Ugandan spinners win over selectors
Posted Saturday, October 19 2013 at 01:00
Kampala- While the world watched hosts India’s blazing top order chase a 360-run second ODI match target against Australia on Wednesday evening, Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) were busy putting final touches on the team for next month’s Dubai ICC Global Twenty20 World Cup Qualifiers.
And a 15-man team, without experienced gloves man Lawrence Ssematimba, Deus Muhumuza and Arthur Ziraba, was named for the tough Middle East job from November 15-30.
Despite the trio’s absence, like it was during last month’s South Africa tour, skipper Davis Karashani is confident the selected players can match the standards and snatch one of the six available places for the next year’s World Cup in Bangladesh.
“I have belief that we can do it,” Karashani told Saturday Monitor.
And he expects a better show than last at year’s qualifiers where Uganda won only two games before finishing 12th out of 14 teams.
“A lot has changed since last year. We are a much better side with greater ambitions that has prepared a lot better.”
Uganda is grouped alongside UAE, Ireland, Namibia, Canada, Italy, USA and Hong Kong. In the fold, coaches Johan Rudolph and Henry Okecho will have more spin bowling options in Karashani, Frank Nsubuga, Henry Ssenyondo and Raymond Otim.
It is understood the wickets in Dubai favour spinners and the selectors could have had that in mind.
The team will have three seam bowlers in Jonathan Ssebanja, Charles Waiswa and Brian Masaba.
Rudolph can also rotate his top order batting around Arthur Kyobe, Roger Mukasa, wicket-keeper Selowa Mukobe, Abram Mutyagaba, Hamu Kayondo and Hamza Saleh.
The latter pair made the final list after putting up consistent and impressive batting displays during the Pretoria tour and the recent build-up games against the Marylebone Cricket Club respectively.
Team travelling to Dubai
Bowlers: Davis Karashani (Captain), Frank Nsubuga (Asst. captain), Jonathan Ssebanja, Charles Waiswa, Brian Masaba, Patrick Ochan, Henry Ssenyondo, Raymond Otim.
Batsmen: Roger Mukasa, Arthur Kyobe, Philemon Mukobe (wicket-keeper), Abram Mutyagaba, Richard Okia, Hamza Saleh, Hamu Kayondo.
Officials: Johan Rudolph (head coach), Henry Okecho (assistant coach), Andrew Othieno (team manager)