Charles Waiswa. Peter Penna photo
Left Arm medium pace bowler Charles Waiswa was part of the Uganda team that played at the 2006 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
Waiswa remembers the tournament held in Sri Lanka with conflicting feelings.
In one of the warmup games, he bowled out Eoin Morgan who was then playing for Ireland. Morgan later switched allegiance and represented England.
In 2019, The Irish-born Morgan captained England to the 2019 World Cup triumph on home soil, and was later appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).
“My best moment was playing in that 2006 Youth World Cup and bowling out the current England One Day Captain Eoin Morgan,” Waiswa told this Website.
In the same tourney, Waiswa managed to share the oval with Tamim Iqbal, David Warner, Shakib Al Hasan, Martin Guptil, Sarfraz Ahmed, Usman Khawaja, Mushfiqur Rahim among others.
The 2006 tourney is also responsible for moulding the futures of Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Angelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dean Elgar, Moen Ali etc – all have gone on to become top class and renown cricketers. Can the same be said of Uganda players since?
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Appearing for the second time after the 2004 debut, the 2006 tourney was the last for Uganda at any World Cup tourney in Cricket.
The progress for Uganda players has not been significant and Waiswa has blamed administration for Uganda’s poor development.
“We faced many teams then including test playing nations. What comes to my mind is only if administrators had the game at heart, we would be rolling with them at the same level,” Waiswa comments.
“But then again, we are a third world nation and we cannot see things at the same level as Australia, England and India.
If he was holding an important office in Sports, Waiswa says that he would start with building structures and creating a great working environment for athletes.
“I would also source for exchange programs with best sporting nations in the world, look after athletes in the best possible way for without them there is no sport.”
Waiswa’s worst career moment was when he fell sick on a plane to Argentina.
He remembers: “It was terrible that I never recovered in time to play in any game. I remember being treated in the hotel room for the entire tour because I could go to hospital because I didn’t have medical insurance.”
Charles Waiswa – Fact-file
Name: Charles Waiswa
Born: December 29, 1987
Batting: Left Handed
Bowling: Left Arm medium-fast
Schools – Magwa Primary School, Jinja SS, Makerere College
Teams – Jinja Association of Cricket Club, Tornado, Partidar Samaji, Tornado Bee, Aziz Darmani, Rwenzori Warriors, Stray Lions (Kenya), Delfos (South Africa), Killarmash Juniors (England), Crescents (Singapore), NPCA Select (Kenya)
Achievements – Cricket Week Championship (3), National league titles (10), Nairobi Provincial Super League (3), East Africa Premier League, Singapore Premier League, National T20 League.
National Team – World Cricket League Division three Championshio