.
Alpesh Ramjani: A consistent left-handed batsman displaying versatility with crucial all-round skills.
Kenneth Waiswa: A game-changer known for his impactful performances, often serving as the team’s vice-captain.
Pascal Murungi: Exhibits resilience and contributes to the team’s balance with his all-round skills.
Fred Acellam (wk): Noteworthy as a proficient wicketkeeper and a reliable lower-order batsman.
Cyrus Kakuru (wk): A dynamic wicketkeeper-batsman known for agility behind the stumps and occasional batting contributions.
Frank Nsubuga: An experienced spinner who applies pressure and delivers crucial breakthroughs.
Henry Ssenyondo: Known for his varied left-arm spin, providing depth and complexity to the bowling attack.
Joseph Baguma: An emerging spinner showcasing potential and contributing to the team’s spin options.
Siraje Nsubuga: Adds variety to the spin department, strategizing crucial bowling plans.
Bilal Hassan: An experienced pace bowler known for generating pace and swing, causing trouble to opposition batsmen.
Juma Miyaji: Known for accuracy and control, now returning after a back injury, providing stability to the seam department.
Cosmos Kyewuta: A promising fast bowler returning after a back injury, known for his raw pace and wicket-taking ability.
Jonathan Ssebanja: A left-handed experienced seamer delivering crucial spells across various game stages.
David Wabwire: Recently debuted with the senior side, known for extracting bounce and movement.
Innocent Mwebaze: Showcasing potential with his pace and accuracy as a seam bowler.
Muhammed Shaf: Displays promising skills contributing to the team’s seam attack.
This comprehensive squad embodies a blend of experienced players and promising talents across various cricketing facets, indicating a well-rounded team prepared for diverse challenges on the cricket field.