June 5, 2007

Uganda

Concern grows as Ugandan players go missing

Will Luke

It appears two of Uganda's players, who won Division Three of the World Cricket League, have gone missing in Australia.

Patrick Ochan, 18, and Jimmy Okello, 19, from the same village in Uganda's north, failed to reunite with their team following the ICC World Cricket League 3 Division final in Darwin at the weekend.

Uganda's national team, which won the match, has since gone home, saying they hope the missing players will follow and won't seek to stay permanently in Australia.

A spokeswoman for Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews confirmed the pair were still in Australia.

"They have valid visas until August 24 so they are still legally here," she told AAP.

Full story at the Sydney Morning Herald.

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Posted by Matthew Lee Combe on (June 6, 2007, 4:14 GMT)

This comes as no surprise to me because while i was helping the ICC with the score board at Marara cricket ground while Uganda was playing The Cayman Islands i was asked by the 2 Ugandan players if they could play cricket in Darwin, especially for PINT club because they still had 3months on their visas! I haven't heard from them since and they are not playing for PINT club but wouldn't surprise me if one of the other Darwin clubs have pick them up or have been asked!

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Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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