The fourth BatBall tournament comes to the central region after the success of the Soroti, Nile and Gulu region editions.

The tournament will run on the weekend of March 18th – 19th at the Entebbe Cricket Oval.

The names of the four teams all derived from popular bird names in the region and they include Kalooli, Naddibanga, Ensega and Akasumagizi.

The teams will be captained by Christopher Kidega (Akasumagizi), Ahmed Yakubu (Kalooli), Ronald Omara (Naddibanga) and Hamid Munigwa (Ensega).

Omara and Kidega were part of the U-19 team that went to the 2022 World Cup in the West Indies which means that the quality of cricket for the Central Region will be a notch higher than the other regions.

The two-day tournament will be contested by players who are all U-19 with the winning team progressing to the BatBall X event where they will meet other regional winners. All the games will be played on the T10 format to keep fans and viewers on their edge.

The whole event will have a live stream available on the website.

The local organizing committee for the Central Region is led by Paul Kaheru.

We have planned a great day for fans that can come to Entebbe and watch the next generation of superstars. Besides the cricket, we plan to have some entertainment at the end of the tournament so there will be more than just cricket. We have done everything to make sure all the players are strictly U-19 to make sure we are not cheating the system.

Paul Kaheru – Chairman LOC

There has been a social impact cause for each edition and for the central region Fighting Against HIV/AIDS is the social stigma that the tournament with be tackling.

The Soroti and Gulu editions had “fighting gender-based violence” while the Nile edition was tagged to end teenage pregnancies.

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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