By Kirunda Wycliffe
What a year it has been for a few cricketers who have managed to trade their cricket talent to the rest of the world with the ball and the bat.
And when mentioning such players the name Juma Miyagi can’t go missing after his phenomenal appearance at the concluded 2022 ICC Men’s U19 World Cup that took place in West Indies this year.
Despite the team not picking any win in the group stage and going on to register only two wins in the competition, Juma Miyagi was so keen on his bowling stats throughout the whole tournament as he picked 13 wickets in total helping Uganda finish 13th out of 16 nations.
His performance was just enough for the youngster to be entrusted with the ball in Namibia during the Castle Lite series where he happened to make his senior team debut and the rest has been history for him.
Juma Miyagi has gone on to cement his starting spot in the senior men’s team more so with the ball but slowly working out his efforts to perfect his batting skills as well.
Simon Ssesazi figures in a calendar year can’t go unnoticed as he became the first Ugandan cricketer to score a century in a T20I format and also becoming the first Ugandan to score 1000 runs in the same format.
Simon Ssesazi has also been perfect on several days with the bat, more so during the second leg of Challenge League B that was hosted in Uganda despite Cricket Cranes falling off the truck in the third leg that was hosted by Jersey as they missed on attaining an ODI status.
With such talents at the national men’s cricket team, and with the introduction of a few young cricketing talents in the squad, the future of the team seems to be a be one that could need a little polish for a global stage.