Uganda Cricket Association today unveiled the long awaited new jersey for the Cricket Cranes. The team has been donning the traditional all yellow jersey but the team now has a fresh new red hot look.
Jerry Kibuuka Musoke the UCA board member in charge of the national team explained;
We were looking for a new look that embraces our identity as a very athletic team, strong culture and give us a new feeling of the team.
We were able to get this kit and uniform from Pakistan but have also gotten new equipment from our partners in Australia, India and Dubai.
In the presence of their new sponsor the Cricket Cranes were each introduced to the press by Head of Media Relations Innocent Ndaula starting with the coaches Jackson Ogwang and Micheal Grace Ndiko followed by players and last man out was the captain Davis Karashani.
In a brief Q&A session with the media Ismail Dhakaba Kigongo of the Daily Monitor asked the cricket cranes opening bowler Charles Waiswa why he has gone through so many shirt numbers compared to his mates.
Waiswa Charles in his response gave a brief history about his numerous shirt numbers.
I started with number 16 because my childhood hero Makaya Ntini of South Africa wore the same shirt number, then moved to 56 because I idolized the Newzealand all rounder Scott Styris then when we went to Newzealand for the World Cup Qualifiers I changed to 25 because at the time Mitchel Johnson was in devastating form for Australia.
I have now chosen number 1 as a sign of my comeback from retirement to help the team do well for as long as i can.
The team takes on Canada in their first game on May 23 at Lugogo and all is left for the boys to show us how much they have done since last year.
Team Coach Steve Tikolo is away in Nairobi checking out the other teams that are playing warm up games in Kenya. Oman, Malaysia and Singapore are all playing against Kenya sides before arriving in Kampala for the showpiece.
The 6 nation tournament has Canada, Malaysia, USA, Singapore, Oman and Uganda the hosts.
The top 2 teams will be promoted to Division 2, while 3 and 4 will stay in Division 3 with the bottom 2 demoted to Division 4.
Entrance is free for all fans at all games that will played at Lugogo, Kyambogo and Entebbe Ovals.