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News: Uganda beat Kenya A

Uganda beat Kenya A by 3 wickets in the Atul Shah tournament today, which means that perhaps Uganda should be playing with Kenya and not their A team. They didnt beat them very easily, but they did collapse initially and then fought back to win the match, which means that something went seriously wrong with Kenya A. Now Denmark is a stronger team than Uganda, so I am not sure what Denmark is going to get out of hosting Kenya A to play the full Danish team in a weeks time, in European conditions.

Only time will tell, but I think that it is important to get the team strengths analyzed properly going forward. One thing that is really good is that there are now two teams of similar standard (Uganda and Kenya) which are neighbouring countries, and will get to play a lot of cricket with each other going forward.

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  1. Ram
    June 7, 2006 at 6:32 pm

    Uganda defeating Kenya A is indeed good news for Ugandan cricket. In an ideal world, this win should spur the progress of the game in the country but lack of quality fixtures for the national team can prove to be an impediment…

    I wonder if the ICC should ask Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to make their A teams play against countries like Namibia, Denmark, Afghanistan, Nepal and Uganda on a home and/or away basis rather than facing off among themselves as is the case now!..This way not only would the inexperienced Bangladeshi or Zimbabwean cricketers get to play in alien conditions, the Associate countries below the top 6 will also get to play against quality opposition.

  2. June 7, 2006 at 7:10 pm

    It will be interesting to see how the rest of the tournament pans out. There is definitely a feeling amoungst the Coast fans that some of their players would normally have been selected in the Kenya A squad.
    Today”s matches will tell us a lot more I think.
    Whichever way you look at it though, a really poor effort by Kenya A.

  3. June 7, 2006 at 8:26 pm

    Nick, do you have the scorecard for this match? I wanted to see if Kamyuka was playing or not. Regarding the tournament, I think it will be won by Uganda, followed by Kenya A, then CCA, then Tanzania.

    Ram, I dont think that even getting the 5-6 teams you mentioned to play against each other is that bad an idea. For example, when Namibia face off with Denmark, both teams would be facing opposition that IS better than their own A teams. Plus country v country competition can also get some excitement going.

  4. Ram
    June 7, 2006 at 9:18 pm

    Yes, I agree that the top 5-6 teams below the Associate level must face off against each other to improve their cricketing standards but I thought that may not be financially possible on a regular basis since these countries are solely dependent on ICC funding. If the A teams of Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are also involved, organizing such tournaments might be financially more viable.

    In this light, it wouldn’t be a bad idea if the ICC makes it mandatory on the part of the Full member countries to reserve a fraction of their annual income for the game’s development because of the 10 Test nations, only England and Australia seem to be meaningfully contributing to the development program while the financial powerhouses like BCCI or PCB seem to be highly reluctant to forego a small share in their profits!

  5. June 7, 2006 at 9:45 pm

    What is Australia doing?

    As far as I know, only England is doing anything meaningfully, and that too they have cut out Netherlands and Denamrk this year. Now I understand about Denmark, but Netherlands is stronger than Ireland, so I dont know why they chopped them out. Its just that for England, the expansion seems to be more about the British Isles.

    Getting Afghanistan to play in Pakistan domestic is a no brainer. But I dont know what needs to be done to get someone to think about it.

    Nepal, I think someone once mentioned would be better off playing in Bangladesh domestic instead of India domestic because the travel would be less and the difference is not hopeless either. Remember, Nepal lost to Namibia, that got thrashed by Ireland recently, that got thrashed by almost all counties this season.

  6. Ram
    June 8, 2006 at 2:58 am

    Actually, Cricket Australia has been organizing equipment collection drives in its annual Boxing Day Test at the MCG for the past few years. Last year, the Boxing Day Test against South Africa saw a large collection of old, unused equipment that was shipped to Associate countries like Uganda which were in desperate need of them. Infact, Ugandan board even issued a press release thanking Cricket Australia for their “invaluable” help in providing young Ugandan kids with cricketing gear.

    Also, all the state Associations in Australia and Newzealand have tieups with different Associate countries in their region, namely the ICC East Asia-Pacific (EAP) region. Infact, a combined EAP XI comprising of the eleven best cricketers in the region outside of these two Test nations is competing in the Australian national country championships for the past few years. Also, the EAP XI registered its first win in that championship last year when they finished ahead of two Australian country sides.

    Not only that, ACC has a tieup with Cricket Australia (why not India or Pakistan?) for the development of the game in China. Infact, the first coaches to take the game to the Chinese were Australians.

    About Nepal, maybe you are right since I don’t have much idea about the standard of play there but given the fact that their U-19 team defeated two Test teams in the recent World Cup, it shouldn’t hopefully be long before they can be seriously competitive against the lower division Indian domestic sides. I feel Srilanka and Bangladesh should invite Asian countries weaker than Nepal (like say Malaysia or UAE) for their domaestic cricket season so that they can also contribute to the development program.

  7. June 8, 2006 at 5:13 am

    No scorecard for the match as yet – trying to get one emailed to me, so if I do, I’ll forward it as well as post it.

    I’m assumin K.K played as he is playing today’s game vs CCA (he made 2).

    Regards Australia – their development team sponsored by the CBA will be playing three one-dayers against Kenya later this year. My mission over the next few months will also to try and get some of that equipment sent to Kenya…fingers crossed eh!

  8. June 8, 2006 at 5:32 am

    Just had the full scorecards posted on the tournament site (about 5 mins after I emailed them about it – if it was not a coincidence, I am most impressed!)
    http://www.vipulibs.com/eacricket/

  9. Cuen Lucas
    June 8, 2006 at 11:19 am

    I see no reason why Uganda shouldn’t take on Kenya, their confidence will be up after beating the Kenya A side and they do have the talent.

    Ram – Spot on, the Test nations SHOULD be mandated to be more active in developing cricket in the Associates near to them, one advantage is that as more nations gain test status, the amount of assistance to associates will grow.

    Nasir, You’re right, it is sad that the ECB have cut the European mainland off it’s development priority list.
    Australia has actually been very good with helping the nearby associates, there are a few stories in the Fiji page on Cricinfo about this, unfortunately one has to wade through 119 story titles to find them. Unfortunately Japan seems to have dissappeared off the Cricinfo country list so I can’t find any from there. Anyway, here’s a few stories from Fiji highlighting Australian and New Zealand support.

    http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/other/content/story/108937.html
    http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/other/content/story/129008.html
    http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/other/content/story/102881.html

  10. Ram
    June 8, 2006 at 5:14 pm

    This performance by Uganda makes me wonder if, just like the Division 1 tournament involving the top 6 Associates that will be held in Kenya in Jan 2007, one such tournament involving the next 6 Associates can really help the game’s progress in those countries? Am sure if Nepal can be made the hosts, such a tournament can infact be made self-sufficient.

    For starters, the teams that can participate are: Uganda, Denmark, Nepal, Afghanistan, USA and probably Malaysia. The 6 teams can play against each other in a round-robin format. The top 2 teams from the tournament could be allowed to participate in the subsequent edition of the Intercontinental Cup while the 2 bottom placed teams in the Intercontinental Cup can be relegated to play this tournament that can be held every 2 years.

    Ideally, the 8 teams playing the Intercontinental Cup should play against each other home/away over a 2-year period on a league format with the leader being tagged the Champion Associate country. In this way, not only will the lesser Associates get to play multi-day cricket against quality opposition, the Intercontinental Cup also assumes added significance.

  11. June 9, 2006 at 12:23 am

    Ram, there is a Div 2 and a Div 3 in WCQS. Div 2 will contain Denmark, UAE, Oman and Namibia plus 2 qualifiers from Div 3.

    Div 3 already contains USA, Uganda, PNG, Italy, and the remaining 4 spots will be taken up by top ranked side in ACC trophy 2006, EAP Trophy 2006, Africa Cup 2006 and 1 from Americas (either Caymans or Argentina)

    Div 3 is going to take place next year, and I hope that it will not be pooled by a round robin league. Div 2 will take place in 2008.

    btw… how is USA a good cricket team? I thought we at least agreed that having 40 year old retired WI cricketers is not representative of any development structure.

  12. Ram
    June 9, 2006 at 9:40 am

    Nasir..I feel if Canada can be placed in Div 1, then USA in Div 2 shouldn’t be such a big issue. I thought countries like Oman, PNG and Italy may be too weak for teams like Nepal or Uganda or Denmark and hence thought USA might be a better team, atleast to start with, though I agree that a country like Argentina or Tanzania with better promise for development may get more out of such tournaments!

    Yes, I know that the Div 2 and 3 tournaments will take place over the next couple of years as part of the World Cup 2011 qualifiers but I would like atleast one such additional tournament that would act as a gateway to the Intercontinental Cup for these countries. I feel more countries should be provided with the oppurtunity to play in the Intercontinental Cup as that would add value to that tournament.

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