Zimbabwe Request to Host Cricket Team

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The Zimbabwe Cricket Association ZCA has requested to host Ugandas team for a number of international build-up matches.

The Zimbabwe Cricket Association (ZCA) has requested to host Uganda's team for a number of international build-up matches.

Justine Ligyalingi, the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) told URN on Tuesday that Zimbabwe has written and requested for build-up matches which he believes will be a good test for Uganda.

"We are still looking at the right time to make this trip in-terms of the dates. Playing Zimbabwe in a number of build-up matches will be a good test for our players," said Ligyalingi.

Newly appointed national coach Steve Tikolo also said he would be glad to have his team face Zimbabwe in a number of international friendly games. "I look forward to this tour because it will help our players prepare better," added Tikolo.

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The former Kenyan international said he would also be happy if Uganda won the bid to host the 2017 International Cricket Board (ICC) World Cricket League Division 3. "This would be a great chance for Uganda to showcase again that it can host a high profile event and also give chance to Ugandans to watch high class Cricket," he added.

Uganda has notified the world Cricket body that they intend to bid to host the ICC World Cricket League Division 3.

The event slated to take place early next year will attract six nations with the best two qualifying for Division 2.

In 2014 Uganda won the bid to host the same tournament, but the global governing body stopped the event from taking place in Kampala because of security concerns in Uganda.

The decision by the ICC came since Uganda was on high alert over fears of retaliatory attacks by Somalia's Al-Qaeda-affiliated Alshabaab rebels. Uganda is a key contributor of troops to the African Union force fighting the alshabaab.