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Suji hopeful pace will help Uganda's chances

Thu, Mar 1, 2012 6:42 PM


Suji hopeful pace will help Uganda's chances
Odds may be heavily stacked against it, but Uganda is confident of doing well at the ICC World T20 Qualifier to be held in UAE from 13-24 March.

In all 16 teams are to take part in the tournament.

Uganda captain Davis Arinaitwe Karashani, who won the Nile Special-Uspa Sports Personality award for the month of January, is very buoyant about his team's chances.

"This is Twenty20 cricket. We beat Namibia when almost no one gave us a chance to win the Africa Premier League title last July.In T20, the course of the match can be determined in just 10 minutes. And our players are tailor-made for the T20 game. We just have to take it one game at a time and everything will play into our hands," the 24-year-old was quoted as saying in the Daily Monitor.

He won the award after he was recognised by sports scribes for steering his franchise Nile Knights to the inaugural East Africa Premier League title.

Uganda are pooled in Group B alongside USA, Scotland, Oman, Italy, Ireland, Nambia and Kenya.

Even Uganda coach and former Kenya international Martin Suji believes the inclusion of pace bowlers Asadu Seiga and Jonathan Ssebanja will improve general depth of the squad.

"They are only returning to the squad and want to prove their potential. Their current form points to good displays in UAE," Suji was quoted as saying.

Uganda will warm up for the tournament with a tour of Kenya from 29 February to 7 March before heading to the UAE on 9 March.

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