Report: New Coaching Era Begins for Uganda Cricket

Sharma Takes the Helm for Uganda at T20 World Cup

Sharma’s New Role with Uganda

In a pivotal move for Ugandan cricket, Abhay Sharma, an experienced cricketing figure from India, has been appointed as the head coach of the men’s national team. The 54-year-old, known for his tactical acumen, has inked a three-year contract with the Uganda Cricket Association, setting the stage for a thrilling tenure beginning with this year’s T20 World Cup.

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Uganda’s World Cup Debut

Marking a significant milestone, the Ugandan team, also known as the Cricket Cranes, will make its first appearance at the T20 World Cup scheduled in the United States and the West Indies. Sharma, reflecting on his new role, shared his enthusiasm and immediate affinity for Uganda, “I am very grateful for this opportunity to work with a bunch of talented cricketers,” he remarked. Adding a personal touch, he noted, “Having been in Uganda for just a couple of days, it already feels like my second home. The people here are lovely, and the setting is reminiscent of India.”

Sharma’s Cricketing Background

Despite never representing India internationally, Sharma’s cricket career as a wicketkeeper-batsman is notable, with significant contributions to Delhi and Railways in first-class cricket. His post-retirement journey includes coaching stints with Railways and roles as a fielding coach for India A and India Under-19 teams.

Challenges and Opportunities at the World Cup

Uganda secured its spot at the T20 World Cup after a commendable second-place finish in the African qualifications last November. The team is grouped with formidable opponents like West Indies, New Zealand, Afghanistan, and Papua New Guinea in Group C. Sharma is optimistic about Uganda’s prospects, underscoring the team’s untapped potential, “What I have seen in the data is that we have lost a couple of opportunities in the field,” he observed. He confidently added, “And yet even after missing out on those chances, we still qualified for the World Cup. Imagine how much better we can perform if we address these lapses. With enhanced game awareness and mental fortitude, we can compete with the world’s best teams on any given day.”

The global cricketing community is watching closely as Sharma’s strategic insights and leadership could steer Uganda to new heights in the international arena. As the Cricket Cranes prepare for their historic debut, the blend of Sharma’s guidance and the spirited Ugandan team promises a captivating chapter in the annals of the T20 World Cup.

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