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Abhay Sharma takes over as Uganda Men’s Cricket Head Coach ahead Of T20 World Cup 2024

Abhay Sharma Embarks on a Journey with Uganda's Cricket: A New Chapter of Promise

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  • His tenure as the fielding coach for India A and India U-19s, coupled with his stint with the Indian women’s cricket team, attested to his pedigree and unwavering commitment to the sport.
  • His accolades, both as a player and as a coach, painted a picture of a seasoned veteran ready to guide the team towards excellence.

In the ever-evolving landscape of cricket, the appointment of a new head coach can signify a pivotal moment for any team. Such was the case when the Uganda Cricket Association (UGA) proudly unveiled Abhay Sharma as the helm of the senior men’s national team, just months before the much-anticipated T20 World Cup of 2024. With a resounding vote of confidence, Sharma stepped into his role armed with a three-year contract and a vision to propel Ugandan cricket to unprecedented heights.

Sharma’s arrival heralded a new era of promise for Ugandan cricket. His accolades, both as a player and as a coach, painted a picture of a seasoned veteran ready to guide the team towards excellence. Having traversed the corridors of first-class cricket, Sharma brought with him an innate understanding of the game’s nuances, coupled with a wealth of coaching experience garnered over the years.

Upon his appointment, Sharma expressed profound gratitude towards the UGA, acknowledging the privilege to work with Uganda’s finest cricketing talents. “I am very grateful to UCA for this opportunity to work with a bunch of talented national cricketers,” remarked the 54-year-old coach. His sentiments echoed a genuine appreciation for the warmth and hospitality extended to him, likening Uganda to his homeland, India. “Having been in Uganda for just a couple of days, it already feels like my second home. The people here are lovely, and the setting is reminiscent of my home country. It is a beautiful country,” he added with a smile.

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However, amidst the warmth of his reception, Sharma wasted no time in outlining his objectives for the team. With a steely resolve, he articulated his aspirations, emphasizing the team’s ambitions to conquer the global stage. “I am here to contribute to the team’s aspirations, which include defeating the top sides in the world in the upcoming World Cup,” Sharma affirmed. Beyond immediate triumphs, his vision extended to nurturing the next generation of cricketers, envisaging a robust development program to cultivate talent and bolster the team’s ranks.

Acknowledging the team’s recent achievements, Sharma remained candid about the areas necessitating improvement. Reflecting on past performances, he pinpointed fielding as a critical facet demanding attention. “While Uganda Cricket has performed well in the last 12 months, there are areas, particularly fielding, where we need to improve,” Sharma admitted. Drawing from statistical insights and his observations, he emphasized the significance of capitalizing on every opportunity on the field. “We have lost a couple of opportunities in the field. And yet even after missing out on those chances, we still qualified for the World Cup. Imagine how much better we can perform if we address these lapses,” he mused.

Sharma’s strategic approach to the game encompassed more than just technical prowess; it underscored the importance of mental fortitude and game awareness. With unwavering determination, he envisioned Uganda competing on equal footing with the world’s best teams, instilling a sense of belief and resilience within the squad. In his pursuit of excellence, Sharma found unwavering support from the UCA Board, who pledged their full backing as he embarked on his mission to elevate Ugandan cricket to unprecedented heights.

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Sharma’s appointment was not merely a stroke of chance; it was a culmination of a storied career marked by remarkable achievements. His tenure as the fielding coach for India A and India U-19s, coupled with his stint with the Indian women’s cricket team, attested to his pedigree and unwavering commitment to the sport. Notable achievements with the Delhi Ranji Team further underscored his leadership qualities and his ability to nurture talent.

Commenting on Sharma’s appointment, Jackson Kavuma, UCA’s Honorary Secretary, commended the decision, citing Sharma’s leadership qualities and impeccable track record. “We selected Abhay Sharma for his strong leadership qualities and impressive track record of success at professional and international levels,” Kavuma affirmed. Sharma’s coaching pedigree, spanning across various teams and tournaments, resonated with the UCA’s vision for the future of Ugandan cricket.

As Abhay Sharma embarked on this new chapter with Uganda’s cricket, he carried with him not just a wealth of experience, but a burning passion to carve a legacy of success. His appointment symbolized more than just a change in leadership; it represented a beacon of hope and promise for Ugandan cricket, igniting the flames of aspiration and ambition within the hearts of players and fans alike. In the crucible of competition, amidst the echoes of cheers and the thrill of victory, Sharma and his team stood poised to script a new chapter in the annals of cricketing history.

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