Uganda’s squad for this month’s ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand 2014 (CWCQ) was on January 1st flagged off by the National Council of Sports (NCS) General Secretary Jasper Aligawesa for the tourney that runs from January 13 to February 1, 2014.
Arthur Kyobe Uganda’s leading batsman across all codes this season was the biggest surprise exclusion when the 15-man team that will represent the nation left yesterday.
There was also no place for Charity’s dynamic pair of Henry Ssenyondo and Jonathan Ssebanja as well as Wanderers’ batsmen Arthur Ziraba and Hamu Kayondo.
But as the ignored players watched their colleagues depart, the quartet of Lawrence Ssematimba, Deus Muhumuza and Benjamin Musoke will be looking ahead to set the ground running in New Zealand after earning recalls alongside U-19 international Faruk Ochimi, who will be making his full senior debut.
Uganda have two warm up matches against UAE (Jan 10) and Canada (Jan 11) before the tournament proper starts.
The cricketers start with an epic clash against Netherlands on January 13, play PNG three days later before wrapping up with two duels against fellow Africans Kenya (Jan 19) and Namibia (Jan 21).
Previously known as the ICC Trophy, the ICC CWCQ has, throughout the years, provided fans a unique brand of high voltage, exciting action as the competing sides give their all in a bid to qualify to cricket’s most prestigious event, the ICC Cricket World Cup.
The ICC Trophy was renamed the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in 2009, and the nine editions of the tournament so far have produced seven different winners from the 31 teams that have competed.
The team: Davis Arinaitwe Karashani (cpt), Roger Mukasa, Benjamin Musoke, Frank Nsubuga, Lawrence Ssematimba, Charles Waiswa, Brian Masaba, Deus Muhumuza, Roger Mukasa, Philemon Selowa Mukobe, Abram Ndhlovu Mutyagaba, Patrick Ochan, Farouk Ochimi, Richard Gideon Okia, Raymond Otim, Almuzahim Hamza Saleh.