November 16, 2007

Uganda

Uganda impress despite Kenya defeats

Martin Williamson

A Kenyan XI beat Uganda in two warm-up matches at Kampala's Lugogo Oval. The games were arranged to give the Ugandans practice before next week's World Cricket League Division Two competition in Namibia.

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Posted by Arjun Chaudhuri on (November 30, 2007, 5:03 GMT)

Even though sports, be it cricket or anything else, are slightly different professions from other occupations, in them being much more often associated with fun above money, they are still professions. So, it is no wonder that good cricketers from emerging cricketing nations—Uganda, in this case, go and play club cricket in better pedigreed cricketing nations—Australia, for example, not just for the obvious reasons of honing their cricketing skills, but also for money.

Still, if Jimmy Okello and Patrick Ochan return to play for their motherland, Ugandan cricket can only stand benefited. For the moment though, Uganda would do well to concentrate on their available, and highly promising at that, bunch of cricketers.

With them putting up a fight against former ICC World Cup semi-finalists, Kenya and defeating World Cup qualifiers, Bermuda things seem to be going in the right direction for Ugandan cricket. Uganda was a part of the East Africa team that featured in the inaugural ICC World Cup in 1975. They should strive to regain their spot at the next edition of the premier world cricket event in 2011.

Posted by Ben Stinga on (November 19, 2007, 16:49 GMT)

It is a great shame we will not see Uganda's strongest team in action for the World Cricket League Division 2 tournament. As well all know, Jimmy Okello and Patrick Ochan are playing club cricket in Adelaide for West Torrens and performing well. To make matters worse, Charles Waiswa, who has emerged as the team's best paceman and promising opening batsman Roger Mukasa were not considered for selection for disciplinary reasons according to a recent report. Furthermore, Junior Kwebiha and Hamza Saleh did not make the final squad. Nevertheless, it is still a good combination if somewhat untested. It is my understanding that 20 year old spin bowler Davis Arinaitwe will captain the side. The other members of the squad are to my knowledge, Arthur Kyobe, Nand Kishore, Joel Olwenyi, Martin Ondeko, Kenny Kamyuka, Lawrence Sematimba, Frank Nsubuga, Daniel Ruyange, Emmanuel Isaneez, Ronald Ssemanda, Raymond Otim, Benjamin Musoke and Richard Okia.

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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