The Uganda national cricket team, nicknamed the Cricket Cranes, is the men's team that represents Uganda in international cricket. The team is organised by the Uganda Cricket Association, which has been an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1998.
|Association||Uganda Cricket Association|
|International Cricket Council|
|ICC status||Associate member (1998 )|
|First T20I||v. Botswana at Lugogo Stadium, Kampala; 20 May 2019|
|Last T20I||v. Tanzania at Gahanga International Cricket Stadium, Kigali; 23 December 2022|
|As of 2 January 2023|
Uganda first fielded an international team as early as 1914, against the East Africa Protectorate, but only began competing regularly from the early 1950s, playing frequent series against regional rivals Kenya and Tanzania (then Tanganyika). From 1966, Uganda contributed players to a combined East African team, which was reconstituted as East and Central Africa in 1989.
The country's first ICC tournament played in its own right was the 2001 ICC Trophy in Canada. Uganda played in the next three editions of the tournament, renamed the ICC World Cup Qualifier, but did not come close to qualifying for the Cricket World Cup. In the World Cricket League (WCL), Uganda reached ICC World Cricket League Division Two on three occasions, but was relegated to Division Three each time. The team has twice participated in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, in 2012 and 2013, but finished in the bottom four teams on both occasions.
East Africa teamEdit
Uganda combined with their regional rivals Kenya and Tanzania to form the East Africa team. The first known match for this team was against a South African "Non-Europeans" team captained by Basil D'Oliveira in September 1958 in Nairobi, with the visitors winning by seven wickets. East Africa became an associate member of the ICC in 1966
East Africa toured England in 1972 and the Marylebone Cricket Club played a first-class match against East Africa in January 1974, winning by 237 runs. The following year, East Africa played in the 1975 Cricket World Cup in England. After various warm-up games, including a 3 wicket win against Glamorgan, they played New Zealand, India and England in the World Cup itself, losing all three matches. The World Cup was followed by a first-class match against Sri Lanka at the County Ground, Taunton, which the Sri Lankans won by 115 runs. East Africa played in the ICC Trophies of 1979, 1982 and 1986, without qualifying for the World Cup from any of them.
Uganda continued playing their regular matches against Kenya and Tanzania, despite Kenya leaving the East Africa combination in and the triangular tournament became a quadrangular tournament in 1966 when Zambia joined in. From then until the tournament's end in 1980, Uganda won the tournament just once.
East and Central Africa cricket teamEdit
The East Africa team left the ICC in 1989 and was replaced by the East and Central Africa team the same year. This new team was a combination of Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, and they took part in the ICC Trophy for the first time in 1990, also taking part in 1994, 1997 and 2001.
Setting out on their ownEdit
Uganda left the East and Central Africa combination and became an associate member of the ICC in their own right in 1998. Their first international tournament was the 2001 ICC Trophy. After winning all five of their first round games, they lost a play-off match against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the right to enter the second stage of the tournament. The following year, they finished third in their group in the Africa Cup.
In 2004, Uganda played their first first-class matches in the ICC Intercontinental Cup against Kenya and Namibia, winning against Namibia. In August that year, they finished second to Namibia in the Africa Cricket Association Championships in Zambia. This qualified them for the following years ICC Trophy, in which they finished in twelfth and last place after losing to Papua New Guinea in their final play-off match. Earlier in the year, they again played against Namibia and Kenya in the 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup, losing both games.
In January 2007, Uganda faced Bermuda and Canada as those two teams prepared for Division One of the World Cricket League in Nairobi. This also served as preparation for Uganda's visit to Darwin, Australia, for Division Three of the same tournament. Uganda won their Group B games against the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, and Tanzania before beating Papua New Guinea in the semi-final and Argentina in the tournament final. Winning Division Three earned Uganda a spot in the ICC's High Performance Program, and promotion to Division Two.
Uganda took part in a four-team Twenty20 tournament before the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup, playing games against Pakistan, Kenya, and Bangladesh in Nairobi. As expected, they lost against Pakistan and Bangladesh before upsetting African rivals Kenya with a two-wicket win.
Their next matches were two one-day games against Bermuda, also in Nairobi, in October 2007. They surprised their more experienced rivals, going down by just seven runs after Nandikishore Patel scored a half-century, before winning the second match by 43 runs with Joel Olwenyi scoring a half-century of his own.
In November 2007, Uganda travelled to Windhoek, Namibia to participate in the WCL Division Two tournament. Uganda lost their group matches against; Denmark, Namibia, Oman, and the UAE but did defeat Argentina in their group match and also their positional playoff to finish fifth. Uganda's bottom two finish saw them relegated to Division Three.
In January 2009, Uganda won four of their five group matches and edged Papua New Guinea on run rate, to finish second in the ICC Division 3 competition in Buenos Aires, Argentina and earn the final place at the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier.
In April 2009, Uganda travelled to South Africa for the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier. Despite a first up win against Namibia, Uganda lost their remaining four Group A matches and failed to make the Super Eight stage, thus ending their chance to qualify for the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Uganda finished 10th overall after beating Denmark but losing to Bermuda in positional playoff matches, and thus was relegated to 2013 ICC World Cricket League Division Three.
In August 2018, Uganda replaced Ghana in the 2018 Africa T20 Cup, after Ghana had declined Cricket South Africa's invite to compete in the tournament. Uganda played in the 2019 T20 World Cup Qualifier Africa but got to the fourth position of the table.
In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 cricket matches played between Uganda and other ICC members since 1 January 2019 have been full T20I matches.
20 May 2019
142/7 (20 overs)
90 (18 overs)
- Botswana won the toss and elected to field.
- First ever T20I match for Uganda.
The Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) is responsible for all matches played in Uganda and by the Uganda cricket team. It was admitted to the International Cricket Council in 1998 as an associate member. Its current headquarters are in Kampala, Uganda.
|Stadium||City||Test matches||ODI matches||T20I matches|
|Kyambogo Cricket Oval||Kampala||0||0||5|
- 1975 to 1987: See East African cricket team
- 1992 to 1999: See East and Central African cricket team
- 2003: Did not qualify
- 2007: Did not qualify
- 2011: Did not qualify
- 2015: Did not qualify
- 2019: Did not qualify
ICC World Twenty20 QualifierEdit
ICC Intercontinental CupEdit
- 2004: First round
- 2005: First round
- 2006: Did not participate
- 2007–08: Did not participate
World Cricket LeagueEdit
- 2007 Division Three: Champions – promoted
- 2007 Division Two: 5th place – relegated
- 2007 Division Three: 2nd place – promoted
- 2011 Division Two: 5th place – relegated
- 2013 Division Three: 2nd place – qualify for WCQ
- 2014 Division Three: 2nd place – promoted
- 2015 Division Two: 5th place – relegated
- 2017 Division Three: 5th place – relegated
- 2018 Division Four: Champions – promoted
- 2018 Division Three: 6th place – relegated
ICC World Cup QualifierEdit
- 1979 to 1986: See East African cricket team
- 1990 to 1997: See East and Central African cricket team
- 2001: 10th place
- 2005: 12th place
- 2009: 10th place
- 2014: 10th place
- 2018: Did not qualify
ACA Africa T20 CupEdit
- 2022: Champions
Records and StatisticsEdit
International Match Summary — Uganda
Last updated 23 December 2022
|Twenty20 Internationals||54||37||14||0||3||20 May 2019|
- Highest team total: 185/9 v Rwanda, 14 December 2022 at Gahanga International Cricket Stadium, Kigali
- Highest individual score: 100*, Simon Ssesazi v Tanzania, 22 December 2022 at Gahanga International Cricket Stadium, Kigali
- Best individual bowling figures: 6/7, Dinesh Nakrani v Lesotho, 19 October 2021 at IPRC Cricket Ground, Kigali
Most T20I runs for Uganda
Most T20I wickets for Uganda
T20I record versus other nations
Records complete to T20I #1983. Last updated 23 December 2022.
|Opponent||M||W||L||T||NR||First match||First win|
|vs Associate Members|
|Botswana||2||2||0||0||0||20 May 2019||20 May 2019|
|Eswatini||1||1||0||0||0||19 October 2021||19 October 2021|
|Ghana||3||3||0||0||0||23 May 2019||23 May 2019|
|Hong Kong||2||2||0||0||0||11 July 2022||11 July 2022|
|Jersey||1||1||0||0||0||15 July 2022||15 July 2022|
|Kenya||8||4||3||0||1||22 May 2019||15 September 2021|
|Lesotho||1||1||0||0||0||19 October 2021||19 October 2021|
|Malawi||1||1||0||0||0||16 October 2021||16 October 2021|
|Mozambique||1||1||0||0||0||18 September 2022||18 September 2022|
|Namibia||7||1||6||0||0||21 May 2019||9 April 2022|
|Netherlands||1||0||1||0||0||14 July 2022|
|Nigeria||5||5||0||0||0||11 September 2021||11 September 2021|
|Papua New Guinea||1||0||1||0||0||12 July 2022|
|Qatar||3||1||2||0||0||12 February 2020||15 February 2020|
|Rwanda||7||7||0||0||0||17 October 2021||17 October 2021|
|Seychelles||1||1||0||0||0||22 October 2021||22 October 2021|
|Tanzania||9||6||1||0||2||18 November 2021||18 November 2021|
This lists all the players who were been part of the most recent One-day or T20I squad. Updated as of 23 December 2022.
|Name||Age||Batting style||Bowling style||Formats||Notes|
|Simon Ssesazi||26||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||One-day & T20I|
|Ronak Patel||34||Right-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||One-day & T20I|
|Emmanuel Hasahya||26||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||T20I|
|Pascal Murungi||18||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||T20I|
|Riazat Ali Shah||24||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||One-day & T20I|
|Dinesh Nakrani||31||Left-handed||Left-arm medium||One-day & T20I|
|Kenneth Waiswa||24||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||One-day & T20I|
|Brian Masaba||31||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break||One-day & T20I||Captain|
|Frank Akankwasa||20||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||One-day & T20I|
|Deusdedit Muhumuza||33||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||One-day & T20I||Vice-captain|
|Roger Mukasa||33||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||T20I|
|Alpesh Ramjani||28||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||T20I|
|Fred Achelam||22||Right-handed||One-day & T20I|
|Henry Ssenyondo||29||Right-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||One-day & T20I|
|Frank Nsubuga||42||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||One-day & T20I|
|Joseph Baguma||18||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||T20I|
|Cosmas Kyewuta||21||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||One-day & T20I|
|Juma Miyaji||19||Right-handed||Right-arm medium||One-day & T20I|
|Bilal Hassan||32||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast||One-day & T20I|
Coaching and managing staffEdit
|Lawrence Mahatlane||Head Coach|
|Jackson Ogwang||Assistant Coach|
|Dr. Ian McAdam||1955||1955|
|Peter de Souza||1962||1966|
|Charlie de Souza||1970||1971|
|William Kamanyi||Uganda||1998||April 2001||—|
|Andrew Meya||Uganda||April 2001||December 2003||2001 ICC Trophy|
|Tom Tikolo||Kenya||December 2003||August 2004||—|
|Henry Okecho||Uganda||September 2004||March 2007||2005 ICC Trophy|
|Sam Walusimbi||Uganda||April 2007||November 2007||2007 WCL Div. 3|
|Francis Otieno||Kenya||November 2007||July 2008||2007 WCL Div. 2|
|Barney Mohamed||South Africa||July 2008||October 2010||2009 World Cup Qualifier|
|Shukri Conrad||South Africa||October 2010||January 2011||—|
|Martin Suji||Kenya||February 2011||May 2013||2011 WCL Div. 2|
2012 WT20 Qualifier
2013 WCL Div. 3
|Henry Okecho (acting)||Uganda||May 2013||July 2013||—|
|Johan Rudolph||South Africa||July 2013||February 2014||2013 WT20 Qualifier|
2014 World Cup Qualifier
|Davis Turinawe||Uganda||April 2014||August 2014||—|
|Steve Tikolo||Kenya||May 2016||2014 WCL Div. 3|
2015 WCL Div. 2
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