By Kirunda Wycliffe
Brian Masaba will be captaining Cricket Cranes in the forthcoming Africa T20 Cup that is scheduled for 16th to 23rd of September in South Africa as the team looks at rebuilding after missing out on the One Day International status when they finished second on the table in Jersey.
Skipper Brain Masaba returns at a time when the team is looking at rebuilding for more tournaments and bringing in a few of the youngsters that played for Uganda at the U-19 World Cup in West Indies earlier this year.
Having captained Cricket Cranes during the second round of ICC Challenge League B tournament that was held in Kampala, Brain Masaba missed out on the T20 World Cup Qualifiers which were held in Bulawayo Zimbabwe due to injury that he suffered during a warm up training, a tournament that would have seen Uganda make its first senior men’s team World Cup appearance as they finished fifth.
Kenneth Waiswa was given a chance to lead the Cricket Cranes team at the T20 World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe, showing good character in captaincy in Brian Masaba’s absence despite the team not qualifying for the main event in Australia this October.
Due to the same injury, Masaba Brian was unable to travel with the team to Jersey for the final round of the ICC Challenge League B tournament that saw Deus Muhumuza replace him as the captain.
Dues Muhumuza was phenomenal with his performance, leading from the front as a captain but the team seemed to miss the services of Brian Masaba because of his playing style that helps the team to hold wickets incase of any kind of rapid falling of wickets.
Brain Masaba made his first cricket club appearance after recovering from injury, where he scored a half century and picked six wickets, he will be looking at rebuilding from the performance as he leads the senior men’s team at the tournament.
A number of four new faces will be representing Uganda at the Africa T20 Cup that will be taking place in South Africa. Uganda is grouped in Pool A alongside Ghana, Nigeria and Malawi while Pool B has Kenya, Botswana, Cameroon and Mozambique.