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Former Wisbech Town and Leverington batsmen Suraj Karavadra has been appointed head coach of the Ugandan Ladies cricket team.

Karavadra,who grew up in Fenland and has coached girls at Nottinghamshire and Buckinghamshire and women at Licestershire and the United Arab Emirates, will move to East Africa early next month.

The African country's cricket association has been making a concerted effort to raise the level of its ladies and believe the appointment will take them to the next level.

Suraj Karavadra celebrates his appointment (47464228)
Suraj Karavadra celebrates his appointment (47464228)

Karavadra's priorities will be the T20 World Cup qualifiers in Botswana this September and the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The Ugandan Cricket Association's CEO Martin Ondeko said: "We are happy to appoint Suraj. He has a lot of experience in working with women. He also has experience in working in different countries and we believe he has the right expertise to make the women's team a force to reckon with."

"Suraj brings a wealth of experience to Uganda Cricket having worked with various organizations in the same role. Suraj is no stranger to Uganda. He is a fourth-generation Ugandan, tracing his roots in the eastern town of Jinja where his great grandfather settled to do business.

Suraj Karavadra playing for Leverington in 2013 (47464256)
Suraj Karavadra playing for Leverington in 2013 (47464256)

"This is, therefore, more than an assignment for him rather than an opportunity for him to make a contribution to his motherland."

Karavadra added: “I am very excited to be working with a group of very talented cricketers. My passion has always been for women's cricket, helping them cross boundaries, become stronger, and reach new heights.

"I want the team to feel inspired, to push boundaries further than ever, and as a team, reach a whole new level of success. I can't wait to get started, to get to know the team, to dive into the culture, to apply my knowledge and experience, and to continue the incredible legacy that The Lady Cricket Cranes have already created."



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