Uganda’s senior men’s cricket team, the Cricket Cranes, is expected to name a new captain, The-SportsNation.com sources have learnt.
Captain Roger Mukasa and assistant Brian Masaba have reportedly been relieved of their duties.
The development comes as the team continues with the preparations for the coming 2019–21 ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League.
All rounder Hamu Kayondo, Kenneth Waiswa and Challengers’ Shahzad Kamal are front runners to fill the void.
The Cranes have been training for about three weeks now, under the tutelage of coach Steven Tikolo whose job is also under close scrutiny.
Arm Band Heavy For Mukasa?
A captain is as good as his team, and Mukasa’s form has deteriorated in equal proportions with that of the National team.
There is no doubt about Mukasa’s batting abilities, but he has been a shadow of himself since he was given the captaincy.
He replaced Davis Arinaitwe Karishani, during a bad time, when Uganda had just been humbly demoted to Division IV on home soil.
His first assignment was to revive the lost glory, which he did in his first tourney in 2018 when he led Uganda to Div IV triumph in Malaysia to return to Div III.
However, since then. All has been saddening, to say the least.
The poor form was recently highlighted by the ICC T20 World Africa League finals where Mukasa only averaged 7.75 runs from four games as Uganda settled for a miserable fourth place on home soil.
About ICC World Cricket Cup Challenge League
The event, from 2019 to 2021 will be the first edition of the Cricket World Cup Challenge League, a tournament which forms part of the qualification pathway to the 2023 Cricket World Cup.
It has been split into groups A and B – The top team in each group reaches to a play-off tournament, taking place in 2022, which feeds into the 2022 Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament.
Uganda in Group B where they will face tough resistance from hosts Hong kong, bogey neighbour Kenya, Jersey, Bermuda and Italy.
The Cricket World Cup Challenge League replaces the World Cricket League (WCL) which was previously used as the pathway to the Cricket World Cup.
summoned Cricket Cranes Team:
Roger Mukasa, Arnold Otwani, Zephaniah Arinaitwe, Hamu Kayondo, Ronak Patel, Kamal Shahzad, Riazat Shah, Dinesh Nakrani, Simon Ssesaazi, Frank Nsubuga, Charles Waiswa, Emmanuel Isaneez, Frank Akankwasa, Fred Achelam, Henry Ssenyondo, Jonathan Ssebanja, Arthur Kyobe, Mohamed Aneef, Kenneth Waiswa, Brian Masaba, Rogers Olipa, Bilal Hassun, Richard Agamire, Robinson Obuya, Lloyd Patternott