Procter hails generosity towards Uganda
Former South African Test player and current ICC match referee Mike Procter has hailed the Pakistan and Bangladesh teams after they gave a portion of their prize money to Uganda during the recent Twenty20 quadrangular series in Kenya.
The gesture started when Pakistan's Shahid Afridi was named man of the match in the tournament opener against the Ugandans and gave his $500 prize to the Uganda Cricket Association. It continued throughout the matches, and the other four man of the match awards won by Bangladesh and Pakistan all went to the UCA, as did the player of the series award of $3,000 jointly won by Pakistan's Shoaib Malik and Bangladesh's Mohammad Ashraful.
This gave the UCA a total of $5,500, and Procter was full of praise for the Pakistan and Bangladesh players, saying, "When you talk about the Spirit of Cricket, well, the players from Pakistan and Bangladesh really displayed it with their gesture as far as I am concerned," also stressing that it showed respect for their opponents, "They are among the big boys of world cricket and to help out a country that is still developing in the game is a superb effort. Uganda is moving forward with its cricket, as it showed during the series when it beat Kenya, and the generosity of the players of Pakistan and Bangladesh will be a huge help in that regard. It is something that deserves to be talked about and recognized"
The money will of course come in handy for Uganda as they prepare for Division Two of the World Cricket League in Windhoek, Namibia which starts on the 23rd of November, with Uganda playing the hosts as well as Argentina, Denmark, Oman and the UAE.
Uganda's preparations for that tournament got underway yesterday with a low-key training session. Of the 25 players named in the provisional squad, only ten showed up, two of whom were injured and a further two didn't take part.