The Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) has officially announced that the national cricket team will undergo a training camp in Zimbabwe as part of their preparations for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup qualifiers. Dennis Musali, the UCA’s Media Manager, confirmed this development, stating that the team will depart for Zimbabwe on Thursday and spend ten days there before proceeding to Namibia for the qualifiers.
During their time in Zimbabwe, the team will also engage in a series of build-up matches against the Zimbabwean club, Takashinga, further refining their skills and teamwork.
The ICC T20 World Cup qualifiers are scheduled to be held in Windhoek, Namibia, from November 20 to December 1. Seven teams will compete for two coveted slots in the T20 World Cup in 2024, which is set to be hosted by the West Indies and the USA. The participating teams in the qualifiers include Namibia, Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.
Jackson Ogwang, the interim head coach of the Uganda Cricket Cranes, expressed his confidence in the team’s prospects, emphasizing the importance of treating each match in the qualifiers as a final. Ogwang assumed the coaching role following the non-renewal of former coach Laurence Mahatlane’s contract a month ago.
Brian Masaba will continue to lead the team as the captain, and the all-rounder Riazat Ali Shah, who missed the Bilateral Castle Lite Series in Namibia, is set to make his return to the squad.