Credit: John Batanudde

The Cricket Cranes have been flagged-off by the National Council of Sports for the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe slated for July 9-17.

The squad of 14 will be led by Brian Masaba and they will start their campaign against Hong Kong on Monday before meeting PNG and finishing the group games against the Netherlands in Group B.

The team will be based in Bulawayo with games at Athletic Cricket Club and Queens Club.

The weather condition in Bulawayo is very cold as Zimbabwe goes through its winter season but coach Laurence Mahatlane believes the side is very ready for the conditions.

The conditions are cold and that means the wickets will also be slow so we dont expect big totals. The plan remains the same to ensure that we stick to our basics and take care of our KPIs. We have prepared well physically for the last two years in anticipation of this schedule and we shall do the country proud.

Laurence Mahatlane – Cricket Cranes Head Coach

Uganda was part of the Global Qualifiers in 2013 where they played seven games and only won one losing five with no result in the other game. This second chance is more defined with only three results seeing the team advance to their first senior World Cup.

Brian Masaba said that the team understands the assignment.

The World Cup is a reality for us and to be the first generation to make the dream a reality is a huge thing. However, we need to do the basics, keeping it simple and ensuring that we can come up big in the big moments.

Brian Masaba – Cricket Cranes Captain

The team will leave Uganda on Saturday at 3 am via South Africa and touch base in Bulawayo on Saturday afternoon.

Full Team: 1. Brian Masaba (Captain), 2. Ronak Patel, 3. Simon Ssesazi, 4. Roger Mukasa, 5. Dinesh Nakrani, 6. Riazat Ali Shah, 7. Frank Nsubuga, 8. Frank Akankwasa, 9. Kenneth Waiswa, 10. Cosmas Kyewuta, 11. Juma Miyagi, 12. Henry Ssenyondo, 14. Bilal Hassun.

Team Officials: 1. Laurence Mahatlane (Head Coach), 2. Jackson Ogwang (Assistant Coach), 3. Shamim Nassali (Physiotherapist), 4. Steven Tusiime (Team Analyst), 5. Denis Musali (Media Manager), 6. Jackson Kavuma (Team Manager).

Fixtures:

DateMatchTimeVenue
11/07/2022Uganda vs Hong Kong13:00Bulawayo Athletic Club
12/07/2022Uganda vs PNG13:00Bulawayo Athletic Club
14/07/2022Uganda vs the Netherlands09:00Queens Sports Club

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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