Cricket Cranes Embark on India Training Camp for Rigorous World Cup Preparations

Sebowa Emmanuel

In a strategic move aimed at honing their skills for the impending World Cup, the Uganda Senior National Men’s Cricket Team, the Cricket Cranes, embarked on a transformative journey to the prestigious Omtex ICWC Cricket Institute in Saphale, Maharashtra, India.

Nestled in the scenic beauty of Saphale, the Omtex ICWC Cricket Institute stands as a beacon of cricket excellence, boasting state-of-the-art infrastructure and international-standard pitches both indoors and outdoors. The lush greenery and pristine air provide an idyllic backdrop for the team’s 12-day training camp, where they will refine their skills under the guidance of expert coaches.

The Cricket Cranes’ itinerary is filled with competitive fixtures against esteemed opponents, including matches against the Mumbai Cricket Association Senior Men’s Team, top teams from Mumbai A Division, and the formidable Omtex ICWC Senior Men’s Team. This demanding schedule aims to fortify the team’s resilience and strategic acumen as they prepare for the pinnacle of cricket competition.

Among the 15-player squad, one new face stands out – Innocent Mwebaze, making his debut in senior cricket. The inclusion of experienced players like Juma Miyagi and Cosmas Kyewuta, along with the return of Fred Achellam and Ronald Lutaaya, underscores the team’s commitment to a balanced and formidable lineup.

Interim Head Coach Jackson expressed enthusiasm about the training camp, emphasizing the significance of the Omtex experience in fine-tuning skills ahead of the World Cup. The tour not only serves as a platform for intense preparation but also provides an opportunity to evaluate players for an extended squad as the global tournament draws near.

The Cricket Cranes are set to engage in a series of nine T20 practice games against select sides in India, showcasing their dedication and thirst for competitive exposure.

The journey is more than just matches; it signifies a holistic approach to building camaraderie and resilience, crucial elements for success on the world stage.
As the squad already took flight to India, led by seasoned players like Brian Masaba, Simon Ssesazi, and Roger Mukasa, the technical team, including Interim Head Coach Jackson Ogwang, Physiotherapist Shamim Nassali, Team Analyst Steven Tusiime, Strength and Conditioning Coach Emmanuel Oroma, and Team Manager Charles Waiswa, will ensure that every aspect of their preparation aligns with the pursuit of excellence.

The Cricket Cranes’ quest for glory unfolds at Omtex ICWC Cricket Institute, symbolizing not just a training camp but a transformative experience that could shape their destiny on the grand stage of the World Cup.
The team has already arrived in India and it is ready for the games.

*Travelling Squad*
Brian Masaba (C), Simon Ssesazi, Roger Mukasa, Alpesh Ramjani, Dinesh Nakrani, Juma Miyagi, Robinson Obuya, Kenneth Waiswa, Cyrus Kakuru (Wk), Henry Ssenyondo, Frank Nsubuga, Fred Achellam (Wk), Innocent Mwebaze, Ronald Lutaaya, Jonathan Ssebanja, David Wabwire.

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