Steve Tikolo had handled the team before and therefore he was favoured compared to coaches from India, South Africa, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe © Getty Images
Steve Tikolo had handled the team before and therefore he was favoured compared to coaches from India, South Africa, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe © Getty Images

Kampala: Former Kenyan cricket captain Steve Tikolo has been confirmed as Uganda‘s national team chief coach. Justine Ligyalingi, the chief executive of Uganda Cricket Association, told Xinhua on Monday that they selected Tikolo after considering a number of issues. He said Tikolo had handled the team before and therefore he was favoured compared to coaches from India, South Africa, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Tikolo was assistant and batting coach between 2012- 2013 when Uganda won the Pepsi T20 African Premier League and qualified for the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League Division Two. Tikolo will guide Uganda to the world cricket league division three that starts later in 2016. Srinivasan praises Nepal, Uganda

Earlier, ICC chairman N Srinivasan on Friday congratulated Nepal and Uganda for qualifying for World Cricket League Division 2, which were played in Namibia from January 17 to 24 in 2015. Nepal and Uganda sealed their progression after reaching the final of ICC World Cricket League Division 3 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday. In the final, Nepal defeated Uganda by 62 runs and the two sides will now join host Namibia, Canada, Kenya and the Netherlands in WCL Div.2. Kenya loses ODI membership

Srinivasan said: “The two finalists competed consistently over the past week, and deserve to be promoted. Their performances demonstrate the strong standard and depth of cricket in Associate and Affiliate countries, and I congratulate both teams on their achievements. Nepal and Uganda now progress to Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 2, which is the final step in the qualification pathway to the ICC Intercontinental Cup, as well as the 50-over Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship.”