Cricket Cranes set off for first World Cup with optimism

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The Cricket Cranes are set to make history as they embark on their first trip to the World Cup.

The team was deregistered on Tuesday by Peter Ogwang, Minister of State for Sports, and NCS Secretary General Benard Ogwel at the Copper Chimney restaurant in Lugogo.

The Cricket Cranes will travel to the Caribbean tomorrow, Wednesday, where they will face Afghanistan, Papua New Guinea, the hosts West Indies and New Zealand.

Although the teams’ first World Cup match will be on June 4, they will first have to acclimatize to their surroundings in Trinidad and Tobago before playing two warm-up matches. They will face Namibia and Scotland on May 28 and 30 respectively.

Coach Abhay Sharma expressed his excitement about the opportunity and said, “We are in a very good place and we are really working on our skills. The boys also have a very refined mentality.”

Minister of State for Sports Peter Ogwang hands over the flag to Cricket Cranes captain Brian Masaba during the team's flag-off.  (All photos by Charles Lwanga)

Minister of State for Sports Peter Ogwang hands over the flag to Cricket Cranes captain Brian Masaba during the team’s flag-off. (All photos by Charles Lwanga)

“We are looking forward to the ICC event and I can assure you that we are going to put on our best show. As you can see, there is a lot of excitement around the ICC event, so we are working on that so you know what to expect,” explained coach Sharma.

Captain Brian Masaba shared his excitement for the team’s opportunity to compete on the world stage after narrowly missing out last year.

“We are a group of enthusiastic players. No feeling can replace how happy we are to be chosen to represent the Pearl of Africa in its first senior men’s World Cup,” said Masaba.

The team will play all of its group matches in Guyana, except for the match against New Zealand, which will take place in Trinidad and Tobago.

ICC T20 World Cup

Uganda vs Afghanistan

Uganda vs. Papua New Guinea

Uganda v West Indies

Uganda vs New Zealand