26 July 2010

Uganda: Country Decries Unfair International Cricket Council Ban

Besides the huge loss of life, injuries, instilling fear and the usual economic short comings that terrorism causes, there are further consequences on the areas it chooses to befall. Uganda's cricket fraternity has just discovered as such.

Cricket's international body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), has slapped a home game suspension on the nation citing insecurity after twin bomb attacks rocked the city of Kampala on the night of July 11. Uganda was supposed to host Namibia from September 16-27 in an ICC Intercontinental Shield fixture. The game has now been moved to Windhoek, Namibia.

But the Uganda Cricket Association (UCA), the premier cricket body that governs the game Uganda, has officially protested ICC's decision.

"We have written back to ICC protesting their decision to take the games to Namibia. We're sure of our players', official and fans' safety here in Kampala and our capacity to host the game is not questionable." Said Justine Ligyalingi, the CEO of UCA.

ICC had actually asked UCA to give them a detailed security plan for the fixture which if they had been convinced with, the game in Kampala. However, ICC received a letter from their Competitions and women's cricket officer David Thorley.

In the letter, Thorley wrote: "We have followed due process in this situation and sought the advice of the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) who said it would not be appropriate in the present to hold a match in Uganda."

But Ligyalingi is adamant to take that theory. "We have replied the ICC and provided them with a tight security plan drafted by both UCA and government security officials. We have also offered to shift the match to the Entebbe ground which has just got a new club house and has better security environs." He said.

Ligyalingi who believes that the suspension is unfairly harsh on Uganda said that incase it is not possible to play in Uganda, it should be played elsewhere. "If we're not able to secure a turn around of the decision, then at least we would wish it is played in a neutral country and not Namibia."

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