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“Breaking News: Uganda Unveils Squad for Historic T20 World Cup Debut!”

Brian Masaba has the honor of leading Uganda in their debut appearance at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, with their 15-player squad now finalized. Following their impressive victory over Zimbabwe and other African teams in the qualifiers, the Cricket Cranes are gearing up for Group C action, where they will face co-hosts West Indies, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Afghanistan.

Masaba will be supported by Riazat Ali Shah as his deputy, and he joins several Ugandan players who bring over a decade of experience in international cricket to the team. Notably, 43-year-old Frank Nsubuga will be one of the oldest players in the tournament, adding a wealth of experience to the squad.

Nsubuga’s selection is a testament to his lifelong dedication to the sport. He first represented Uganda in ICC events at the age of 17 in the 1997 ICC Trophy, marking the beginning of a remarkable cricketing journey. In 2022, Nsubuga made headlines with a spectacular catch in a Cricket World Cup Challenge League match against Kenya, showcasing his enduring skills on the field.

Uganda’s squad also features spin-bowling all-rounder Alpesh Ramjani, who was nominated for the 2023 ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Year award. Ramjani’s impressive performance in the past year, particularly with the ball, highlights his importance to the team. Additionally, left-arm orthodox spinner Henry Ssenyondo has been in fine form, claiming 49 wickets in 2023.

Riazat Ali Shah and Dinesh Nakrani provide firepower with the bat, while youngster Juma Miyaji brings U19 World Cup experience to the squad, having participated in the 2022 event in the West Indies.

Although this marks Uganda’s first appearance in a senior men’s World Cup, the country has a historic connection to global cricket events through the now-defunct East Africa team, which competed in the 1975 Cricket World Cup. Samuel Walusimbi represented Uganda in that tournament, featuring in three matches.

Uganda will kick off their T20 World Cup campaign on June 3 against Afghanistan in Guyana, aiming to make a mark on the international stage in their inaugural appearance.

Squad: Brian Masaba (c), Simon Ssesazi, Roger Mukasa, Cosmas Kyewuta, Dinesh Nakrani, Fred Achelam, Kenneth Waiswa, Alpesh Ramjani, Frank Nsubuga, Henry Ssenyondo, Bilal Hassun, Robinson Obuya, Riazat Ali Shah (vc), Juma Miyaji, Ronak Patel.

Travelling Reserves: Innocent Mwebaze, Ronald Lutaaya

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