Uganda’s National Cricket team has qualified for the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 event to take place in Namibia in January next year.
The team stopped Bermuda by 7 wickets (with 151 balls remaining) this morning in their last round robin game at the on-going ICC World Cricket League Division 3 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Roger Mukasa was the star again with 86 runs, while Jonathan Ssebbanja and Arthur Kyobe picked 20 and 18 runs respectively. Bermuda who is bottom of the log batted first and put on 140 (39.5 overs). Leverock Kamau was the highest scorer for Bermuda with 27 runs.
Apart from hosts Malaysia who stopped Uganda on Monday, the team skippered by Frank Nsubuga picked wins against favorites Nepal, USA and Singapore. The best two teams that automatically qualify for the Division 2 event in Namibia will battle in the final on Thursday.
Justine Ligyalingi, the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) said on phone that he is gratified with performance showcased by the team. He said they will continue to facilitate the team well so that they can perform well in Namibia to stay in Division 2.
The official said previously the International Cricket Council (ICC) would offer about UGX810 million (US$350,000) for High performance to all teams in Division 2 annually. He explained that ICC is revising the figure and could increase it for the four teams that stay in Division 2.
The best two teams from the Division 3 event in Malaysia will now join Kenya, Canada, Netherlands and Namibia for the event in Namibia which will determine who benefits from ICC funding.