Uganda Cricket Association has summoned a squad of 40 ladies ahead of their World Cup qualifiers due May in Zimbabwe.
The African champions will be fighting to defend their title against the usual competition in hosts Zimbabwe, Kenya, Namibia and other nations.
The Lady Cricket Cranes won the title in 2017 after defeating Zimbabwe in a tense final in Windhoek Namibia. The memorable win earned them the African champions tag as well as a shot the World Cup via the global qualifiers that were held in Netherlands in 2018.
Naomi Kayondo who was part of the winning squad in Namibia misses out due to the fact that she missed the whole of the local due to her studies out of the country. The selection of the squad was based on the performance of the players in the local tournaments in 2018.
Former Captain Barbara Mukankusi returns to the side from maternity leave on the back of a strong 2018 where she scored a bucket full of runs for her Pioneer Cricket Club team.
The other returnee is Damalie Busingye who made a handful of appearances for Rwanda ladies in the past. The run machine for Olila High will be very useful since the loss of Mary Nalule and Saidat Kemigisha.
The squad starts training on Monday with the Kampala group handled by head coach Micheal Ndiko while the Jinja group will be handled by assistant coach Habib Mugalula.
The qualifiers in Zimbabwe will be played on a T20 format for the 2020 World Cup but will also double as qualifiers for the 50-over World Cup in 2023.