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South Africa (CSA) has announced that Uganda will
replace Ghana in the expanded 2018/19 Africa T20 Cup.
Ghana declined the invitation to
the tournament, which is set to take place in September with the preliminary
round on September 14-16 followed by the finals' weekend on September 23-24,
due to logistical reasons.
Uganda (‘The Cranes’) will also
be making their debut alongside another West African team, Nigeria, in the
The East African side will be
utilising this opportunity as part of their preparation for the road to the ICC
World Cricket League Division Three tournament scheduled in November this
The Cranes national team will
substitute Ghana in Pool A, joining KwaZulu-Natal Inland, Easterns, Western
Province and KwaZulu-Natal Coastal.
The exciting T20 action will take
place in 4 coastal venues in Pietermaritzburg, Oudtshoorn, East London and
Paarl featuring 12 CSA Affiliates, 3 Associate Members and 5 ICC Africa teams
taking place over two thrilling weekends of T20 cricket.
"It is disappointing that
Ghana had to pull out of the competition," says Justine Ligyalingi, ICC
Africa Development Officer.
"As it was going to be their
debut at this tournament, it would have been a great experience for their
national team, but we are glad to confirm the involvement of another debutant
"This will provide the ideal
opportunity for them to test themselves against some of the best young
cricketers on the continent, particularly ahead of their appearance in the
upcoming WCL Division Three tournament in November.
"Uganda will be ready to
compete, and we are excited as we wait for the highly anticipated competition
to get underway."
As part of their preparations for
the WCL Division three competition, both Kenya and Uganda will remain in South
Africa following the conclusion of the Africa T20 Cup to play 50-over warm-up
matches against KwaZulu-Natal Inland and the South African Academy
updated four Africa T20 pools are as listed below:
A - Pietermaritzburg: KwaZulu-Natal Inland,
Easterns, KwaZulu-Natal Coastal, Uganda and Western Province
Pool B –
Oudtshoorn: South Western Districts, Free State, Gauteng, Northerns and
Pool C –
East London: Border, Eastern Province, Kenya, Mpumalanga
Pool D –
Paarl: Boland, Limpopo, Nigeria, Northern Cape and North West