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Historic Achievement: Uganda Secures Maiden Qualification for T20 World Cup

Uganda is set to become the fifth African nation to join the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Having won five out of six matches, Uganda has secured a top-two position in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Africa Region Qualifier, ensuring their participation in the T20 World Cup 2024 held in the West Indies and the USA. 

This marks Uganda’s debut in an ICC World Cup. In their first qualifier encounter, Uganda convincingly defeated Tanzania by eight wickets. Although they faced a setback in the next game, losing by six wickets, Namibian all-rounder David Wiese’s exceptional performance, claiming 4/17, was noteworthy. The team made a stunning comeback by defeating Zimbabwe by five wickets in a Test match. Despite Uganda’s bowling, led by Dinesh Nakrani (3/14), restricting the Chevrons to 136/7, Zimbabwe’s captain Sikandar Raza’s unbeaten 48 stood out. Nevertheless, Uganda emerged unexpectedly victorious with five wickets remaining, thanks to the leadership of Alpesh Ramjani (40) and Riazat Ali Shah (42).

Bolstered by this triumph, Uganda swiftly overcame Nigeria and secured a 33-run victory against Kenya, solidifying their position for the T20 World Cup. They confirmed their place with ease by defeating Rwanda by nine wickets. Uganda’s exceptional bowling prowess was evident as they dismissed Rwanda for a mere 65 runs, successfully chasing down the target by the ninth over. In contrast, Zimbabwe, facing setbacks against Namibia and Uganda, fell short of qualifying for the T20 event. Despite their participation in the previous tournament, where they achieved a memorable one-run victory over Pakistan, Zimbabwe couldn’t secure a spot this time.

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