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Cricket Cranes in fine tune ahead of the Qualifiers


In their recent 10-day tour to Harare, the Cricket Cranes showcased exceptional form, securing five victories out of six games.

This commendable performance sets a promising tone as they gear up for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

During the tour, the team faced Takashinga Cricket Club in four games, emerging victorious in all encounters. Additionally, they played two night games against Zimbabwe Under 25, winning one and losing one, providing valuable experience under floodlights.

The tour served a dual purpose, acclimatizing the players to the South African weather and atmosphere while aiding some individuals in finding their peak form, crucial for the forthcoming Namibia qualifiers. The squad of 15 exhibited remarkable dedication, each vying for a spot in the playing eleven.

Robinson Obuya, displaying fine form with a 91-run score in the last game of the Zimbabwe tour, aims to carry this momentum forward despite previous struggles during national team trials. His potential inclusion in the starting eleven seems imminent.

Among the notable batsmen, Rogers Mukasa and Ronak Patel showcased their prowess. While some opinions question Patel’s approach, his experience and role in team dynamics cannot be overlooked.

Dinesh Nakrani’s recent 61-run contribution reflects a return to form, a positive sign as the team gears up against Tanzania in the opening encounter in Namibia.

Despite the absence of certain pace bowlers in the team due to injuries, Bilal Hassun and David Wabwire have demonstrated promising bowling skills, raising hopes for the team’s qualification in the World Cup qualifiers.

Experienced players like Jonathan Sebanja and the proficiency of left-handed bowlers Henry Ssenyondo and Alpesh Ramjani add depth and strategy to the team’s bowling options.
The tour also facilitated the coach’s exploration of the wicket-keeping department, experimenting with Simon Ssesazi and Kakuru Cyrus, expanding selection possibilities and demonstrating squad depth.

Further tactical adjustments saw Waiswa Kenneth assuming leadership from Brian Masaba, a move that has proven fruitful for the team. As they transitioned to Namibia, the team remains safe and prepared for the challenges ahead.

The team’s aspirations for World Cup qualification hold special significance for longstanding members like Frank Nsubuga, Roger Mukasa, Brian Masaba, and Henry Ssenyondo. Their commitment to securing a top-two finish among seven competing nations remains resolute.

All matches of the T20 World Cup qualifiers will be available for live streaming on ICC TV. The schedule for the upcoming matches is as follows:

T20 World Cup Qualifiers:

22/11/2023: Uganda vs. Tanzania – 10:30 at Wanderers
24/11/2023: Uganda vs. Namibia – 15:00 at United
26/11/2023: Zimbabwe vs. Uganda – 15:00 at Wanderers
27/11/2023: Uganda vs. Nigeria – 10:30 at United
29/11/2023: Uganda vs. Kenya – 15:00 at Wanderers
30/11/2023: Uganda vs. Rwanda – 10:30 at United

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