World Cup Qualifiers: Cricket Cranes Off To Oman

Cricket National Teams

The Cricket Cranes were flagged off on Friday to Oman as they start their long journey for the 2023 International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup.

The trip Oman is a start for the Cranes who will be competing for the ICC Mens Cricket World Cup Challenge League B slated from November 30th to December 13th.

Uganda will face other five other countries; Kenya, Jersey, Bermuda, Italy and Hong Kong in Group B.

Cricket Cranes were flagged off on Friday. UCA

The winner, after three legs, will progress to the next round of qualification. The first round is in Oman, the second round to be held in Uganda next year while the third and final round will be played in 2021 at a yet to be announced venue.

The Cranes have to at least finish among the top four teams by the end of the rounds to maintain their place in the Challenge League, as the bottom two sides will be relegated to another qualifier tournament.

Cricket Cranes captain Brian Masaba. UCA

This will be the first competitive assignment for Brian Masaba since being appointed as the new captain, taking the armband from Roger Mukasa.

New Cricket Cranes Captain Optimistic

The selected 14 players were all part of the build-up Tour of Zimbabwe with Hamu Bagenda Kayondo missing out due to injury.

His absence has however created space for youngster Kenneth Waiswa, who will be anxious to show his batting prowess.

Cricket Cranes coach Steven Tikolo. UCA

The Schedule:

*2nd Dec; Uganda vs. Jersey, OC Turf 1

*5th Dec; Uganda vs. Kenya, OC Turf 2

*6th Dec; Uganda vs. Bermuda, OC Turf 1

*9th Dec; Uganda vs. Italy, OC Turf 2

*11th Dec; Uganda vs. Hong Kong, OC Turf 1

Cricket Cranes Squad
Brian Masaba (Captain), Roger Mukasa, Arnold Otwani, Kenneth Waiswa, Frank Nsubuga, Shahzad Kamal Ukani, Dineshkumar Nakrani, Ronak Patel, Richard Agamire, Bilal Hassan, Riazat Ali Shah, Charles Waiswa, Henry Ssenyondo, Fred Achelam.

Reserves; Jonathan Ssebanja and Robinson Obuya

*Coaches; Steve Tikolo (Head Coach) and Jackson Ogwang (Assistant Coach)
Team Officials; Jackson Kavuma (Team Manager), Habiba Kulsum (Physiotherapist), Richard Gideon Okia (Selector), Alvin Mboijana Bagaya (Analyst) and Innocent Ndawula (Media Manager)

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