The captain of the Uganda Cricket team, Roger Mukasa has said the tours of Qatar and India for a series of international build-up games will help the team improve and get better.
Mukasa told URN after the official flag-off at the National Council of Sports (NCS) headquarters in Lugogo on Tuesday that the international matches will help the team blend well ahead of the forthcoming ICC Division 4 tournament.
According to the tour programme, the Ugandan team will play five matches in Qatar, including two 50-over-a-side games.
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“ We now have a blend of senior and young players and facing well established teams on this tour will help us get the right formations,” said Steve Tikolo, the national coach.
David Katende, the assistant general secretary at the National Council of Sports (NCS) wished the team well as he flagged them off. “Make use of the tour and kindly carry our flag high,” added Katende.
Senior player and left hand opening batsman Arthur Kyobe together with wicket keeper Lawrence Ssematimba, Arnold Otwani and Jonathan Ssebanja were some of the players who were dropped.
The team has four U-19 players who are making the step up from the junior side. The U-19 captain Kenneth Waiswa and opening bowling partner Trevor Bukenya, Fred Achellam and Zephaniah Katungi are on the team.
Uganda will use the tour to prepare the team for the Division 4 tournament to take place in Malaysia in April. Uganda was relegated to Division 4 last year together with Malaysia after they finished 5th in the tournament hosted in Kampala. In Malaysia they will play against the hosts, Jersey, Bermuda and Vanuata.