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T20 World Cup: Uganda ready for historical appearance against Afghanistan

by Innocent Ndawula
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Home Cricket T20 World Cup: Uganda ready for historical appearance against Afghanistan

As the T20 World Cup excitement builds, an intriguing clash between Uganda and Afghanistan is set to unfold at the picturesque Providence Stadium in Guyana.

This matchup sees Afghanistan, a team known for its explosive talent and mystery spinners, take on Uganda, the spirited debutants eager to make their mark on the global stage.

Team Form and Key Players


Afghanistan enters the tournament with a strong reputation in T20 cricket. Their squad boasts world-class talent, particularly in the spin department.

Rashid Khan, widely regarded as one of the best T20 bowlers, will be a key figure, alongside Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi, whose experience and skill make Afghanistan’s spin attack formidable.

Batting-wise, Afghanistan relies on the aggressive approach of players like Hazratullah Zazai and Rahmanullah Gurbaz, who can change the course of a game with their powerful hitting.

Captain Mohammad Nabi’s all-round capabilities add depth and balance to the team.


Uganda’s journey to the T20 World Cup has been one of determination and growth.

Making their debut on this grand stage, the Cricket Cranes will look to draw inspiration from their hard-fought qualification. The team is led by Brian Masaba, whose leadership and all-round abilities are crucial.

A key highlight for Uganda is their stunning victory over Zimbabwe in the African qualifiers last year, marking their first win over a Test-playing nation.

This triumph symbolizes their readiness to compete at the highest level.

The team includes talented players like vice-captain Riazat Ali Shah, Simon Ssesazi, Uganda’s leading T20 run-scorer who idolizes Chris Gayle and refers to himself as ‘The Tiger’ on social media.

Uganda’s bowling attack is strengthened by young quicks Cosmas Kyewuta and Juma Miyaji, capable of bowling good speeds and spinner Alpesh Ramjani, who took the most T20 international wickets in 2023.

He made his T20 debut for his state in a match that also featured Cheteshwar Pujara. He also boasts of rare record, bowling out Hardik Pandya in an U-23 game.

Pitch and Conditions

Providence Stadium in Guyana is known for its slow pitches that offer assistance to spinners, making it a potentially tricky venue for batsmen.

The humid conditions and chance of rain could also play a role, making it essential for teams to adapt quickly.

Strategic Insights

For Afghanistan, the strategy will likely revolve around exploiting their spin strength. Early breakthroughs and controlling the middle overs will be key.

Their batsmen will aim to set a high tempo from the start, putting pressure on Uganda’s bowlers.

Uganda, on the other hand, will need to focus on building partnerships and preserving wickets against Afghanistan’s spin threat.

Effective use of powerplays and sharp fielding will be essential to contain Afghanistan’s aggressive batsmen.

What to Expect

This encounter promises a blend of seasoned T20 tactics and fresh enthusiasm. Afghanistan will be the favourites, given their experience and skill set.

However, Uganda’s hunger to prove themselves on the world stage could lead to a fascinating contest.

The match will be a true test of Uganda’s readiness to compete at this level and an opportunity for Afghanistan to reaffirm their status as a rising force in T20 cricket.

With the whole world watching, both teams will look to put on a show and make a significant impact in their T20 World Cup campaign.

The clash at Providence Stadium is set to be a thrilling chapter in this prestigious tournament.

Afghanistan (Probable XI):
1 Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), 2 Ibrahim Zadran, 3 Gulbadin Naib, 4 Azmatullah
Omarzai, 5 Mohammad Nabi, 6 Najibullah Zadran, 7 Rashid Khan (capt), 8 Karim Janat, 9 Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 10 Naveen-ul-Haq, 11 Fazalhaq Farooqi

Uganda (Probable XI):
1 Roger Mukasa, 2 Simon Ssesazi, 3 Robinson Obuya, 4 Riazat Ali Shah, 5 Dinesh
Nakrani, 6 Alpesh Ramjani, 7 Kenneth Waiswa, 8 Fred Achelam (wk), 9 Bilal Hassun, 10 Brian Masaba (capt), 11 Henry Ssenyondo

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