Challenge League: Masaba Out As Cricket Cranes Head To Jersey

Cricket Cranes Fixture
•Aug 5: Jersey
•Aug 7: Italy
•Aug 10: Kenya
•Aug 13: Bermuda
•Aug 14: Hong Kong


Cricket Cranes captain Brian Masaba will miss the team’s trip to Jersey for the Challenge League B encounter.

Masaba who injured his finger in Zimbabwe prior to the T20 World Cup Qualifiers, has been replaced by Arnold Otwani.

And the team will be captain by Right arm medium bowler Deus Muhumuza who returns to full fitness after missing the Zimbabwe trip.

Emmanuel Hasahya has been dropped from the team that played the Challenge League B in Kampala, with Bilal Hassun named in the squad.

Roger Mukasa missed the Kampala leg and has been left out of the squad after failing to impress in Zimbabwe.

The 14-man team is expected to leave on Friday in case the Passports return on time from South Africa.

Cricket Cranes, the Team to Beat

The leg in Jersey is the third round of matches in Group B of the 2019–2022 ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League.

This is a qualification pathway to the 2023 Cricket World Cup in India.

Laurence Mahatlane’s charges retained their top spot despite defeats against Jersey and Hong Kong in Kampala.

And they will be the strong favourites to finish on top in Jersey, a reputation they have built having topped the first round back in 2019 in Oman.

Finishing top of this six-team group after the three legs will see the Cricket Cranes attain a lucrative ODI status.

And then progress to the Cricket World Cup Qualifier Play-off where they will be joined by other five teams including the bottom four finishers at Cricket World Cup League 2 and the other winner of the Challenge League A.

In that Qualifier Play-off, the target is to finish among the top two for a place in the Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe next year.

That Qualifier in Zimbabwe will have ten teams and the top two will qualify for the glamorous World Cup in India 2023.

Challenge League B table

  1. Uganda – 16
  2. Hong Kong – 15
  3. Jersey – 14
  4. Kenya – 7
  5. Italy – 7
  6. Bermuda – 1

Cricket Cranes Squad – Fred Achelam, Simon Ssesazi, Ronak Patel, Arnold Otwani, Frank Akankwasa, Bilal Hassun, Dinesh Nakrani, Deus Muhumuza (Captain), Riazat Ali Shah, Kenneth Waiswa, Cosmas Kyewuta, Frank Nsubuga, Juma Miyagi, Henry Ssenyondo

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