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Opinion: Decent publicity for Uganda/Kenya series….

I have been following the newspapers of both countries and there has been a decent amount of interest shown by both nations in covering the ongoing tour…… this bodes well for Cricket in East Africa……

To me, such 10 day tours should be the norm between the East Africans, now that Tanzania is doing well too…… There should be at least 1 Uganda/Kenya, 1 Uganda/Tanzania and 1 Kenya/Tanzania series every year, so 3 tours in all. Hosts can be rotated every year…. Mombasa is quite close to Dar us Salam, and Kampala is quite close to Nairobi, so the travel costs should not be dramatic at least for these series…… there is perhaps also the potential to make this into a commercial venture? Nonetheless, it is something that should be tried…..

The format of the 10 day tour is fine as well……1 3 day match, and 3 OD matches……. best of all worlds……

Lets see what kind of crowd interest Uganda is going to get for their ODs, becuase I think this is the first time they are hosting a full associate for ODs after they have rapidly increased their particiaption levels………

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  1. September 23, 2006 at 3:56 am

    ICC may also want to take special interest in the region as a whole…… Tanzania/Uganda/Kenya combined are not only 3 of the promising countries, but they have a combined population of 95 million……. the countries are also relatively poor, so ICCs grants can actually have a much more drastic affect on the cricketing standards i.e. a lot more can be achieved……….

    Also, these 3 countries are part of different social and economic coorperation activities as well, so it is only natural for them to also get involved in cricketing activities, and will perhaps lead to regional rivalries which is good for them all……

  2. Ram
    September 23, 2006 at 9:25 am

    Yes! That’s why I fail to understand why the ICC keeps pouring millions into USA, Canada and UAE when a lot more can be achieved with much lesser expenditure on more promising countries like Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and of course, Nepal and Afghanistan…It’s also interesting to see the amount of press coverage the game enjoys in these African countries despite having had little exposure to the game at the highest level and having taken to the game only recently…

    About inter-African cricket, I would like to see an annual tournament involving Zim, Kenya, Namibia, Uganda and Tanzania in addition to the tours you pointed out….SA A may also be included but I feel they may be too strong for most of these countries to begin with; maybe they can be brought in after a couple of years….Such a tournament involving so many countries will also create a lot more excitement about the sport in the region and can potentially be a money-spinner if organized properly in Uganda or Tanzania and later in Kenya who clearly have problems now in attracting sponsorships due to the KCA’s legacy…

  3. Ram
    September 23, 2006 at 9:41 am

    I just realized that such a tournament involving SA A, Zim A, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia has been planned for Dec this year, though it’s yet to be confirmed….Just a couple of issues: why Zim A and not Zim?….Also, why not host the event in Tanzania or Uganda instead of Zim or SA?

  4. September 23, 2006 at 1:12 pm

    why Zim A and not Zim?….
    Zim would be too strong I guess for the likes of Tanzania etc….. and actually the current Zim team may be too strong for Kenya too……. availability might be an issue as well

    Also, why not host the event in Tanzania or Uganda instead of Zim or SA?
    better facilities, better grounds

  5. Ram
    September 24, 2006 at 6:53 pm

    Prior to the start of this series, I thought playing against Zim might help Uganda improve by playing in a stiffer competition than what the Zim A team can provide but given the fact that Kenya have comfortably defeated Uganda in the first two ODIs, it seems as though Uganda and Tanzania need to first raise their level to Zim A and then hope to become competitive against Zim…

  6. September 24, 2006 at 9:19 pm

    Well…… this Uganda team is about 1/2 as strong as what they can be….. if they have all their players…..

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