Brian Masaba will lead the Cricket Cranes at the forthcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup challenge league group B in Oman slated from November 30 to December 13.
Masaba, a veteran Right-handed batsman has been assigned the captaincy role, taking over from Roger Mukasa after a string of poor results. The new captain has been given the mantle to restore lost glory.
Uganda’s Cricket has of recent been littered with abysmal performances and there are fears that the sport has started sliding in the abyss of obscurity.
The recent heart break that saw the team finish fourth on home soil at the ICC T20 World Africa League finals early this year still rings fresh in everyone’s ears and Masabawill spearhead the fight back. He takes the role after being elevated from vice captain.
“Its a big honour, leading your country is not something small, it’s something am taking seriously and am hoping to do my best and take Uganda a step higher,” Masaba told the-SportsNation.com.
“I feel am ready, its an added responsibility but its something I have done before, I feel I have the skills and management ability to pull it off.
“I am hoping to go all the way, we have set some goals, we have had some disappointments in the past, we decided to do something differently and hopefully we get where we want to be.”
In Cricket, unlike other sports disciplines, captaincy can be a big burden and it brings out all the leadership qualities. Masaba who is taking this role for a second stint, is hoping to benefit from this responsibility to inspire a team that is a blend of youth and experience.
Masaba, confidently added:
“We are going to come from a place of hurt and pain, a big part of this team was in Oman last year, that disappointment will push us to perform much better this time round.”
First up is a tour to Zimbabwe in a build up to the World Challenge league. The 16-man team will be leaving on November 3 and will play five ODIs against select side of Zimbabwe at Takashinga Cricket club.
This tour is expected to fine tune the players ahead of the coming assignments.
“We have found it difficult to get much practice here because of the weather. There is no substitute for game time so these games in Zimbabwe are important to enable guys get time in the middle and pick momentum going into the tournament,” he added.
Cricket Cranes Squad – Roger Mukasa, Frank Nsubuga, Ronak Bharatbhai Patel, Dinesh Nakrani, Jonathan Sebanja, Bilal Hassun, Charles Waiswa, Kenneth Waiswa, Brian Masaba, Henry Ssenyondo, Fred Achelam, Richard Agamire, Bagenda Hamu Kayondo, Arnold Otwani, Shazad Ukani, Riazat Ali Sha.
“This is a pretty strong unit, we have beefed up the batting department as it has been our worry in the past. We have a top six that can beat any side on its day. We are hoping that the guys can execute what we have been practising.
“This is a balanced side, we have two good bowling all rounders who can score valuable runs, a strong spin department as well and three exciting bowlers and we are hoping this can work in our favour.”
John Lubia, Junior Kwebiha, Joel Olweny, Davis Karashani and Frank Nsubuga have also previously captained the Cricket Cranes.