May 16, 2013

Uganda’s Kenneth Kamyuka makes it to List of Top 50 cricketers

Kenneth Kamyuka jumps for joy as he collects a wicket
Kenneth Kamyuka jumps for joy as he collects a wicket

The Uganda-born allrounder is on the list of the top 50 cricketers from non-Test playing nations,

Kenneth Kamyuka was perhaps the most talented of a golden generation of Ugandan cricketers that helped make the African nation one of the leading Associates. Along with Joel Olwenyi and Frank Nsubuga, this fast bowling allrounder provided the nucleus of a squad that played in the ICC Intercontinental Cup and came close to World Cup qualification.

Making his senior debut as an 18-year-old, his first major tournament was the ICC Trophy in 2001 where, batting at No.10, he smashed a century off only 54 balls against Malaysia to pull off the unlikeliest of victories. Despite never leading Uganda to a World Cup, his ICC Trophy record – averaging 56 with the bat and 21 with the ball – is testament to his talent. Add to this 21 wickets in only four first-class matches and you have some measure of the man.

After averaging a frankly absurd 6.33 with the ball in leading the World Cricket League 3 averages in 2009 he left Uganda to become a paid professional in the Canadian league, where he plays with Ugandan-born Canadian international Henry Osinde and became the first African player to win the Player of the Season accolade. He has stated his intention to represent Canada and has now completed his residency qualification.

Barrington Sports

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