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News: Uganda getting ready for Kenya….

New Vision today reported on the plans of the Ugandan team during their series against Kenya.

I have some comments.

First of all, the article mentions the Kenya/Bermuda/Uganda in Novemeber, again. I think that since this time it has come from the Uganda Cricket association itself, it should be taken a sure bet. This is good omen for Cricket in the East Africa region.

Secondly, it talks about the 5 missing players, and how they will all be called for the triangular series. 5 missing players?? Thats too much. What is the problem with Uganda association?? They currently have $100K in funding from ICC, they can very easily make their team fully paid pros. It will not cost them more than $20K per year if they were to pay 16 players six times the average household income in Uganda !!. I dont think it is forgivable that they cannot hold onto their players.

Fielding U19 team players? I think they are going the Nepal way. You cannot just put performing U19 players in the national team and expect them to shine. Definitely not 6 of them. 1-2 is probably the most you can do. Depends upon mentality and talent though.

Categories: Kenya, Uganda
  1. Bensti
    September 21, 2006 at 7:10 pm

    Unfortunately, Kenny Kamyuka, Emanuel Isaneez and Patrick Ochan were not considered by the national selectors for failing to turn up to some training sessions.
    Ochan has also had commitments with the national Davis Cup tennis program, which has probably made it difficult for him to attend some cricket meetings.
    Junior Kwebiha is having some time off from cricket.
    According to what I’ve read, the selectors want to set a standard of discipline that every player must abide by and that means turning up to every session.
    Of course, Kamyuka has come out in the press and stated that it was a simple matter of communication breakdown, so the full story remains a mystery.
    Despite, the talent coming through, it is hard to see Uganda troubling Kenya with this inexperienced line-up.
    All five pace bowlers from the ICC Trophy (Isaneez, Waiswa, Kamyuka, Kwebiha & Ochan) are out of the Uganda side for this series, so the odds are against them.

    Also, it requires far more than 100k to run a cricket organization the size of the UCA. (Full time employees, groundsmen, equipment for junior development, bills, etc)
    Its not feasable for them to spend 100k on five or six players at this stage.

  2. Bensti
    September 21, 2006 at 7:18 pm

    Just an update Nasir.

    Patrick Ochan is currently competing in an ITF Tournament in Rwanda.

    He was beaten 6-3, 6-0 by Vishal Punna of India.

    It will be interesting to see which sport he pursues in the future.

  3. September 22, 2006 at 10:45 am

    $100K? I am only talking about $20K needed just for national team players…….. the remaining $80K can go into running UCA, which was in any case running on far less ($46K) before this year……

    UCA may have a lot of employees, but it also is quite a poor country, with quite a few sponsors….. so they should be able to have the pro full time squad without too much of a problem…….

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