The Cricket Cranes made their way back to Uganda on Sunday after an unconvincing tour of India that spanned twelve days.
The tour concluded with another defeat- a 35-run loss to Omtex on Friday- which was their seventh of the tour.
The Cricket Cranes were as good as only two wins, but interim head coach Jackson Ogwang is adamant lessons and positives were picked.
“We did not get the results we wanted, but we managed to play against different and tough opposition and also play under totally different conditions and wickets. That was a big positive,” Ogwang argued.
He added: “Facing medium pacers who move the ball around and spinners, and wickets taking a lot of turn tested us technically and gave us clues on a few technical aspects to fine tune.
“So despite not getting the required results, we come home with valuable lessons. The target was to learn new things as much as possible. We discovered many of our strength as a team and areas of weakness that we should address.”
It might be argued that the Cricket Cranes performed the way they did because they missed at least seven of the first team members.
Dependable all-rounder Dinesh Nakrani joined the team at the end of the tour and played just two games while top order batter Ronak Patel featured just in one, but other reliable all-rounders in Riazat Ali Shah and Alpesh Ramjani, and fast bowler Bilal Hassun took no part in the games.
Opening bowlers Juma Miyaji and Cosmas Kyewuta could only manage one game- the last one. The former three were not in camp with the team, however Miyaji and Kyewuta were. Their unavailability was due to a recovery they were undergoing.
When this website inquired about the duo’s progress, Ogwang emphasised that there should be ‘!nothing to worry about’.
“Juma and Kyoto (Cosmas Kyewuta) are back bowling; nothing serious to worry about. Only a few muscles to strengthen and ensure that they keep doing alot of mobility, flexibility and agility exercises with our S&C coach and physiotherapist.”
Fresh injury concerns were realized in the final game. Opening batter Roger Mukasa and captain Brian Masaba retired hurt in that game, and despite picking four wickets in that game, Kenneth Waiswa could not continue as he sat out Uganda’s innings.
“The bad news is a few injuries were picked up that’s why you saw us batting with 10 players in the last 5 games. Mukasa, Ronak, Shredeep, Sebanja, Masaba and Kenny (Waiswa) picked up injuries.
“The physiotherapist is looking at all of them and will give us a report soon about the length of their recovery.” Ogwang said of the injuries.
The tour was part of the Cricket Cranes Preparations for their maiden World Cup. Uganda will be among the 20 teams that will participate at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in West Indies and the United States starting June 1.
The Cricket Cranes are in Group C alongside New Zealand, Afghanistan, PNG and co-hosts West Indies.