We continue our series of chats to those growing cricket in the sport's new world with Daniel Beswick (@dgbeswick1) speaking to Denis Musali, Head of Digital Communications of Cricket Uganda.
Denis represented Uganda at two U19 World Cups, playing against a golden age of youth international cricketers, with many taking part at the upcoming Cricket World Cup.
While bemoaning the smaller 2019 World Cup, Denis discusses the state of Ugandan cricket and shares stories of playing some of the world's best for his country. He also passes his judgement of the current men's U19s and the Women's senior team, who both narrowly missed out on qualification for the U19s World Cup and the T20/CWC World Qualifiers respectively.
Finally, Denis previews the Men's Africa T20 World Cup Qualifier, which is being hosted in his home country.
This is not one to miss, with Denis a fantastic guest with some incredible stories and knowledge to share!
We wrap the last day of consequential action from Windhoek, and what a day it was! PNG came from a seemingly insurmountable position to qualify, thanks to a huge win over Oman and an obdurate finish from USA against their neighbours to the north, denying Canada ODI status by four runs.
From the balcony of Wanderers, the team review the World Cricket League Division Two action after four of five completed rounds where Oman and USA have secured ODI status and their spots in Cricket World Cup League 2. There is a four-way fight for the last two berths; Namibia has a win and NRR advantage over Hong Kong, Canada and PNG - all three sides on a solitary victory. The last round sees all sides in the top half up against those in the danger zone of the bottom three, setting up a blockbuster last day of the round-robin on Friday to decide the final two team to earn ODI status.
Join the EC team live - well, uncut - from Windhoek after day two of the crucial World Cricket League Division 2.
Joined by special guest, Bertus de Jong, we analyse the first two days of action where we've seen Oman climb to an early lead on the points table, four teams 1-1 and Canada languishing in sixth without a victory.
We saw one of the best Associate cricket (if not all international cricket) tournaments here last year, but this year has even more on the line.
We close out EC Pod 7 with a review of the Uganda-Kenya-Zimbabwe women's "Victoria Tri-series", we talk about the first ODI between UAE & Zimbabwe and answer your questions from the EC Mailbag for the first time!
Bes, Nick & Cuts take a deep dive into the final World Cricket League event: WCL2 gets underway in a week's time from Namibia's capital Windhoek. Canada, Hong Kong, Oman, PNG, USA and the hosts will fight out for the final four places in the ICC's new all-ODI "Cricket World Cup League 2". The bottom two will slot into the new CWCQ Challenge League. Hear the team's take on each of the teams and the players to look out for as well as everyone's final placings predictions.
Asghar sacked as Afghan skipper. The disappearing cricket event. Women’s cricket events in Africa & La Manga hosts a joint Scottish men’s / women’s training tour.
We digest the shock sacking of Afghanistan's longstanding skipper Asghar Afghan (form. Stanikzai). We try to solve the case of the disappearing Kenya T20 tournament. There's a lot of women's cricket happening in Africa as Namibia hosts Botswana - and Kenya & Zimbabwe play the Lady Cricket Cranes in Uganda. La Manga hosts the Scottish men and women for a joint training tour as well as an Estonia, Malta, Spain T20 series. We also touch on the NZ-Asia indoor champs in Singapore.
The Beswick Sandeep Rant. Nigeria in the World Cup. PNG win EAP qualifier. USA continue to fire. Cricket expanding in west Japan.
Bes gets his chance to have his rant about Delhi not picking Sandeep - and was vindicated when he was finally selected after the podcast was recorded. We also dissect the EAP T20 World Cup qualifier, Nigeria's U19s make the country's first global cricket event and the USA close out their UAE tour with more impressive performances across the squad. Nick speaks to Dhugal from Japan Cricket Association about the expansion of the game in Kaizuma in partnership with the government to develop a ground in the city, with the chance to play international cricket there.
The EC team give their thoughts on Afghanistan’s maiden Test victory in their just concluded series with Ireland; Team USA continues to impress in the UAE; and rain threatens the EAP T20 World Cup Qualifer. They also review Sandeep’s PSL; and look forward to WCL2 next month in Namibia.
And kids, don’t oil your bat before you sand it!