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ICC Women T20I World Cup Qualifiers: Two Cricketers to look out for in the Victoria Pearls

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The anticipation surrounding the Victoria Pearls hosting the ICC Women’s T20I World Cup qualifiers reverberates within the cricketing fraternity.

Their 18th spot in the ICC Women’s Team Rankings, accumulated through 39 gripping encounters with 4320 points, stands as a testament to their prowess and commitment to uplifting women’s cricket.

Set against the picturesque lakeside venue, the #JanguNeMuno initiative promises an enthusiastic audience, eager to support the girls and witness a spectacle that’s poised to etch smiles on faces.

This overwhelming support serves as a catalyst for the team’s pursuit to secure one of the two coveted spots at the global stage.

Among the eight nations vying for glory at Entebbe, only Zimbabwe and Namibia hold higher rankings than Uganda.

The challenge is evident, with Uganda aiming to outshine one of these teams in the group and or a knockout stage showdown to clinch a ticket to the Global qualifiers.

Placed in Group B alongside Namibia, Nigeria, and Rwanda, Uganda eyes a spot in the semi-finals and finals subsequently to assert its prowess on the field.

Immaculate Nakisuuyi widely known as a destroyer because of her style, a stalwart in Ugandan cricket, shoulders the responsibility of spearheading the team’s success.

Her current T20I ranking at 88th with a rating of 305, albeit impressive, pales in comparison to her career pinnacle on September 18, 2021, when she soared to 47th with a remarkable rating of 412, a testament to her exceptional skills as a dominant right-handed batter and a versatile off-break bowler.

Nakisuyi (Yellow) swinging the bat to hit the ball.

Nakisuuyi’s journey in the T20 International arena commenced against Scotland on July 6, 2018, and her recent appearance against Hong Kong early this year at the Capricorn Eagles Quadrangular Series 2023, followed by the Kwibuka Tournament underscores her unwavering dedication to the sport, heightening expectations for a stellar performance.

Nakisuyi on a warm up run.

Nakisuyi in Victoria Pearls colours.

In tandem with Nakisuuyi’s prowess, Captain Consy Aweko Nimungu commands the team with her stellar achievements in Women’s Twenty20 Internationals.

Aweko (Yellow) ahead of the game Hong Kong .

Aweko’s 40 wickets in a calendar year showcase her stellar bowling capabilities, while her 5th rank in career economy rate (3.55) underscores her precision and pressure-building skills.

Captain Aweko at a toss in Namibia

Moreover, Aweko’s record of 23 maidens and 13 lbw dismissals globally solidifies her strategic prowess on the field, contributing significantly to her team’s success.

The stage is set, expectations are high, and the Victoria Pearls, fueled by the stalwart performances of Nakisuuyi and Aweko, aspire to script history and secure a place among the cricketing elite in the ICC Women’s T20I World Cup.

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