Head coach Suraj Karavadra and Uganda agree to part ways

Suraj Karavadra appointed head coach of Uganda

Suraj Karavadra (middle) © Uganda Cricket

Suraj Karavadra has been relieved from the post of Uganda head coach eight months into his tenure. Uganda Cricket Association on Tuesday (December 14) announced that they decided to terminate the contract and part ways based on mutual consent.

"Uganda Cricket Association and Victoria Pearls head coach Suraj Karavadra have reached a decision to part ways by mutual consent," the official statement read.

In May this year, Karavadra was appointed as the coach of the Uganda side in place of Michael Ndiko, who was at the helm for the last one and a half years. Kwibuka T20 Tournament held in Rwanda in July was meant to be his first assignment, but they had to pull out at the last minute from the competition that because of a COVID-19 scare.

31-year-old Karavadra was in charge of Uganda during the T20 World Cup Africa Qualifier in Botswana in September where they finished fourth. They were mostly inactive and went more than 800 days without playing cricket international cricket before the event and haven’t featured in any matches since then.

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Martin Ondeko, Uganda Cricket Association CEO, lauded Karavadra for the work he has done with the Uganda in the official statement.

“We are very grateful to Karavadra for his services, workmanship and commitment to assignment. We wish Suraj all the best in his future endeavours,” Ondeko said.

Karavadra was the Assistant coach with the women’s side at the Leicestershire County Cricket Club. He’s also worked with the UAE men’s, women’s as well as the Under-19 teams in the past.

There was no official reason given for Karavadra and the governing body ending the term much before its expiration. The statement added that an interim coach will be named in his place in due time.