Uganda national cricket team

Nickname Cricket Cranes[1]
Association Uganda Cricket Association
ICC status Associate (1998)
ICC region ICC Africa
WCL 2017 Division Three
Coach Peter Kirsten
First international
Uganda Uganda v. East Africa Protectorate East Africa Protectorate
(Entebbe, Uganda; April 1914)
First-class debut
Uganda Uganda v. Namibia 
(Windhoek, Namibia; 23 April 2004)
List A debut
Uganda Uganda v. Denmark 
(Antrim, Northern Ireland; 1 July 2005)
Twenty20 debut
Uganda Uganda v. UAE 
(Dubai, UAE; 26 January 2010)
World Cup Qualifier
Appearances 2 (first in 2001)
Best result 10th (2001)
World Twenty20 Qualifier
Appearances 2 (first in 2012)
Best result 13th (2013)
As of 5 September 2015

The Uganda national cricket team, nicknamed the Cricket Cranes, is the team that represents the country of Uganda in international cricket matches. The team is organised by the Uganda Cricket Association, which has been an associate member of the International Cricket Council since 1998.[2]

Uganda first fielded an international team as early as 1914, against the East Africa Protectorate, but only began competing regularly from the early 1950s,[3] playing frequent series against regional rivals Kenya and Tanzania (then Tanganyika).[4] 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 has played in every subsequent edition of that tournament (now called simply the World Cup Qualifier), but has never qualified for a Cricket World Cup. Since the establishment of the World Cricket League in 2007 (which also forms part of the World Cup qualification process), Uganda has alternated between Division Two and Division Three, most recently placing fifth at the 2015 Division Two event (and consequently being relegated to 2017 Division Three). The team has twice participated in the World Twenty20 Qualifier, in 2012 and 2013, but finished in the bottom four teams on both occasions.


East Africa team

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.[5] East Africa became an associate member of the ICC in 1966[6] and India toured the following year, winning a match against Uganda by 6 wickets[7] before a first-class match against East Africa in Kampala which India won by 8 wickets.[8]

East Africa toured England in 1972[9] and the Marylebone Cricket Club played a first-class match against East Africa in January 1974, winning by 237 runs.[10] 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,[11] they played New Zealand, India and England in the World Cup itself, losing all three matches.[12] 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.[13] East Africa played in the ICC Trophies of 1979,[14] 1982[15] and 1986,[16] 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[17] 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.[4]

East and Central Africa cricket team

The East Africa team left the ICC in 1989[6] and was replaced by the East and Central Africa team the same year.[18] 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.[19]

Setting out on their own

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.[20] The following year, they finished third in their group in the Africa Cup.[21]

In 2004, Uganda played their first first-class matches in the ICC Intercontinental Cup against Kenya and Namibia, winning against Namibia.[22] In August that year, they finished second to Namibia in the Africa Cricket Association Championships in Zambia.[23] 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.[24] Earlier in the year, they again played against Namibia and Kenya in the 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup, losing both games.[25]

Since 2007

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

In January 2007, Uganda faced Bermuda[26] and Canada[27] as those two teams prepared for Division One of the World Cricket League in Nairobi.[28] 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[29] and Argentina in the tournament final.[30] Winning Division Three earned Uganda a spot in the ICC's High Performance Program,[31] 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.[32]

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,[33] before winning the second match by 43 runs with Joel Olwenyi scoring a half-century of his own.[34]

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.[35] Uganda's bottom two finish saw them relegated to Division Three.[36]

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.[37]

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.[38] 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.[39]

Tournament history

World Cup

ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier

ICC Intercontinental Cup

World Cricket League

ICC World Cup Qualifier



Coach Nationality Appointed Removed Tournament(s)
William Kamanyi  Uganda 1998 April 2001[48]
Andrew Meya  Uganda April 2001[48] ? 2001 ICC Trophy
Tom Tikolo  Kenya December 2003[49] August 2004[50]
Henry Okecho  Uganda September 2004 March 2007[51] 2005 ICC Trophy
Sam Walusimbi  Uganda April 2007[52] November 2007 2007 WCL Div. 3
Francis Otieno  Kenya November 2007[53] July 2008 2007 WCL Div. 2
Barney Mohamed  South Africa July 2008[54] October 2010 2009 World Cup Qualifier
Shukri Conrad  South Africa October 2010[55] January 2011
Martin Suji  Kenya February 2011[56] May 2013 2011 WCL Div. 2
2012 WT20 Qualifier
2013 WCL Div. 3
Henry Okecho (acting)  Uganda May 2013[57] July 2013
Johan Rudolph  South Africa July 2013[58] February 2014 2013 WT20 Qualifier
2014 World Cup Qualifier
Davis Turinawe  Uganda April 2014[59] August 2014
Peter Kirsten  South Africa August 2014[60] 2014 WCL Div. 3
2015 WCL Div. 2

See also


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  2. Uganda at Cricket Archive
  3. Other matches played by Uganda – CricketArchive. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  4. 1 2 History of Kenyan cricket
  5. Scorecard of East Africa v South African Non-Europeans, 13 September 1958 at Cricket Archive
  6. 1 2 East Africa at Cricket Archive
  7. Scorecard of Uganda v India, 29 July 1967 at Cricket Archive
  8. Scorecard of East Africa v India, 19 August 1967 at Cricket Archive
  9. East Africa in England 1972 at Cricket Archive
  10. Scorecard of East Africa v MCC, 18 January 1974
  11. Scorecard of Glamorgan v East Africa], 5 June 1975 at Cricket Archive
  12. 1975 World Cup at Cricinfo
  13. Scorecard of East Africa v Sri Lanka, 23 June 1975 at Cricket Archive
  14. 1979 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  15. 1982 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  16. 1986 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  17. Kenya at Cricket Archive
  18. East and Central Africa at Cricket Archive
  19. ICC Trophy matches played by East and Central Africa at Cricket Archive
  20. 1 2 2001 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  21. 2002 Africa Cup at CricketEurope
  22. 1 2 2004 ICC Intercontinental Cup at CricketEurope
  23. African qualifying for the 2005 ICC Trophy at CricketEurope
  24. 1 2 2005 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  25. 1 2 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup at CricketEurope
  26. Scorecard of Bermuda v Uganda, 27 January 2007 at Cricket Archive
  27. Scorecard of Canada v Uganda, 28 January 2007 at Cricket Archive
  28. 2007 ICC World Cricket League Division One at Cricket Archive
  29. 2007 ICC World Cricket League Division Three at CricketEurope
  30. Uganda lift Division Three title by Andrew Nixon, 2 June 2007 at CricketEurope
  31. Denmark added to ICC High Performance Program, ICC Europe Media Release at European Cricket Council official site
  32. Uganda Win All-African Clash As Kenya Disappoint, 2 September 2007,
  33. Bermuda Hang On To Clinch Narrow Win Over Uganda, 23 October 2007,
  34. Uganda Hit Back With 43-Run Win Over Bermuda, 24 October 2007,
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  36. World Cricket League structure
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