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The Uganda national cricket team, nicknamed the Cricket Cranes, represents the Republic of 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.[5]

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Nickname(s)Cricket Cranes
AssociationUganda Cricket Association
CoachSteve Tikolo
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate Member (1998)
ICC regionAfrica
ICC Rankings Current [2] Best-ever
T20I 36th 32nd (21 May 2019)
Twenty20 Internationals
First T20I Botswana at Lugogo Stadium, Kampala; 20 May 2019
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total [3] 4 2/2
(0 ties, 0 no results)
This year [4] 4 2/2
(0 ties, 0 no results)

Test kit

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ODI kit

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T20I kit

As of 7 October 2019

Uganda first fielded an international team as early as 1914, against the East Africa Protectorate, but only began competing regularly from the early 1950s,[6] playing frequent series against regional rivals Kenya and Tanzania (then Tanganyika).[7] 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.

In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Uganda and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 will be a full T20I.[8] After April 2019, Uganda will play in the 2019–21 ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge League.[9]


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.[10] East Africa became an associate member of the ICC in 1966[11] and India toured the following year, winning a match against Uganda by 6 wickets[12] before a first-class match against East Africa in Kampala which India won by 8 wickets.[13]

East Africa toured England in 1972[14] and the Marylebone Cricket Club played a first-class match against East Africa in January 1974, winning by 237 runs.[15] 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,[16] they played New Zealand, India and England in the World Cup itself, losing all three matches.[17] 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.[18] East Africa played in the ICC Trophies of 1979,[19] 1982[20] and 1986,[21] 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[22] 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.[7]

East and Central Africa cricket teamEdit

The East Africa team left the ICC in 1989[11] and was replaced by the East and Central Africa team the same year.[23] 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.[24]

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.[25] The following year, they finished third in their group in the Africa Cup.[26]

In 2004, Uganda played their first first-class matches in the ICC Intercontinental Cup against Kenya and Namibia, winning against Namibia.[27] In August that year, they finished second to Namibia in the Africa Cricket Association Championships in Zambia.[28] 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.[29] Earlier in the year, they again played against Namibia and Kenya in the 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup, losing both games.[30]

Since 2007Edit

Joel Olweny, a captain of the Uganda Cricket team
Uganda celebrate winning Division Three of the World Cricket League in 2007

In January 2007, Uganda faced Bermuda[31] and Canada[32] as those two teams prepared for Division One of the World Cricket League in Nairobi.[33] 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[34] and Argentina in the tournament final.[35] Winning Division Three earned Uganda a spot in the ICC's High Performance Program,[36] 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.[37]

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,[38] before winning the second match by 43 runs with Joel Olwenyi scoring a half-century of his own.[39]

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.[40] Uganda's bottom two finish saw them relegated to Division Three.[41]

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.[42]

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.[43] 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.[44]

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.[45]

International GroundsEdit

Locations of all stadiums which have hosted an international cricket match within Uganda

Tournament historyEdit

World CupEdit

ICC World Twenty20 QualifierEdit

  • 2013: 13th place
  • 2015: Did not qualify
  • 2019: Did not qualify

ICC Intercontinental CupEdit

World Cricket LeagueEdit

ICC World Cup QualifierEdit

Records and StatisticsEdit

International Match Summary — Uganda[55]

Last updated 23 May 2019
Playing Record
Format M W L T NR Inaugural Match
Twenty20 Internationals 4 2 2 0 0 20 May 2019

Twenty20 InternationalEdit

T20I record versus other nations[55]

Records complete to T20I #785. Last updated 23 May 2019.

Opponent M W L T NR First match First win
vs Associate Members
  Botswana 1 1 0 0 0 20 May 2019 20 May 2019
  Ghana 1 1 0 0 0 23 May 2019 23 May 2019
  Kenya 1 0 1 0 0 22 May 2019
  Namibia 1 0 1 0 0 21 May 2019



Current SquadEdit

Following is the list of players in Uganda's training squad for the 2019 Hong Kong Cricket World Cup Challenge League Group B, taking place from 25 November to 10 December 2019 Inshallah.

Name Age Batting style Bowling style Forms S/N
Roger Mukasa 30 Right-handed Right-arm medium T20I, ODI 37
Brian Masaba 27 Right-handed Right-arm fast medium T20I, ODI
Opening batsmen
Hamu Kayondo 29 Right-handed Right-arm off break T20I, ODI 42
Zephania Arinatiwe 17 Right-handed Right-arm off break T20I, ODI
Shahzad Kamal 33 Left-handed Left-arm bowler T20I, ODI
Arthur Kyobe 30 Left-handed
Middle-order batsmen
Frank Nsubuga 38 Right-handed Right-arm off break T20I, ODI
Richard Agamire Right-handed Right-arm medium T20I, ODI
Llyod Paternott 27 Right-handed Right-arm medium T20I, ODI
Simon Sesazi 23 Right-handed Right-arm slow T20I, ODI
All Rounders
Frank Akankwasa 16 Right-handed Right-arm off break T20I, ODI
Kenneth Waiswa 20 Right-handed Right-arm medium T20I, ODI
Rogers Olipa 17 Right-handed Right-arm medium T20I, ODI
Robinson Obuya Right-handed Right-arm medium T20I, ODI
Fred Achelam 18 Right-handed Right-handed medium T20I, ODI
Pace bowlers
Bilal Hassan 30 Right-handed Right-arm fast T20I, ODI 99
Charles Waiswa 31 Left-handed Left-arm medium T20I, ODI 1
Emmanuel Isaneez 32 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast T20I, ODI
Spin bowler
Irfan Afridi 34 Right-handed Right-arm off break T20I, ODI 10
Henry Ssenyondo 26 Right-handed Left-arm slow orthodox T20I, ODI

Coaching and managing staffEdit

Name Position
  Steve Tikolo Head Coach
  Jackson Ogwang Assistant Coach
Vacant Bowling Coach
Vacant Batting Coach


Coach Nationality Appointed Removed Tournament(s)
William Kamanyi   Uganda 1998 April 2001[61]
Andrew Meya   Uganda April 2001[61] December 2003 2001 ICC Trophy
Tom Tikolo   Kenya December 2003[62] August 2004[63]
Henry Okecho   Uganda September 2004 March 2007[64] 2005 ICC Trophy
Sam Walusimbi   Uganda April 2007[65] November 2007 2007 WCL Div. 3
Francis Otieno   Kenya November 2007[66] July 2008 2007 WCL Div. 2
Barney Mohamed   South Africa July 2008[67] October 2010 2009 World Cup Qualifier
Shukri Conrad   South Africa October 2010[68] January 2011
Martin Suji   Kenya February 2011[69] May 2013 2011 WCL Div. 2
2012 WT20 Qualifier
2013 WCL Div. 3
Henry Okecho (acting)   Uganda May 2013[70] July 2013
Johan Rudolph   South Africa July 2013[71] February 2014 2013 WT20 Qualifier
2014 World Cup Qualifier
Davis Turinawe   Uganda April 2014[72] August 2014
Steve Tikolo   Kenya May 2016[73] 2014 WCL Div. 3
2015 WCL Div. 2

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