World Cup bound-Cricket Cranes have taken their continued preparations for the global showpiece to Sri Lanka for a period of 14 days, commencing on Saturday, 10th February in Galle.
The Cricket Cranes who just nine days ago returned from India from a similar cause will take part in seven T20 games against select sides during their stay in South Asia.
A 15-man squad in that regard has been selected. It includes pacer Bilal Hassun and all-rounder Alpesh Ramjani who were not part of the squad in India.
Ronak Patel and Riazat Ali Shah however, miss the tour, but Innocent Mwebaze who made his national team debut during the Indian tour maintains his spot.
Ronald Lutaya and Fred Achellam who were not part of the team in the Qualifiers last year keep their places as well.
Opening bowler Juma Miyaji whose return from a back injury saw him feature for the Cricket Cranes last month for the first time since July last year makes the squad, but his counterpart Cosmos Kyewuta misses out.
According to Jackson Ogwang, the Cricket Cranes interim head coach, this particular tour will focus on identifying both batting and bowling combinations.
“The plan is to give the boys more game time against tougher opposition and also to fine tune them in terms of skills development and maintenance ahead of the next phase of our preparations which happen to be T20is.
“It is also important that we start finding the right combinations by batting and bowling certain players in different situations to test their progress. Sri-Lanka just like India gives the batsmen the opportunity to face more fast and swing bowlers considering that we are gonna face more quicker pacers than we have been facing.”
Sri Lanka is just one of the many destinations the Cricket Cranes will visit in their quest to ready themselves for their maiden appearance at the senior World Cup.
They will be among the 20 teams that will compete at the 9th edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in West Indies and the United States starting 1-29 June.
Uganda is placed in Group C alongside New Zealand, PNG, Afghanistan and co-hosts West Indies.
The travelling team
Roger Mukasa, Simon Ssesazi, Robinson Obuya, Fred Achellam, Dinesh Nakrani, Frank Nsubuga, Brian Masaba (Captain), Alpesh Ramjani, Kenneth Waiswa, Ronald Lutaaya, Cyrus Kakuru, Henry Ssenyondo, Bilal Hassun, Juma Miyagi, Innocent Mwebaze.
10/2/2024 Arrival in Srilanka
11/2/2024 Practise Session , Galle International Stadium
12/2/2024 1st T20 Match, Galle International Stadium
13/02/2024 2nd T20 Match, Galle International Stadium
14/02/2024 Rest Day
15/02/2024 Practise Session , Galle International Stadium
16/02/2024 3rd T20 Match, Galle International Stadium
17/02/2024 4th T20 Match, Galle International Stadium
18/02/2024 5th T20 Match, Galle International Stadium
19/02/2024 Rest Day in Galle
20/02/2024 6th T20 Match, Galle International Stadium
21/02/2024 7th T20 Match, Galle International Stadium
22/02/2024 Rest Day