By Charles Mutebi
National Cricket Team Tour to South Africa
50 over trial match
DAVIS Karashani and his men are flying out to South Africa as the national cricket team. They hope to return as a fourteen-man crew with a new perspective on the game.
And a better outlook on the upcoming ICC World T20 Qualifier in Dubai and the 2014 ICC World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand.
The senior national side left for South Africa today for a 10-day tour that will see them play six matches against supe¬rior select sides, benefit from high-level coaching lessons and team-bonding sessions in enviable environs.
In short, Johan Rudolph’s Uganda team are expected to enjoy the kind of mini-transformation that would simply be impossible back home.
Skipper Karashani admitted as much to Friday Vision yesterday.
“These tours normally add a lot of value to a team in our position,” explained the captain.
“They give the players exposure, which is very important. We will be playing against better players on the tour than the ones we will face at the qualifiers so if we do well against them that will give us a lot of confidence.
“These tours show you where you are as a team and what you need to work on to get to the level that you want to get to.”
Uganda wants to secure a top-six finish in the 2014 ICC World Cup Qualifier as the minimum from the two upcoming engagements, with any other achievement being a bonus.