Cricket Hubs gear up for the Inaugural Under-18 Girls’ Inter-Hub tournament


Embarking on a year of dynamic initiatives, the Uganda Cricket Association’s development team, in collaboration with Northerns Cricket Hub (NCH), has enthusiastically undertaken the organization of the inaugural Under 18 Girl’s Inter Hub tournament scheduled from January 24th to 28th, 2024.

This captivating event is set to unfold at St Joseph’s College Layibi in Gulu city, serving as a pivotal platform to empower the prospective Under 19 Women’s team in preparation for the ICC Under 19 Women’s Qualifier in August in Kigali, Rwanda.

The tournament is strategically designed as a selection criterion, offering exceptional and talented individuals an opportunity to be chosen for the Under-19 Girls teams’ training and preparation phase.

Mr. Mutyagaba Grace, the development manager for the Northern region, representing Northerns’ Cricket Hub, conveyed that invitational letters have been dispatched to various hubs, urging them to ready their Under 18 Girl’s Teams for this prestigious competition.

Confirmed participants, including East Enders Sports Hub, Mukono Cricket Community, Soroti Cricket Academy, and Northerns Cricket Hub, are currently immersed in rigorous training, affirming their commitment to this significant event.

Training session at Mukono distric headquartersplay ground ahead of the Gulu tournament.

Training in Soroti ahead of the tournament.

In conversations with the invited hub proprietors participating in the NCH Under 18 Girls T20 tournament 2024, expressions of joy and excitement are evident, assuring cricket enthusiasts of an enthralling showdown that promises to showcase the promising future of Uganda Cricket.

Mr. Turinawe Davis, the development manager for Uganda Cricket Association, highlighted the strategic advantage of early tournaments, emphasizing how they facilitate the identification of top talent and prompt preparations, providing a solid foundation for the selection process.

Coach Yusuf Nanga, at the helm of the Under-19 Girls national team, radiates optimism.

A photo of the Under-19 Girls team, as they were preparing for the world cup qualifiers in 2022.

Reflecting on the team’s absence from the World Cup last year in South Africa, he underscores the significance of commencing preparations early this time around.

Nanga believes that this proactive approach positions the team favorably, offering them an enhanced opportunity to contend for a coveted spot in the World Cup during the forthcoming Kigali qualifier.

Notably, all matches will be live-streamed by Podgal Group, with links shared across social media platforms to enable parents and stakeholders to follow the games and witness the burgeoning talent within Uganda Cricket.

The tournament itself will unfold in a round-robin format over four days, with teams converging in Gulu on the 24th and departing on the 29th of January 2024.

Fixture details are set to be disseminated at a later date.

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