21 February 2013

Uganda: Guide to T20 Championship


John Vianney Nsimbe gives a low down on each of the 18 players that made the final squad that will defend the ICC Africa Region Division One T20 championship in Kampala.

Roger Mukasa: Patidar

One of the leading batsmen in the country, Mukasa scored 327 runs in ten games last season. He is deservedly the opener because of his fine technique.

He is the kind of player that will easily score a century but at the same time, his daring approach puts him at risk of being out early like was the case in the first two games in the 2011 T20 African championship, where he was the sixth best batsman with 200 runs in 8 games. Mukasa has also improved his spin-bowling.

Arthur Kyobe: Tornado

Recently in Oman on a semi-professional stint, the left-handed batsman is fondly remembered for his fine display in the final of the ICC Africa region division one T20 championship in 2011.

Two of the sixes he hit resulted in the loss of two balls as Uganda won the Cup. He also helped Tornado cricket club win the league title last year since 2009. He is also an improving slow right-hand bowler that can pick a few scalps.

Khalid Moothosamy: Delford, South Africa

A recent addition to team Uganda, the South African based player has proven to be a real asset being an all-rounder. More significantly, he can wicket keep. His first outing for Uganda was during the team's tour to the UAE last month, where he impressed with some good run scores in the five one-day games Uganda played.

In fact in two of the games he averaged 50 runs, the kind of return that will be needed from a player who knows how to protect his wicket.

Lawrence Sematimba: Patidar

Famed for his good wicket-keeping, Sematimba has served the national team for close to ten years now. Though small and short, Sematimba is a reliable batsman, who can open the batting, come in at the middle order or at the tail-end and will still prove effective.

Davis Arinaitwe: Wanderers

The team Captain, a right-hand spin bowler led the team to its last major title with some telling performances even with the bat. He is arguably the best all-rounder in the team today with 262 runs in 13 games and 26 wickets in 119.6 overs last season.

Deus Muhumuza: Tornado

Last season, in the nine games he played for Wanderers, he scored 210 runs while in the 63 overs he bowled, he took only six wickets. In the 2011 edition of this championship, he was the best bowler, taking 18 wickets in nine games.

Jonathan Sebanja: Charity

Part of Uganda's franchise team Rwenzori Warriors that won the East Africa Premier League T20 tournament last year, Sebanja is as good a batsman as he is a bowler. But one peculiar thing about him is the fact that he is a left-handed bowler but a right-handed batsman.

At his club, he is Captain and leads in every domain. He scored 210 runs in 13 games and in 88.3 overs picked 23 wickets, which was seventh highest in the league last season. He will be largely relied on as a bowler by team Uganda.

Mohammed Shafeek: Challengers

Ranked number 13 in the league as a bowler last year, Shafeek, a right-hand off-spinner picked 18 wickets in 64.5 overs. But he also does well with the bat as he was the best Challengers had last season with a total of 213 runs in 13 games.

Franco Nsubuga: Tornado

Scored the winning runs over Namibia in the finals of this championship in 2011. With his experience, Nsubuga is a consistent performer or both club and country. And as a spin-bowler, he is quite difficult to handle. In the tournament in 2011, he took five wickets in 32 overs and posted 105 runs in 8 games.

Shaaiq Choudhry: Worcestershire, England

The right-hand batsman, who delivers a slow left-arm ball had an above average experience in the UAE recently during his maiden outing with team Uganda.

The fact that he plays County cricket in England means that he features at one of the highest levels of cricket in the world, where he has also picked wickets of England stars like Kevin Pietersen. That should bring something to the team going forward.

Charles Waiswa: Patidar

Waiswa is a bright talent on the team whose consistent involvement with the national team in all versions of the game is invaluable. A fast paced left-handed bowler, he is a leading bowler. Last time round, in 33 overs, he picked 10 wickets. In the league last season, he was the second best bowler with 29 wickets in 91.2 overs.

Benjamin Musoke: Tornado

A prime batsman, he is the kind that will steady the innings when things seem to be going haywire. He is calm and collected and wins important matches like he showed in inspiring Tornado to the league title last year.

Henry Senyondo: Charity

Primarily a right-handed spin-bowler, the youngster isn't the kind to easily give away runs because of his relatively tricky bowling style.

Daniel Ruyange: Challengers

The elder brother of tennis star Duncan Mugabe will predominantly be called upon to bowl his usual fast balls. Because of his athleticism, he comes across as a good fielder too.

Richard Okia: Tornado

In 2005, Okia was a big prospect but he went off the boil. He is now back in the fold because of quick-fire batting that is suited to T20 cricket. He isn't the kind to play cautiously, so he can easily be taken out. But when he is on song, you can't bet against him banging a century.

Ronald Semanda: Charity

A patient player with a laid back character, Semanda brings an all-rounder tag to the table. But if you want one wicket in the final over, he is the one player you can count on to deliver the team.

His returns last season weren't that good (136 runs in nine games and zero wickets in one over) but because of his pedigree he is on the team; he is the man for the occasion.

Arthur Ziraba: Wanderers

His trade is the bat and you won't see Ziraba anywhere near the ball. In 2011 T20 tournament, he was called on to bat six times and he scored 134 runs. His league form was also impressive scoring 222 runs in 11 games.

Brian Masaba: Nile

He made a good account of himself in the 2011 T20 tournament with 12 wickets in 8 games. Two of these wickets came in the final. But he goes into this tournament with an admirable record. Last season, he picked 32 wickets in 108 overs and was the number one bowler.

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