Uganda national cricket team

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Uganda
Logo
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ICC membership granted 1998
ICC member status Associate member
ICC development region Africa
World Cricket League division Three
Captain Davis Arinaitwe
Coach Martin Suji
First recorded match 1951/52 – Opponent either Kenya or Tanganyika
First class cricket
First class matches played 4
First class wins/losses 1/3
List A cricket
List A matches played 7
List A wins/losses 1/5
ICC World Cup Qualifier
Appearances 2 (First in 2001)
Best result 10th place, 2001
As of 23 July 2007

The Uganda national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Uganda in international cricket matches. Having previously been part of the combined East African and East and Central African teams, they became an associate member of the International Cricket Council in their own right in 1998.1 They began to play international cricket in 1951/52 when they first took part in a triangular tournament against regional rivals Kenya and Tanzania (then Tanganyika).2

They have competed in the ICC Trophy on two occasions, in 20013 and 2005.4 They won Division Three of the World Cricket League in Darwin, Australia in 2007, qualifying them for Division Two of the same tournament towards the end of 2007,5 which also qualified them for a spot on the ICC's High Performance Program.6 In April 2009, Uganda took part in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers, held in South Africa, and came 10th,thus relegated to 2011 ICC World Cricket League Division Two.It came 5th there and thus was relegated to 2013 ICC World Cricket League Division Three .

History

East Africa team

Uganda combined with their regional rivals Kenya and Tanzania to form the East Africa team. The first known match for this team was against a South African "Non-Europeans" team captained by Basil D'Oliveira in September 1958 in Nairobi, with the visitors winning by seven wickets.7 East Africa became an associate member of the ICC in 19668 and India toured the following year, winning a match against Uganda by 6 wickets9 before a first-class match against East Africa in Kampala which India won by 8 wickets.10

East Africa toured England in 197211 and the Marylebone Cricket Club played a first-class match against East Africa in January 1974, winning by 237 runs.12 The following year, East Africa played in the 1975 Cricket World Cup in England. After various warm-up games, including a 3 wicket win against Glamorgan,13 they played New Zealand, India and England in the World Cup itself, losing all three matches.14 The World Cup was followed by a first-class match against Sri Lanka at the County Ground, Taunton, which the Sri Lankans won by 115 runs.15 East Africa played in the ICC Trophies of 1979,16 198217 and 1986,18 without qualifying for the World Cup from any of them.

Uganda continued playing their regular matches against Kenya and Tanzania, despite Kenya leaving the East Africa combination in19 and the triangular tournament became a quadrangular tournament in 1966 when Zambia joined in. From then until the tournament's end in 1980, Uganda won the tournament just once.2

East and Central Africa cricket team

The East Africa team left the ICC in 19898 and was replaced by the East and Central Africa team the same year.20 This new team was a combination of Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, and they took part in the ICC Trophy for the first time in 1990, also taking part in 1994, 1997 and 2001.21

Setting out on their own

Uganda left the East and Central Africa combination and became an associate member of the ICC in their own right in 1998. Their first international tournament was the 2001 ICC Trophy. After winning all five of their first round games, they lost a play-off match against the UAE for the right to enter the second stage of the tournament.3 The following year, they finished third in their group in the Africa Cup.22

In 2004, Uganda played their first first-class matches in the ICC Intercontinental Cup against Kenya and Namibia, winning against Namibia.23 In August that year, they finished second to Namibia in the Africa Cricket Association Championships in Zambia.24 This qualified them for the following years ICC Trophy, in which they finished in twelfth and last place after losing to Papua New Guinea in their final play-off match.4 Earlier in the year, they again played against Namibia and Kenya in the 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup, losing both games.25

Present day

Joel Olweny, Captain of the Uganda Cricket team
Uganda celebrate winning Division Three of the World Cricket League in 2007

In January 2007, Uganda faced Bermuda26 and Canada27 as those two teams prepared for Division One of the World Cricket League in Nairobi.28 This also served as preparation for Uganda's visit to Darwin, Australia, for Division Three of the same tournament. Uganda won their Group B games against the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong and Tanzania before beating Papua New Guinea in the semi-final29 and Argentina in the tournament final.5 Winning Division Three earnt Uganda a spot in the ICC's High Performance Program,6 and promotion to Division Two.

Uganda took part in a four-team Twenty20 tournament prior to the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup, playing games against Pakistan, Kenya, and Bangladesh in Nairobi. As expected, they lost against Pakistan and Bangladesh, losing but they stunned African rivals Kenya with a two-wicket win.30

Their next matches were two one-day games against Bermuda, also in Nairobi, in October 2007. They surprised their more experienced rivals, going down by just seven runs after Nandikishore Patel scored a half-century,31 before winning the second match by 43 runs with Joel Olwenyi scoring a half-century of his own.32

In November 2007, Uganda travelled to Windhoek, Namibia to participate in the WCL Division Two tournament. Uganda lost their group matches against; Denmark, Namibia, Oman and the UAE but did defeat Argentina in their group match and also their positional playoff to finish fifth.33 Uganda's bottom two finish saw them relegated to Division Three.34

In January 2009, Uganda won four of their five group matches and edged Papua New Guinea on run rate, to finish second in the ICC Division 3 competition in Buenos Aires, Argentina and earn the final place at the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier.35

In April 2009, Uganda travelled to South Africa for the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier. Despite a first up win against Namibia, Uganda lost their remaining four Group A matches and failed to make the Super Eight stage, thus ending their chance to qualify for the 2011 Cricket World Cup.36 Uganda finished 10th overall after beating Denmark but losing to Bermuda in positional playoff matches,and thus was relegated to 2013 ICC World Cricket League Division Three.37

Tournament history

World Cup

ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers

ICC Intercontinental Cup

World Cricket League

ICC World Cup Qualifier

The future

As a result of their tenth place finish at the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier, Uganda are currently competing in the 2009–10 ICC Intercontinental Shield.

Uganda will continue to receive ICC funding from the ICC High Performance Programme and will participate in the next World Cricket League Division Two in 2011.40

Players

For a list of Ugandan first-class cricketers, see: List of Ugandan first-class cricketers
The following table lists the 16 players in Uganda's squad for the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier.46
Name Age Batting style Bowling style ODI matches FC matches Notes
Batsmen
Arthur Kyobe 25 LHB OB
Benjamin Musoke 37 RHB RMF
Nand Kishore 32 RHB RMF
Ronald Ssemanda 25 RHB (unknown)
All-rounders
Junior Kwebiha 33 RHB RM Captain
Kenneth Kamyuka 32 RHB RFM
Frank Nsubuga 33 RHB OB
Joel Olwenyi 33 RHB RMF
Wicket-keepers
Roger Mukasa 24 RHB RM
Lawrence Sematimba 31 RHB OB
Bowlers
Davis Arinaitwe 27 RHB OB Occasional wicketkeeper
Asadu Seiga 27 RHB RM
Charles Waiswa 26 LHB LM
Danniel Ruyange 28 RHB (unknown)

† Danniel Ruyange later withdrawn.

Future Matches

See also

References

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  2. ^ a b History of Kenyan cricket
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  4. ^ a b c 2005 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
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  6. ^ a b Denmark added to ICC High Performance Program, ICC Europe Media Release at European Cricket Council official site
  7. ^ Scorecard of East Africa v South African Non-Europeans, 13 September 1958 at Cricket Archive
  8. ^ a b East Africa at Cricket Archive
  9. ^ Scorecard of Uganda v India, 29 July 1967 at Cricket Archive
  10. ^ Scorecard of East Africa v India, 19 August 1967 at Cricket Archive
  11. ^ East Africa in England 1972 at Cricket Archive
  12. ^ Scorecard of East Africa v MCC, 18 January 1974
  13. ^ Scorecard of Glamorgan v East Africa], 5 June 1975 at Cricket Archive
  14. ^ 1975 World Cup at Cricinfo
  15. ^ Scorecard of East Africa v Sri Lanka, 23 June 1975 at Cricket Archive
  16. ^ 1979 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  17. ^ 1982 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  18. ^ 1986 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  19. ^ Kenya at Cricket Archive
  20. ^ East and Central Africa at Cricket Archive
  21. ^ ICC Trophy matches played by East and Central Africa at Cricket Archive
  22. ^ 2002 Africa Cup at CricketEurope
  23. ^ a b 2004 ICC Intercontinental Cup at CricketEurope
  24. ^ African qualifying for the 2005 ICC Trophy at CricketEurope
  25. ^ a b 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup at CricketEurope
  26. ^ Scorecard of Bermuda v Uganda, 27 January 2007 at Cricket Archive
  27. ^ Scorecard of Canada v Uganda, 28 January 2007 at Cricket Archive
  28. ^ 2007 ICC World Cricket League Division One at Cricket Archive
  29. ^ 2007 ICC World Cricket League Division Three at CricketEurope
  30. ^ Uganda Win All-African Clash As Kenya Disappoint, 2 September 2007, www.cricketworld.com
  31. ^ http://www.cricketworld.com/bermuda-hang-on-to-clinch-narrow-win-over-uganda/13675.htm Bermuda Hang On To Clinch Narrow Win Over Uganda, 23 October 2007, www.cricketworld.com
  32. ^ http://www.cricketworld.com/uganda-hit-back-with-43-run-win-over-bermuda/13680.htm Uganda Hit Back With 43-Run Win Over Bermuda, 24 October 2007, www.cricketworld.com
  33. ^ Cricinfo, Accessed 22 February 2009
  34. ^ World Cricket League structure
  35. ^ Cricinfo, Accessed 4 May 2009
  36. ^ Cricinfo, Accessed 4 May 2009
  37. ^ Cricinfo, Accessed 4 May 2009
  38. ^ 2003 World Cup at Cricinfo
  39. ^ 2007 World Cup at Cricinfo
  40. ^ a b Cricinfo, Accessed 4 May 2009
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  45. ^ Cricinfo, Accessed 28 January 2014
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