NEW skipper Akbar Baig has been tipped by coach Ebrahim Mohammed to lead the national cricket team with distinction in the four-day Intercontinental Shield match against Bermuda.
Uganda will be without the experience of Kenneth Kamyuka, Joel Olweny, Nehal Bibodi and replaced captain Junior Kwebiha for the ten-day tour of Bermuda, which starts in six days. The absence of that quartet will deny Mohammedâ€™s side a combined 121 years worth of cricket experience.
It is for that reason that Akbar was appointed captain because at 35, he is the oldest player in the side, and consequently has a wealth of cricket under his belt.
â€œAkbar has played a lot of cricket,â€ said Mohammed. â€œHe is very experienced and he has captained a side in India before. He has been playing longer than anyone else (in the team) so he knows the game.â€
The tactician added that he spoke with Akbar after appointing him skipper and found him acceptably knowledgeable about what is expected of him.
Davis Arinaitwe will deputise Akbar for the four-day match on the team that flies out tomorrow.
Akbar to lead team to Bermuda