Jackson Ogwang will lead his Cricket Cranes troupes to Namibia on Monday a content man after what he termed as a ‘satisfying’ display in Zimbabwe in their warm up games.
Ogwang’s team concluded their 10-day tour of Zimbabwe with another comfortable victory that came in form of a 41-run win over Takashinga on Sunday.
Added to their opening three wins against the same side, and one against Zimbabwe’s U25 select side, the Cricket Cranes depart Harare with five wins out of a possible six.
It is safe to say that they go into the ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup Qualifiers a confident team, and in Ogwang’s own words, “the boys are buzzing ahead of next week’s tournament.”
The sole purpose of this tour was to prepare the team both mentally and physically for that Qualifier. That seems to have been achieved, and Ogwang is not shy to express his contentment.
“We are happy for what we’ve managed to achieve here in Zimbabwe. Our combinations have worked out, we’ve tried out a few players who have gotten chances to bat, bowl against players from a Test playing nation.
“I think we’ve done well here. We have done our processes well and we know the combinations that will work for us starting next week.”
The Cricket Cranes may have been assuring in their build up games, but attention must now shift to the ultimate goal.
A number of players seem to have picked up form at the right time. Bilal Hassun, Ronak Patel, Robinson Obuya, Dinesh Nakrani all looked good during the warm up games, but can they transfer this form to the Qualifiers?
Uganda open their campaign against Tanzania on Wednesday before meeting the highest ranked team in this competition, Zimbabwe on Thursday in their second game.