Africa T20 Cup Groups:
Group A – Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda
Group B – Botswana, Kenya, Malawi and Mozambique
Uganda Cricket Cranes bowled off preparations for the forthcoming 2022 Africa T20 Cup with a training session on Monday at Lugogo Cricket Oval.
Coach Lawrence Mahatlane has added youth to the squad with the summoning of three Under-19 players.
The trio include Baby Cricket Cranes Pascal Murungi, Joseph Baguma and Ismail Munir.
Murungi, an allrounder, is remembered for his 49 score against Scotland in the World Cup held in West Indies this year.
Baguma on the other hand, a right arm bowler, picked three wickets twice against Papua New Guinea and UAE at the same tournament.
Munir had 73 not out against Sierra Leone at the 2019 U19 World Cup Qualifiers in Windhoek, Namibia.
Gerald Mubiru and Richard Agamire are the other additions from the team that finished fifth at the T20 World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe in July this year.
Bilal Hassun and Frank Akankwasa missing and the same can be said of Arnold Otwani.
Captain Brian Masaba makes the fold after missing recent engagements with an injury while Opening batsman Roger Mukasa has also been included despite missing the Challenge League B in Jersey.
The Africa T20 Cup, open to only Associate Members on the Continent, will be played in South Africa due 16-23 September 2022.
Ranking points are at stake as all matches played in the tournament finals will have full T20I status.
Coach Laurence Mahatlane also wants to use the tournament to prepare the Boys for the World Cup Qualifiers that start next year.
“We have got six months until the World Cup Qualifiers in March next year so I think the next period, the tour in South Africa gives us an opportunity to plan and prepare, and find the balance,” Mahatlane said on Monday.
“We have a couple graduates coming through and one of them still qualifies for U19. It’s exciting to see them and they get an opportunity to train for international debuts for their country.
“We have just had a two weeks break and the Boys are more refreshed, Some had gone to check on their families and are now back. And hopefully we will have successful sessions.”
Training will continue this week with a couple of Friendly matches lined up before the team flies out at a later date.
The Cricket Cranes Training Squad:
Brian Masaba (Captain), Simon Ssesazi, Ronak Patel, Dinesh Nakrani, Riazat Ali Shah, Roger Mukasa, Juma Miyagi, Cosmas Kyewuta, Frank Nsubuga, Deus Muhumuza, Henry Ssenyondo, Kenneth Waiswa, Fred Achelam, Joseph Baguma, Pascal Murungi, Ismail Munir, Richard Agamire & Gerald Mubiru