Uganda May 27, 2006

Nehal Bibodi retires

Ronnie Kintu

Nehal Bibodi, Uganda’s opening batsman and spinner has finally called it quits from the national team after 13 years of service. The 35-year-old said he had done enough for the nation and wished youngsters would take up the mantle and keep the candle burning.

"Considering the upcoming international engagements and the World Cup qualifiers I feel I may not be material for the national squad and it is my wish that youngsters are groomed to take on my roles," Bibodi confessed.

Bibodi made his national team debut in 1993 during the East and Central Africa Cricket Championship (ECACC). He also played in the Africa Zone VI championship where he knocked his highest international score of 140 runs against Botswana in 1998.

He won three Man-of-the-Match awards in the ECACC and has consistently led the batting averages in recent times.

“Nehal has been undoubtedly an excellent experienced player with very good batting skills, good playing techniques and above all very disciplined,” Robert Kisubi, the team manager, commented. “I strongly believe he has done a service for his country.”

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