Lady Cricket Cranes pull out of the Kwibuka Memorial Tournament after players test positive

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By Alex Bossa

The Uganda Cricket Association has confirmed the cancellation of the Lady Cricket Cranes’ participation in the Kwibuka Memorial tournament as a number of players tested positive of Covid 19.

The team which was flagged off yesterday was set to play their opening game of the tournament on 4th June 2021 against Namibia Women cricket team.

“Unfortunately, due to some Covid – 19 positive tests within the Lady Cricket Cranes bio – bubble, we have been forced to bite the bullet and cancel their trip to Kigali Rwanda for the Kwibuka Women’s Twenty20 Tournament at the 11th hour. ”a statement read from a press release which was signed by the Uganda Cricket Association CEO Martin Ondeko.

Uganda’s withdrawal leaves only four teams at the tournament that is hosts Rwanda, Namibia, Nigeria and Botswana after both Kenya and Tanzania had declined  the invitations.

The Uganda Cricket association not only cancelled the Lady Cricket Crane’s tour to Kigali but also decided to cancel all Cricket activities in the country until further notice.

“We have forthwith cancelled all cricket until further notice including the Men’s Twenty20 League, Cricket Cranes, Lady Cricket Cranes and U19 Boys’ cricket Cranes training until further notice”. A Press release continued to read.

The U19 boys’ team was training for their forthcoming U19 World cup qualifiers due to take place in September this year in Nigeria. Their last effort saw the boys finish 3rd in Namibia and have failed to qualify for the world cup since the 2006 World Cup.

The association will hold a meeting with both the Ministry of Health and National Council of Sports on a way forward as the players are being encouraged to self Isolate for at least 10 days.

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