Baby Cricket Cranes take World Cup preps to India

Baby Cricket Cranes take World Cup preps to India

The Uganda U-19 boys’ cricket team, Baby Cricket Cranes’ training squad will be visiting Sanjay Farm in India for two weeks from May 13th- May 25th for a training camp.

The training squad of 16 players has been undergoing training since the start of 2023 under the guidance of Head Coach Isaneez Emmanuel and his Assistant Robinson Turinawe.

The squad includes players who have been selected from different parts of the country, the squad includes seven players Fahad Mutagana, Christopher Kidega, Sowobi Yunusi, Omara Ronald, Asaba Brian, and Joseph Baguma who were part of the 2022 U-19 World Cup in West Indies.

Fahad Mutagana has been chosen as the new Captain of the Future Cricket Cranes replacing Pascal Murungi.

The team will play six 50-over games and one T20 match against select sides organized by Sanjay Farm during the two-week visit.

During the visit, the team will get a chance to work with a specialized batting coach Hemal Vatekar who will advise both the players and the technical team on how to better improve their skills.

“We would like to thank Sanjay Farm for inviting us and this is a true commitment to their promise to help us improve our development teams. Sanjay Farm has offered to look after all the team expenses on the trip including accommodation, meals, facilities, and playing uniforms for our boys. This tour should help not just our players but also our technical team to better prepare the boys ahead of the qualifiers in July in Tanzania,” Joshua Mwanja Operations Manager of Uganda Cricket Association said.

Head Coach Isaneez Emmanuel believes that the team is already in good shape and be fine-tuned in India with the global qualifier around the corner.

“The U-19 boys are preparing for the U-19 boys Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in Tanzania in July so we have been taking them through physical, technical, tactical, and mental aspects that will help the process of preparation. The trip to India is part of our warm-up engagements which involves playing against strong youth in Gujarati at Sanjay Farm so that we gain the necessary experience we need before July, India is known for producing quality spinners in the game of cricket so this is a good platform for our boys to learn more from them while they play against them, of course, we are also looking at developing the competitive mindset and positive smart cricket so we shall use this opportunity given to exercise what we need as a team,” Isaneez noted.

Uganda has qualified for three editions (2004, 2006, and 2022) of the U-19 World Cup and they will be seeking to make it back to back qualification in Tanzania from July 23rd-29th.

The qualifiers will have six teams (Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Namibia, and Kenya) with only one team earning the right to represent Africa in Sri Lanka in 2024.

Team: Fahad Mutagana (Captain), Anas Baig, Pius Oloka, Christopher Kidega, Sowobi Yunusi, Omara Ronald, Baguma Joseph, Musa Majid, Conrad Lubwama, Gerald Olipa, Nyiiro Jonathan, Ochaya Jaffer, Ocen Peter, Tandia Abdul Aziz, Balidawa Ali, Brian Asaba.

Officials: Emmanuel Isaneez (Head Coach), Turinawe Robinson (Assistant Coach), Richard Okia (Analyst), Habiba Anguyo Kulusumu (Physiotherapist), Rokani Slyvester (Team Manager).

Tour Schedule:

13/05/2023 – TRAVEL
14/05/2023 – Arrival
15/05/2023 – LIGHT TRAINING
16/05/2023 – 50 OVER GAME
17/05/2023 – 50 OVER GAME
18/05/2023 – REST DAY
19/05/2023 – 50 OVER GAME
20/05/2023 – 50 OVER GAME
21/05/2023 – REST DAY
22/05/2023 – 50 OVER GAME
23/05/2023 – 50 OVER GAME
24/05/2023 – T20 Afternoon
25/05/2023 – Departure

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