The road to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup resumed on Wednesday with fitness tests for the Victoria Pearls ahead of the Global Qualifiers in April.
Twenty two players in that regard were summoned; among those is Naome Amongin who earns her first call up for the national team.
Prior Wednesday, Amongin had never been involved with any national team be it the U19, but with the kind of season she had in 2023, her selection was inevitable.
The 18-year-old inspired her school Olila High to the Girls Schools Cricket Week title, and was very instrumental as Olila finished second in the Women’s T20 League mid last year.
Individually, Amongin’s stellar all-round display earned her the league’s MVP award, and she was also most recently named Soroti’s best during the Soroti Cricket Academy awards.
Her failure to make the cut for the squad that took part in the Kwibuka Memorial last year was a bit of a surprise considering her peers Jimia Mohammed, Lorna Anyait and Malisa Ariokot did, but good things happen to those who wait.
She’s finally earned herself that call up, and with a visible smile, she delights in the call up.
“I feel elated because for some good time, it has been my big dream to at least be on the national team. Being called to train with the national team is a big achievement for me as a player.”
Amongin went ahead to reveal what has kept her dream of playing for the national alive.
“The thing that has pushed me to do better is self motivation and motivation from other players. I realized that I can do better in whatever I do on the field so it pushes me to do what is right.”
Amongin is joined by Kevin Amuge and Immaculate Nandera- all from Soroti Cricket Academy- as new entrants.
The three and the entire team are gearing up for the World Cup Global Qualifiers that will happen in Dubai in April.
The Victoria Pearls are trying to emulate their male counterparts, the Cricket Cranes by qualifying for a first ever World Cup.