Abhay Sharma named new Cricket Cranes head coach

Abhay Sharma, (L) an experienced Indian coach, is the new head coach of the Cricket Cranes (PHoto/Courtesy)

Kampala, (UG):- The Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) has appointed Abhay Sharma, an experienced Indian coach, as the new head coach of the Cricket Cranes on a three-year deal.

The 54-year-old Indian international, a level 3 certificate holder from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), succeeds Laurence Mahatlane, whose contract was not renewed last October. 

Jackson Ogwang, Mahatlane’s assistant, had been holding the fort in an interim capacity.

After an exhaustive search process involving thirteen candidates, Sharma emerged as the ideal choice to lead the Cricket Cranes into a new era. His appointment comes at a crucial time, with Uganda set to make its debut appearance at the T20 World Cup.

Sharma brings a wealth of experience to the role, having previously coached the India U19 team and worked with the Indian national team as a fielding coach. His background in first-class cricket and extensive coaching experience in the Indian set-up make him the ideal candidate to take Uganda to new heights.

“We are thrilled to have Abhay Sharma on board,” said UCA Chief Executive Mr John Walusimbi. “His credentials and experience speak for themselves, and we believe he has the expertise to take our team to the next level,” He added.

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“We are confident that he will help us achieve our goals and make a meaningful impact in international cricket.”

Sharma’s appointment has been welcomed by the cricket fraternity in Uganda, with many hailing it as a positive move for the sport in the country.

Sharma’s first assignment will be to prepare the Cricket Cranes for the T20 World Cup, where they will face some of the world’s top teams. With his expertise and guidance, Uganda will be hoping to make a lasting impression on the global stage.

“I am honoured to be appointed as the head coach of the Uganda Cricket Cranes,” Sharma said, adding; “I am excited to work with the team and help them achieve their goals.”

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“We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I am confident that together, we can achieve great things.” He affirmed.

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