Uganda disgracefully relegated from ICC World Cricket League Division Three

Uganda disgracefully relegated from ICC World Cricket League Division Three
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The final day of ICC World Cricket League Division Three tournament round-robin has ended today with Uganda being relegated on home soil, failing to secure its status as an ICC High Performance Programme (HPP) nation to attract increased funding from the ruling body.

Three years ago, relegation meant that Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) missed out on a lucrative ICC High Performance Programme (HPP) funding of $350,000 (Shs876m).

But after recovering from losses to Canada and Oman to beat Singapore and Malaysia respectively, the Uganda Cricket Cranes Monday lost their final Division 3 match by 13 runs to the USA, and have been relegated to the Fourth Division in 2018.

Following Uganda’s drop, the United States and Singapore will remain in this division while Oman and Canada will play the final tomorrow and have been promoted to Division 2 joining UAE, Scotland, Papupa New Guinea, Hong Kong, Kenya, Netherlands, Namibia and Nepal.

Fans are calling for Uganda’s Kenyan coach Steve Tikolo to be fired by Uganda Cricket Association after the devastating relegation after he failed to select and use his visibly talented side well. Most of the players in the current side, nine of the 14 named by coach Steve Tikolo have been part of the side for at least eight years, describe each other brothers.

A hashtag # is gaining momentum on social media meant to pressurize UCA to let go of Tikolo, 45, a former Kenya cricketer, and a former One Day Internationals’ captain. Widely regarded as the greatest Kenyan cricketer ever and has scored the most runs and taken the second most wickets for the team in ODI’s.

 

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