Cricket Cranes are buoyant after the return of captain Brian Masaba for the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier Regional Final in Kigali due November 17-20.
Masaba missed the Regional Qualifiers last month due to an injury he picked just before the Tri-Series at the Entebbe Oval.
Nonetheless, Uganda managed to top a seven-nation Group A to book a place in the upcoming finals.
Masaba returns at an opportune time as the Cranes will be fighting for the only spot to qualify for the Global Qualifiers which is a qualification pathway to the 2022 ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia.
“I am excited to be back,” said Masaba. “It is not easy to sit out and watch the boys play. We have put in a lot of work ahead of the tough days ahead that has three double headers in a space of four days. But we are backing our processes to put us across the line.”
Only Gerrard Mubiru misses out from the squad that won Group A last month.
Uganda will face Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania – due 15th-21st of November, where the winner progresses to the global qualifiers early next year.
Tanzania, coached by former Cricket Cranes coach Steven Tikolo, and topped Group B ahead of Botswana, Cameroon, Sierra Leone and Mozambique.
Unlike Uganda and Tanzania who went through the Regional Qualifiers, Nigeria and Kenya qualified direct to the Regional Finals thanks to their rankings.
Cricket Cranes Squad – Brian Masaba (Captain), Deus Muhumuza (Vice Captain), Ronak Patel, Simon Ssesazi, Dinesh Nakrani, Frank Akankwasa, Riazat Ali Shah, Kenneth Waiswa, Bilal Hassun, Frank Nsubuga, Saud Islam, Richard Agamire, Henry Ssenyondo, Fred Achelam (wicket-keeper)
The Officials – Laurence Mahatlane (Coach), Jackson Ogwang (Assistant Coach), Shamim Nassali (Physiotherapist), Alvin Bagaya (Analyst), Innocent Ndawula (Media Manager) Jackson Kavuma (Team Manager).
17 November 2021:
*10:15am: Kenya vs. Uganda, IPRC Cricket Ground, Kicukiro-Kigali
*2:45pm: Uganda vs. Nigeria, Gahanga International Stadium
18 November 2021:
*10:15am: Tanzania vs. Uganda, Gahanga International Stadium
*2:45pm: Nigeria vs. Uganda, IPRC Cricket Ground, Kicukiro-Kigali
20 November 2021:
*10:15am: Uganda vs. Tanzania, Gahanga International Stadium
*2:45pm: Uganda vs. Kenya, Gahanga International Stadium