Uganda June 5, 2007

Concern grows as Ugandan players go missing

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

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.

Will Luke is assistant editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • 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!

  • 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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  • 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!