Tanzania seek to sink Uganda in cricket  

NATIONAL men’s cricket team begin their T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier Campaign today as they face Uganda at Wanderers Cricket Ground in Windhoek, Namibia.

This year’s qualifying fixtures begin today and conclude on November 30. United Cricket Club and Wanderers Cricket Ground in Windhoek are the two venues that will host all the qualifier matches.

Organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier 2023 is part of the qualification process for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup to be played in the West Indies and the United States next year.

Other than Tanzania and hosts Namibia, competitors include Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

As per the schedule, each team will play the other side once in a round-robin format. The top two teams in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier 2023 after all the games will qualify for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024.

Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda and Tanzania advanced to the T20 World Cup Africa Qualifiers 2023 from sub-regional qualifiers.

Tanzania advanced to the regional qualifier after topping the sub-regional tournament Qualifier B that was played from November 17 to 9 December last year at Gahanga International Cricket Stadium and IPRC Cricket Ground in Kigali, Rwanda.

Tanzania qualified together with Nigeria over the other six Qualifier B nations Sierra Leone, Ghana, Mozambique, Eswatini, Cameroon and Gambia.

During the qualifier Tanzania won Qualifier B and runners-up Nigeria claimed the remaining place in the regional final.

In the qualifier, Tanzania won six matches. They surpassed Sierra Leone by nine wickets before destroying Ghana by four wickets. Tanzania then went on to win by six wickets and later defeated Eswatini by 66 runs.

Tanzania completed their campaign with a victory against Gambia by ten wickets. Tanzania met Nigeria but their duo was abandoned due to heavy rain.

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Africa Qualifiers 2023 teams and squads:

Tanzania: Abhik Patwa (captain), Akhil Anil, Ivan Selemani, Abdullah Jabiri (wicket-keeper), Amal Rajeevan, Mohamed Omary (wicket-keeper), Dhrumit Mehta, Kassim Nassoro Musa, Mohamed Simba, Salum Jumbe Ally, Ally Mpeka Kimote, Harsheed Chohan, Johnson Nyambo, Mohamed Yunusu Issa, Yalinde Nkanya.

Uganda: Brian Masaba (captain), Jonathan Ssebanja, Robinson Obuya, Ronak Patel, Simon Sesazi, Cyprus Kakuru (wicket-keeper), Roger Mukasa (wicket-keeper), Alpesh Ramjani, Dineshkumar Nakrani, Kenneth Waiswa, Riazat Ali Shah, Bilal Hassun, David Wabwire, Frank Nsubuga, Henry Senyondo.

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