Jackson Ogwang, the Cricket Cranes interim head coach, has attributed his team’s poor start in India to ‘lack of confidence’.
The Cricket Cranes in preparations for their maiden World Cup are in Saphale Maharashtra, India for a 12-day tour,
but their opening three games have been somewhat eye opening.
While closely contested games, Ogwang’s team has been the second best in all the three games they have played. They first lost to National CC by 2 and 7 wickets in the first and second game respectively on the opening day before going down by 2 runs to Omtex ICWC on Saturday.
A few notable characters have been witnessed like Ronald Lutaya who has consistently scored runs for the team in this tour, Kenneth Waiswa who had bowling figures of 3/5 in the first game and who has also chipped in with the runs, and Henry Ssenyondo who bowled 3/29 in the third game, but Ogwang insists it is the lack of confidence that is behind the losses.
“I think we have played really well, but we haven’t applied the winning touches,” Ogwang who took over Laurence Mahatlane in October on an interim basis said.
“We are not bowling the right lines and length (pace bowlers). We are bowling so many boundary balls and using less variations.
“We need to instill confidence and belief in ourselves. It’s not a skill thing, but an execution thing. If we can get confident, we will surely execute.
“Remember we are playing our 6th, 7th and 8th choice medium pacers.”
Speaking of his squad selection, Bilal Hassun, Dinesh Nakrani, Alpesh Ramjani and Riazat Ali Shah, some of the dependable members of the team are not with the side in India.
As such, David Wabwire, Jonathan Sebanja and debutant Innocent Mwebaze have taken the pacing responsibility.
Opening bowlers Juma Miyaji and Cosmos Kyewuta travelled with the team, but haven’t been involved in any game.
The two pacers who are just returning to the team from their respective injuries are racing against time to regain full fitness before the World Cup bowls off in June.
“We are in the gym, work is ongoing. They are looking sharper.” Ogwang told this website when asked about the progress of the duo.
Ogwang and his side take a one-day break. They will return to action on Monday against MCA at the Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana ground.