Uganda pull out of Kwibuka T20 Tournament owing to COVID cases in the team bubble

Uganda team in action ©ICC

Uganda have pulled out of the Kwibuka T20 Tournament due to COVID-19 cases in the bio-bubble of the team, Uganda Cricket Association announced on Thursday (June 3).

“Unfortunately, due to some Covid-19 positive tests within the Lady Cricket Cranes bio-bubble we have been forced to cancel their trip to Kigali, Rwanda for the Kwibuka T20 Tournament,” said Martin Ondeko, CEO of Uganda Cricket Association.

“A comprehensive investigation will be taking place as to how this situation come about. At Uganda Cricket Association (UCA), we pride ourselves in the way we have managed our Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).”

Uganda were slated to begin their campaign with their group a clash against Botswana on Tuesday. Hosts Rwanda were the third team in that group.

“We are doing our utmost to both; arrest and manage the situation,” said Ondeko.

“We will not only support the affected individuals but also ensure everybody’s safety in the cricket community. We have forthwith cancelled all cricket until further notice.”

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This would have been Uganda’s first assignment under new Head Coach, Suraj Karavadra.

“We’ve still got some time before the tournament to continue our training, so we’re pretty much looking to train as a team, make sure we enjoy what we are doing and practice with purpose so we are fully prepared for Rwanda,” Karavadra had told Women’s CricZone looking ahead to the competition.”

“For us, the ultimate goal is to win the tournament, but we are also looking to come out of it with plenty of positives.”

“Looking at previous performances [of] these teams I definitely don’t think we are going to struggle too much. But again, it’s the first time I am entering within this sort of environment of African nations, so it will be interesting to see how the other teams perform as well,” he concluded.