Uganda is set to become just the fifth African nation to participate in an ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
With a tally of five victories from six matches, Uganda has secured a top-two placement in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Africa Region Qualifier, securing their passage to the T20 World Cup 2024 in the West Indies and the USA.
This marks Uganda's inaugural appearance in any ICC World Cup event.
During the qualifiers, Uganda began by comfortably defeating Tanzania with an eight-wicket margin in their opening match. However, a remarkable performance by Namibian all-rounder David Wiese, claiming 4/17, led to Uganda's six-wicket loss in the subsequent game.
The African team bounced back impressively by triumphing over Test-playing Zimbabwe by five wickets. While captain Sikandar Raza's unbeaten 48 shone for his team, Uganda's bowling, spearheaded by Dinesh Nakrani (3/14), restricted the Chevrons to 136/7.
In their pursuit, Riazat Ali Shah (42) and Alpesh Ramjani (40) guided the Cricket Cranes to a surprising victory, clinching it with five wickets in hand.
Buoyed by this success, Uganda easily conquered Nigeria, following it up with a 33-run win over Kenya, positioning themselves strongly for the T20 World Cup.
They sealed their spot with a comfortable nine-wicket win over Rwanda, showcasing exceptional bowling that dismissed Rwanda for a mere 65. The target was chased down by the ninth over.
Conversely, Zimbabwe, experiencing defeats against Namibia and Uganda, missed out on qualifying for the T20 event. The team had participated in the prior edition of the tournament, securing a memorable one-run win over Pakistan.