Preparations for World Cricket League yet to impress ICC

KAMPALA. There was huge delight when Uganda won the rights to host the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League (WCL) Division Three tournament a month ago.

But with exactly 88 days left to bowl off the six-team event at four different venues, local body Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) must work around the clock to set a perfect platform for the October 26 – November 2 showpiece.

And the pressure valve is not about to be let loose for the Nakawa-based body after ICC officials Edward Fitzgibbon and Sean Norris were not fully satisfied with the ongoing preparations.

The pair from respective ICC headquarters in Dubai and South Africa completed a three-day thorough inspection around the ovals and facilities on Thursday but UCA are not yet fully ready to host participating countries Nepal, Bermuda, USA, Malaysia and Singapore. “At the moment, things are looking good but there is a lot of work to be done,” ICC Events Manager Fitzgibbon told Sunday Monitor early this week.

“Only 75 per cent of the work has been done. I know every host country has its own challenges but i am sure UCA will do good job before the event starts,” he said.

Fitzgibbon, who has overseen 12 WCL events across the globe, was impressed with the wickets especially at the Entebbe ovals but called for more work to be done on the outfield structures. “UCA need to set more and better infrastructure at Entebbe and Kyambogo whereas the viewing deck and dressing rooms at Lugogo need refurbishing.”Before the pair fly out today, Sunday Monitor understands that they had confidential meetings with the British and American embassies as well as the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura regarding the matter of teams’ security and safety.

Although ICC Security Manager Norris declined to comment on the matter, he commended the country for the good transport routes around the grounds.

dkyeyune@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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