Khalid Moothosamy, the South Africa-based Ugandan, was unable to guide his different sides to victory during the national trial matches at Kyambogo Oval at the weekend.
But the 28-year-old did just enough to get the Kenyan coaches Martin Suji and Steve Tikolo’s nod on the final 14-man team that heads to Dubai on Thursday for a friendly tour against hosts United Arab Emirates.
The tour matches, comprising five limited over matches and two T20s, will be played at the historic Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Uganda will use the tour to prepare for their title defence of the Africa T20 title next month and ICC Division III World Cricket League whereas UAE are looking to get valuable match practice ahead of their next ICC Intercontinental Cup fixtures.
Suji kept with his ingrain faith of giving more new players, who have been pushing for summons, a chance to show their worth on the international front.
“We know what many of the local players can do,” said Suji when asked to explain the inclusion of Moothosamy, who scored 59 runs and snared four wickets during the weekend’s two matches.
“We have a large pool of 24 good players to pick from and have now decided to give them a chance to show their worth against international opposition.”
Other new faces selected include UK-based Shaaiq Choudhry Hussain, who boasts county cricket exposure, Mitch Horrocks, who plays for Tornado and Mohammed Shaffique, who plays for local franchise Rwenzori Warriors. The selected side takes on the U-19s at Lugogo today.