The Botswana Cricket Association (BCA) has paid tribute to the success of the Twenty 20 senior team that was promoted to Africa’s Division 1 after the team was crowned champions of the Pepsi International Cricket Council (ICC) Africa Division 2 championships in Benoni, South Africa, this past week.
The Division 1 promotion will now allow the team to compete for the first time in history in Africa’s Division 1. The players were led by sensational batsman, Karabo Modise, who was named Man of the Match in four out of the seven games and subsequently Man of the Tournament.
Modise was humbled in his speech and applauded the efforts of the coaches and management that made victory possible.
“The management was fantastic and everything they did is appreciated by the players, our months and months of training have paid off,” he said.
The Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) highlighted their intent to continue supporting BCA in their endeavours by pointing out that they want cricket not only to be in the cities but spread to other towns. It’s important for the players not to become complacent thanks to the coaches.
The BCA chairman paid tribute to his players and noted how the young group of players was amongst the youngest at the tournament.
Tribute was also paid to Girish Ramakrishna for his work as the Chief Executive Officer of BCA; he won the best sporting administrator earlier in the year. The team was impressive during the tournament as they won six out of seven games and will look to build on their success for future tournaments against the bigger cricketing teams.