Cricket Cranes: Miyagi, Kyewuta On Road To World Cup Fitness

As Uganda begin preparations for their maiden appearance at the World Cup, one of the things that is on the minds of those associated with the gentleman’s game is the fitness of opening bowlers Juma Miyagi and Cosmas Kyewuta.

The duo sat out most of Uganda’s history making season last year due to injuries, but on Wednesday when the team was due for a boot camp in Jinja, the pair was summoned which has given hope to Ugandans.

As of Friday, which was Day three of this camp, both players had taken part in the strength and conditioning sessions, however, Kyewuta was forced to sit out the team’s first two T20 trial games due to a hip niggling.

“We did a test with the physio right after Christmas, and she told me I was 85% fit.” Kyewuta who last featured for the Cricket Cranes in March last year at the Bilateral Qatar Series revealed.

As for Miyaji, despite appearing to have suffered a discomfort on his ankle during the two trial games on Friday, the 20-year-old whose last appearance for the Cricket Cranes came in July during the Castle Lite Series in Namibia featured in both.

“The recovery for me was successful. I had to follow the right procedures the physio told me to do like exercises that strength my back.”

Like the fans, the two players know how important it is for them to be fully fit. Besides who wouldn’t want to be part of the team that will feature at the World Cup for the very first time?

They are, In that regard, thankful to be back in training with the team and are continuing to dedicate themselves to full recovery.

“I was selected to come to camp to gain the 15% and ultimately my full fitness. I will continue doing whatever it takes for me to be ready for the World Cup.” Kyewuta, determined as always emphasized.

Miyaji, like earlier mentioned took part in Friday’s games, and picked three wickets in one of the games. He bowled a combined six Overs, and conceded in total 36 runs.

“I’ve been out for close to three months, and it has helped me recover fully well. I’ve done all it takes to be fit, and I’m really happy to be back in the team.

“I feel excited that I’ve managed to bowl a few Overs in the last couple of days I’ve been here with the team. It is a good sign for me.” He said.

Miyaji and Kyewuta with the entire team will continue their residential training in Jinja for another seven days.

The team at the end of this camp will head to India for another 12 days as they await March’s All-Africa Games that will further prepare them for the upcoming World Cup in the West Indies and the United States.

The Cricket Cranes already know their World Cup group opponents. They will be up against New Zealand, PNG, Afghanistan and hosts West Indies in Group C.



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