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LycaMobile, sponsor of the Cricket Cranes, honors the team with a heroic welcome

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Cricket Cranes players while enjoying a bus top ride organized by LycaMobile

LycaMobile, the official sponsor of Uganda’s national senior men’s cricket team, celebrated the Cricket Cranes as heroes upon their return from the ICC T20 World Cup held in the West Indies and the USA this afternoon.

This event marked a historic milestone for the team, being their first-ever appearance at the World Cup since Uganda became an ICC Associate Member in 1998.

Adding to the significance, the Cricket Cranes secured a memorable victory, defeating Papua New Guinea by three wickets in their second match of the campaign.

Despite some struggles with the bat, the team excelled in bowling and fielding.

Alpehs Ramjani, named in the ICC T20 team of the year for 2023, bowled the first over for Uganda at the World Cup, while the historic captain Brian Mark Masaba claimed the first wicket for Uganda in the tournament.

Veteran Frank Nsubuga, at 43 years old, boasted the best economy rate for Uganda.

Nsubuga while bowling to PNG batters at the World Cup

Cosmas Kyewuta and Miaji Juma impressed with their pace, regularly bowling at speeds up to 140 km per hour.

Uganda’s journey in ICC events began with the 2001 ICC Trophy in Canada and culminated in their World Cup qualification after a stellar performance in Windhoek, Namibia last November.

During the World Cup, Uganda drew attention for their vibrant play and strong team spirit, both on and off the pitch.

“This is a team of national heroes, and we had to honor them with a heroic welcome,”

said LycaMobile Uganda Marketing Director Vikram Lal

 

“The bus-top ride from the airport through town is a small gesture of appreciation and recognition of their efforts at the biggest T20 tournament in the world.

Many teams play cricket – over 200.

Imagine a small cricketing nation like Uganda being one of the 20 anthems sung more than once at the World Cup.

Many teams have gone to the World Cup but have never won a match in five editions.

Uganda did it on their first try.

This is historic, and it’s the reason we celebrate them.”

During the World Cup, the team forged lasting relationships with players from various member nations.

Masaba while receiving a shirt from Kane Williamson (New Zealand captain)

Uganda’s cricket team has undoubtedly made an indelible mark on the sport’s history of the country, and their achievements at the ICC T20 World Cup have solidified their status as national heroes.

Photo Credits: ICC/Getty Images/UCA Media

 

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