The Botswana Cricket Association (BCA) continues to make great strides in its endeavour to attain growth, as it was recently granted affiliation to Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) and Botswana Tertiary Student Sports Association (BOTESSA).
After toiling to affiliate, the BCA finally received ‘admission letters’ from both BISA and BOTESSA on November 30th.
“We have been negotiating with the two organisations for a while and coincidentally both accepted us into their fold on the 30th November this year,” BCA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Girish Ramakrishna said.
He further said the acceptance into both BISA and BOTESSA comes at a great time as the BCA was losing most of their talent from their nationwide grassroots development programmes.
“As you may be aware, over the past few years, we started a grassroots development programme with the Botswana Primary Schools Sports Association (BOPSSA). Some of the young players we developed there have now moved to secondary schools. Unfortunately those who were not called into national teams were then lost to cricket as the sport is not played at junior and secondary school. The acceptance by BISA and BOTESSA therefore means we will be able to keep most of the talent we produce active and also monitor promising players who did not break into the national teams,” the BCA CEO explained. “This answers the question as to what happens when a boy or a girl moves from primary to junior, senior secondary and even tertiary school.”
Ramakrishna said as the BCA, they are very excited at the latest development as it signifies a great step forward for cricket. He further said the acceptance into BISA and BOTESSA comes at an opportune time when the BCA is on the verge of starting national leagues for their development players. The BCA CEO said starting from March next year, all age groups should have leagues, and this will include the senior women league as well.
“We have already started the under 13 league in most of the places. What we are now planning to do come next year is to address all the missing gaps at the moment. All coaches have been told that there will be a national league in March and each should bring teams of 15 girls and 15 boys for the league,” Ramakrishna explained. Meanwhile, the BCA has started training level two coaches to complement the ongoing developments at the BCA. With a lot of level one coaches already trained, the BCA CEO said the association found it necessary to start developing high level coaches to go hand in hand with the BCA’s development programmes.