After a six year’s absence, all-rounder Patrick Ochan has won favour from national men’s cricket team coach Johan Rudolph to make the team that heads for a 10-day trip to South Africa.

Ochan has been given a chance to win back his place after Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) were satisfied with his returns at South Australia-based clubs Western Eagles, Woodville CC and Sturt CC.

The Australia-based player, makes the cut to the side alongside Raymond Otim for the September 20-30 tour to Pretoria.

They will play six 50-over and two T20 matches against local sides including the Limpopo Cricket Academy.  

Despite having no contract with UCA, Otim’s spin bowling that thrived Uganda’s franchise Knights to finishing second at the East Africa Cup (EAC), earned the Tornado player a fresh comeback to the side. He finished EAC’s best bowler with nine wickets.

Otim was part of the team that defeated Argentina to win the ICC World Cricket League Division III title in Darwin, Australia back in 2007.

Otim is also remembered to have taken current England captain Alaistar Cook’s catch when the two sides faced off at the 2004 ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup in Pakistan.

An England side, that had the likes of Tim Bresnan and Ravi Bopara won by 213 runs.   

TEAM TO SOUTH AFRICA: Arthur Kyobe, Roger Mukasa, Hamu Kayondo, Selowa Mukobe, Davis Karashani (cpt), Frank Nsubuga, Richard Okia, Charles Waiswa, Jonathan Ssebanja, Arnold Otwan, Brian Masaba, Henry Ssenyondo, Raymond Otim, Patrick Ochan, Abraham Mutyagaba


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