June 10, 2009

Uganda

Lara opens new ground in Uganda

Will Luke

A new cricket ground has been built in Mbarara, the south west of Uganda, which was opened by Brian Lara. The former West Indies batsman later gave training tips to cricketers from Ntare School, Uganda Martyrs Primary School and the Asian Community in Mbarara.

“Talent accounts for only ten percent, the rest you have to have love for the game and practice [sic]," Lara told the Daily Monitor. "I begun at an early age and by eighteen years I was already [a] star."

Ntare school’s deputy headmaster, Eliab Tumushabe, took the opportunity to remind the world that cricket remains quite out of reach for many in Uganda.

"The cricket equipment is very expensive and the game has many technicalities," he told the newspaper. "The old boys who played the game in the good days should come back and revive that glory."

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Posted by Jahan Zada Buneri on (June 19, 2009, 8:29 GMT)

I am from Buner, I like the style of Brian Lara. Now he is also providing oppurtunity to others is something, we should appricate. Thank you for the same. Soon twenty twenty has 16 teams. For having same it is responsiblity of ex-players to do something.

Ganga said at one ocassion that Lara gave suggestions to him how to play but now he was not giving suggestions. Might be Lara felt that he was not improving. When he scored 196 and 176 against Africa, one ex-player of his team said he is selfish, if some one is scoring 39% of his team then I may ask that player what other ten players were doing. It is not the responsiblity of one player, it is responsiblity of all players to do something for his team. Amazing guy with 150 or plus scores are 19 in which 175 or plus scores are 15 then 9 double hundreds are there. I think he had greatest tendency to score big knocks as compare to any other test player of cricket history with one quintuple (501) in first class also.

Posted by Zeeshan Ahmed Siddiqui on (June 16, 2009, 17:35 GMT)

Many thanks to him to provide tips to others.

Dear Mervin, why he is the best 1. Highest numbers of records in test and also some records in first class too. 2. Stylish batting 3. Mostly turning matches in team's favor 4. Ability to turn match from worst situation. 5. Correct batting technique with high back lift 6. Ability to play according to situation of match (aggressive and also defensive, both qualities) 7. Tackle the pressure of main strikers. Never tried to avoid them, always scored against main strikers. 8. He scored every continent as he scored centuries against all test playing nations. 9. Quality to dominate spinners like complete domination on Murlitharan. 10. Same quality to dominate fast bowlers too if he lost his wkt 15 times to McGrath but he played 24 test against him. 11. Ability to create master peace innings like 213, 153 not out and others I do not think that anyone can match his status with him in batting because of these reasons.

Posted by collis on (June 15, 2009, 19:10 GMT)

well done Brian Charles Lara, the best that cricket ever seen.

Posted by Mervin on (June 15, 2009, 18:58 GMT)

It is really nice to see persons from other countries appreciating Brian and what he has done for cricket and West Indies cricket. I am West Indian and it peeved me when I heard some of the negative comments made about Brian Lara because like all humans he faltered from time to time. And those comments were coming from West Indians when the rest of the world was really giving the guy his due. His legacy will forever live on, and I sure miss the flair and class he showed on the cricket. Cricket needs more Lara's. With the exception of Sachin Tendulkar there are no real class batsmen left....

Posted by AnilR on (June 15, 2009, 18:53 GMT)

Brian is a true ambassador to the game. His accomplishments on the field are unparalled and his commitment to the game is unquestioned.

Posted by mkhalaba on (June 15, 2009, 11:47 GMT)

Being in Uganda and playing the great game, the attetion to the game and corporate interest this visit has brought about has rejuvinated the vibe around cricket in the country. The corporate companies are interested in raising funds for the game and i believe the UCA can ride on this momentum to spread the game especially to the grassroots. Way to go UCA. Thank you for an opportunity to share moments with the prince.

Posted by Vikram Maingi on (June 15, 2009, 9:41 GMT)

Question for Mehul and Arpit: What is the percentage of PIO (People of Indian Origin) in Uganda cricket Team? I initially thought that most of the Uganda players are Afrikans.

Posted by M. Omair on (June 14, 2009, 14:40 GMT)

Many thanks to Lara that he did something for others as the world is full of people but very few did something for others. If these teams will introduce themselves by consent of ICC in any twenty twenty tournaments at first stage then we can easily get more than 20 teams at international level in twenty twenty very soon. After that introduce some better teams in one day too. In this way in coming decade, we will have very interesting cricket. This is one Brian Lara, if others ex- players will do the same then I think we will get very good results. Such an elegant batsman with more than ten records comes in cricket once in a century or may be more as I think that no one can match his status in test with him. He is ahead of every one, he proved himself in every corner of the world against every type of bowling. When he scored 153 not out against Australia, attack was comprises of Warne, McGrath, Gellispie and MacGill. I recommend other players to do something like him. Thanks all.

Posted by Shafeullah on (June 14, 2009, 3:08 GMT)

Very nice to hear brian doing good things for the kids. He is truly the greatest to play the game. His flair and style is unmatched.

Posted by arpit on (June 13, 2009, 20:35 GMT)

I am from Uganda, its nice to know that cricket is developing in Uganda such a good pace. all the best

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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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