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T20 Invitational to set in motion Uganda World Cup ambitions

By Kasozi Balikuddembe

Added 20th August 2019 01:20 PM

This invitational tournament sets in motion Uganda’s preparations for the ICC World Cup Africa Qualifier 2021.

T20 Invitational to set in motion Uganda World Cup ambitions

Uganda U19 National Cricket team flagged off to Nairobi Kenya for a Star Field Youth tournament due August 20th - 26th,2019. NCS official James Kasumba (right) handed over the National flag to team Captain Pascal Murungi (third left) at Lugogo. PHOTO: Mpalanyi Ssentongo

This invitational tournament sets in motion Uganda’s preparations for the ICC World Cup Africa Qualifier 2021.

 
Star Field Cricket Youth Tournament
 
Format: T20
20-26 August
Nairobi, Kenya
Uganda's fixtures
Wednesday-Jaffreys oval
Uganda v Sikh Union
Thursday -Ruaraka Oval
Uganda v Star Field B
Uganda v C.C.A
Friday-Jaffreys oval
Uganda v Ruaraka
 
Objectively, participating teams at the Star Field Cricket Youth Tournament in Kenya will set out to put the squeeze on defending champions Uganda.
 
But the U19 Baby Cricket Cranes are not shaken at the thought of this, in fact, they are only accommodating feelings of winning the showpiece once again.
 
"Last year, the team had an interesting tournament, the boys were challenged but showed that they can still hold their nerves. I believe the ability to defend it is unquestionable," Pascal Murungi says.
 
Murungi is the new skipper of a totally different outfit that sees nine debutants on the team eager to defend the T20 competition that has attracted teams from Kisumu, Nairobi, Mombasa, Tanzania, Nakuru, India, and South Africa.
 
"There is work to do with the immediate desire of seeing that the boys gel. This event in Kenya will further help us gauge their unique individual abilities as we build for the future," said Jackson Ogwang, the head coach.
 
Featuring for the second time, the traveling Ugandans despite high on confidence don't expect easy pickings especially with the inclusion of teams from India and South Africa.
 
"Yes, we can defend the title but with cricket, you don't take your opponents lightly. So it's a big fight for us," Murungi reasoned as the 13 man team was flagged off  Monday at NCS.
 
In part, this invitational tournament sets in motion Uganda's preparations for the ICC  World Cup Africa Qualifier 2021.
 
Players: Pascal Murungi, Edwin Nuwagaba, Ismail Munir , Juma Miyaji, Anas Baig, Pius Oloka, Jaffer Ochaya, Akram Nsubuga, Fahad Mutagana,  Ronald Lutaaya, Joseph Baguma, Ronald Omara, Ronald Puwata.
 
Officials Jackson Ogwang (coach) Sylvester Rokani (Team manager)
 
EMAIL: kbalikuddembe@newvision.co.ug
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