By Alex Bossa
The Uganda Cricket Association announced the signing of Suraj Karavadra as the new coach for the Lady Cricket Cranes. Siraj is a fourth generation Ugandan whose great – grandfather lived in Jinja as a businessman before the expulsion of Asians from Uganda by former President Idi Amin.
“I am very excited to be working with a group of very talented cricketers. My passion has always been for women’s cricket, helping them cross boundaries, become stronger, and reach new heights. I want the team to feel inspired, to push boundaries further than ever, and as a team, reach a whole new level of success. I can’t wait to get started, to get to know the team, to dive into the culture, to apply my knowledge and experience, and to continue the incredible legacy that The Lady Cricket Cranes have already created,”s aid the former assistant women’s head coach of Leicestershire County Cricket Club.
The latest development comes after the players took their 1st dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine early this week in preparation for their upcoming international engagements. The Lady Cricket Cranes are preparing for the T20 world cup qualifiers to be hosted by Botswana in September this year and the 2022 Commonwealth games in Birmingham next year.
Suraj takes charge of the team which last tested success in 2017 when the Lady Cranes were crowned the queens of Africa in Namibia where they earned a right to compete in the global qualifiers in the Netherlands in 2018.
For the past two months, the Lady Cricket Cranes have been engaged in two separate group training with Davis Turinawe taking charge of the Kampala group and Ivan Kakande taking charge of the Soroti group.