Karashani Davis Arinaitwe is the Former National Cricket Player from Uganda, who recently retired from International Cricket and is still involved with Cricket as a Coach for U19 youngsters. Davis who started playing Cricket at the age of 13, retired at an early age of 28. But in his 15 Years of International Cricket Career , he has bagged several awards and achievements to his name. Davis has twice represented his Country in Under 19 Cricket World Cups. He has been honoured to become the Captain of the National Cricket Team at a tender age of 19. Davis plays for East Africa Premier League Franchise NILE KNIGHTS and also for Tornado Bee Cricket Club. Davis has been an Inspiration throughout his Cricket career and still continues his love for Cricket by contributing as a Coach.
1. Tell us about you?
Name: Karashani Davis Arinaitwe
Date of Birth: 20.04.1987
Role: All Rounder
Batting Style: Right hand mid order Batter
Bowling Style: Right arm off spinner from Uganda.
2. At Present: Are you a Coach? A cricket player? A cricket related business? A club Owner? A cricket Fan? Mention your work profile (if anything else).
I am a recently retired from international cricket player but still playing local club cricket and coaching mainly under 19 youngsters.
3. Are you playing cricket currently? If Yes - Since how long are you playing cricket? What level of cricket have you played so far in your country?
Yes, playing local club cricket after retiring internationally in February this year. Been playing cricket since I was 13 years old and honoured to have managed to represent my country at Under 15, Under 17 level and not just one but two Under 19 Cricket world cups in 2004 and 2006. I have also been honoured to have captained the national cricket team at a tender age of just 19 years in various international events.
4. Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded? Where are you working currently?
I currently play for East Africa Premier league franchise NILE KNIGHTS and locally 50 over league defending champions Tornado Bee Cricket Club that was formed in 2002. I currently work as a Human Resource in charge and field land surveyor at Synergy Surveyors & Associates in Kampala.
5. Where do you and your team see yourself in coming 5 years? Where do you want to focus in order to improve your cricket?
Am very fortunate to be playing at this club that is so organised, focused and thrives on support of loyal enthusiastic sport loving members and I believe this club has taken sport to another level of not just continued on field excellence but more so off field togetherness and belonging which can only get better in the next 5 years.
6. Do your club/association have any website or Facebook page? Mention their links.
Unfortunately funny in this internet era but true is that we sadly don't have a website or Facebook page up yet.
7. Any recent achievements/activities that you had. (It could be organizing a small camp, or just playing a match or organizing a cricket camp or playing a tournament series) Do mention the date.
Internationally, i have a couple of personal achievements like Player of series WCL div 3 in Bermuda 2013, Africa best bowler award 2013 and a few man of match awards but what stands out for me is the Team winners Africa T20 trophy in 2011. A couple of local awards individually too like best fielder 50 over league 2014 but must notably Winners trophy for 50 over league 2015 after an unbeaten season.
8. Would you like to come to India for a tournament or a coaching camp? Or do you want to travel any other country (if Yes, please mention the name)?
I have been to India on one of our previous Under 19 pre world cup tours and the cricketing atmosphere was massive so i would not mind reliving that experience as a player or coach. Probably same feeling about any other cricketing nation with passion for this wonderful sport.
9. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
One of the biggest challenges in my opinion is the lack of consistent international exposure and poor facilities. These have been massive set backs in the further development of the sport in the country of which solutions are self explanatory that once over turned would result in immense contrasting fortunes.
10. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
Immediate improvement in cricket facilities in the country would go a long way in spearheading any improvement in the country at all levels.
11. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country. Also mention the name and email id of these 3 clubs.
Tornado Cricket Club
Wanderers Cricket Club
Uganda Charity Trust Fund Cricket Club
12. Would you like to nominate any club from your country for a free website from Global Cricket Community? If Yes, Why?
I nominate TORNADO BEE CRICKET CLUB for a website from Global Cricket Community not just for there on field success but more for the immense organisation they have displayed and having a clear vision of taking cricket to another level in Uganda even as one of the youngest clubs in the country. In this vision too, Tornado Bee C.C has gone on to introduce a ladies club in the country and has continued to extend training and mentoring opportunities to under 19 youngsters too.