Uganda Cricket Association together with Cricket Namibia have jointly announced their tour which has been dubbed the Castle Lite Series.

The build-up tour will run from April 2-7 with teams playing two 50 over games and four T20 games.

The Cricket Cranes are preparing for the second round of the Challenge League that will be hosted by Jersey in September while the Eagles of Namibia are preparing for the T20 World Cup qualifiers later this year.

With the global pandemic whipping out the international calendar last year, a return to international cricket is a welcome gesture for the Cricket Cranes. The Cricket Cranes will also use the tour to test their skills against an ODI nation as they prepare for the Challenge League and T20 World Cup qualifiers.

Team head coach Laurence Mahatlane says the tour will help assess the progress of the group that has been training since October last year.

Namibia is where we want to be in a few years to come, therefore an opportunity for us to play against them helps us test ourselves against quality opposition. We have been practicing since October and we have had players doing well in our familiar setting now we get the chance to see what they can do in international cricket.

Laurence Mahatlane

The travelling team to Namibia will be named on March 29 after the players have done their mandatory COVID tests. The fixtures of the tour will also be released next week after they have been confirmed by the hosts.

The hosts are providing a live stream on their digital channels therefore local fans will have a chance of watching their favorite stars in action.

Denis has represented Uganda in international cricket events including the World Cup. He is currently the captain of Wanderers Cricket Club.

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