Uganda Senior Women’s Cricket team head coach, Suraj Karavadra, is upbeat ahead of the epic 2021 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Africa qualifiers scheduled for September in Botswana.
Ahead of the qualifiers, Karavadra told gsport about keeping their aims simple ahead of the qualifiers.
“Our aims and targets have been very simple; we have decided not to complicate things. We just want to keep everything very linear. In terms of batting, we want to make sure we build partnerships and keep rotating strikes. When it comes to bowling we want to keep constant on our line and length. With fielding, we want to make sure we have dimensional and athletic fielding.”
According to the gaffer, he is optimistic his side will be a great opponent to Zimbabwe and Namibia: “We want to ensure that we win every single game and be winners of the qualifiers. This is our main target. We are on the right track to do so, and we believe we will be a great competitor to Zimbabwe and Namibia.”
The coach continued, “We are not taking any of the games or any opponents lightly. I know we have new countries participating in this tournament and one of their advantages is that their talent has not been put on the global scale. Therefore, we want to be focusing more on doing what we should be doing well and doing our basics well.”
On the appointment of Immaculate Nakisuyi as the new Lady Cranes captain, coach Suraj said he is excited to see what aspects she can offer to the game.
“The selectors believed that she has got an extensive career and experience with captaining her domestic cricket team. And she is the pinnacle of what T20 cricket should be. I am looking forward to working with her as my team captain.”
As part of their preparation for the global qualifiers, the Lady Cranes have been working on their skills and trying to replicate match situations. They have also been playing practice games with the Uganda U-19 boys’ team.
The Uganda Senior Women’s Cricket Squad for the 2021 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Africa qualifiers taking place in Botswana in September:
1. Rachel Ntono
2. Damalie Busingye
3. Proscovia Alako
4. Ritah Musamali
5. Naomi Kayondo
6. Kevin Awino
7. Esther Ilukor
8. Stephanie Nampiina
9. Immaculate Nakisuyi (Captain)
10. Janet Mbabazi (Vice-Captain)
11. Evelyn Anyipo
12. rene Alumo
13. Patricia Malemikia
14. Consy Aweko
Head Coach: Suraj Karavadra
Assistant Coach: Alpha Adowa
Team Manager: Lwiza Nabulwala
Team Physiotherapist: Shamim Nassali
Team Psychologist: Edgar Kazibwe
Photo 1 Caption: Uganda Senior Women’s Cricket team ahead of the epic 2021 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Africa qualifiers scheduled for September in Botswana. Photo: Uganda Cricket Association (Facebook)