All rounder Immaculate Nakisuyi will captain Uganda’s Women Cricket team at the forthcoming 2021 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Africa Qualifiers.
The Global Qualifiers will be held in Gabarone, Botswana in September 7-20, a qualification pathway to the 2023 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.
Nakisuyi – a shy but effective right hand batsman – who is the 2018 Uganda Cricket Association lady player of the year, takes over the captaincy from Naomi Kayondo.
Nakisuyi’s detractors will debate whether she has traits of a leader but her ability on the oval has never been in doubt.
Her meteoric rise has seen her play in the UCA Girls Cricket Week for Jinja SS and Masaka SS. She has turned out for Tornado and Aziz Damani winning League MVP accolades back to back.
Suraj Karavadra who will be in charge for his first tournament since appointment as the coach, has named a 14-man squad that is blend of youngsters and experienced players.
Nakisuyi, Consy Aweko, Ritah Musamali, Kevin Awino were among the squad that won the Women’s World T20 Africa Cup in 2017 in Windhoek.
Uganda will compete with other 10 countries including hosts Botswana, Cameroon, Namibia, Nigeria, Malawi, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Rwanda.
The trio of Botswana, Cameroon and Malawi will be making their debuts at the ICC women’s event.
Uganda will be hoping to top the event to advance to the 2022 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier tournament.
Uganda’s Full Squad to Botswana
Players – Immaculate Nakisuyi (Captain), Janet Mbabazi (Vice Captain), Rachel Ntono, Consy Aweko, Esther Iloku, Damalie Busingye, Ritah Musamali, Naomi Kayondo, Proscovia Alako, Patricia Malemika, Irene Alumo, Kevin Awino, Stephanie Nampiina, Evelyn Anyipo.
Officials – Suraj Karavadra (Coach), Alpha Adowa (Assistant coach), Lwiza Nabulwala (Team Manager), Edgar Kazibwe (Team Psychologist) and Shamim Nassali (Team Phsiotherapist).