World Cricket League Division Three: Sultan to lead Oman in Uganda

Sultan Ahmed will skipper the Oman team for the upcoming 50-over ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division Three, which will be played in Uganda from May 23-30.

The team was announced for the six-nation tournament on Tuesday by Oman Cricket and the national team chief coach, Duleep Mendis, termed the team a 'balanced squad'.

In his remarks to Muscat Daily, Mendis said, “The team's selection was based on the current form of the players. We have a balanced side and hope to do well in Uganda.”

Sultan Ahmed

The former Sri Lankan great said that the players will undergo a camp starting on May 1 with former Sri Lankan stars, Rumesh Ratnayake and Ruwan Kalpage, to assist the team as bowling and fielding coaches respectively.

The duo will be joined by former India skipper Mohammed Azharuddin, who will be with the team for just a week from April 30 to May 7.

Sri Lanka's Nandisha has been roped in as the team's video analyst.

Oman will play practice games against UAE as part of the team's build-up for the tournament and also travel to Kenya ahead of the start for acclimatisation and a camp.

Besides Oman, the other teams competing in WCL Division Three are hosts Uganda, Malaysia, Canada, Singapore and US.

Squad: Zeeshan Maqsood, Aaqib Ilyas, Khawar Ali, Twinkal Bhandari, Noorul Riaz, Ajay Lalcheta, Muhammed Naseem, Sultan Ahmed (captain), Muhammed Nadeem, Munis Ansari, Bilal Khan, Sufyan Mehmood, Jatinder Singh, Arun Poulose. Reserves: Rajesh Ranpura, Nestor Dhamba, Syed Amir Ali, Baadal Singh.

Officials: Duleep Mendis (chief coach), Premnath Jaganath (physio), Mazhar Saleem (assistant coach), Madhu Jesrani (manager), Rumesh Ratnayake (bowling coach), Ruwan Kalpage (fielding coach), Nandisha (video analyst).

Oman's matches: May 23: vs US, May 24: vs Canada, May 26: vs Uganda, May 27: vs Singapore, May 29: vs Malaysia. May 30: playoffs. Matches will be played at three venues -  Lugogo,and Kyambogo in Kampala and Entebbe.

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