The Chief Executive Officer of Botswana Cricket Association, Girish Ramakrishna, has revealed that they have extended their national cricket roll out to Chobe government schools. The roll out programme was introduced in 2007 and has so far attracted more than six thousand students. Ten government schools from the Chobe District have now been included.
Through Botswana Cricket Association (BCA), twenty teachers from the schools recently underwent a two day orientation programme. BCA coach Solly Chothia conducted the training sessions.
The orientation will equip the teachers with the requisite skills for them to facilitate the roll out programme at their respective schools.
BCA also held another orientation programme for Selebi Phikwe primary school teachers. Ramakrishna said during orientations teachers are taught the basics of cricket such as bowling, battling and fielding. They undergo theory and practical courses facilitated by experienced coaches.
Ramakrishna said both male and female teachers have shown interest in the orientation programme. The orientation of Phikwe teachers was a joint venture between BCA and Botswana Primary Schools Sports Association (BOPSSA).
BOPSSA added cricket to its portfolio earlier this year. The Chobe schools that are now part of the developmental programme are Kachiakau, Mabele Kavimba, Satau, Paragarungu, Kazungula, Lesoma, Kasane, Pandamatenga, and Plateau primary schools.
Meanwhile the BCA is hosting the under 13 girls’ tournament, which kicked off this Monday at the Gaborone cricket grounds. About five schools have already started competing for the championship title and three matches have already been played. Mojadife primary school has already won two of its first matches, one against Itumeleng and the other against Tsogang. Mojadife won the first match which against Itumeleng by scoring 80 runs for 2 wickets in 15 overs .In the match against Tsogang, Mojadife scored 73 runs for 3 wickets in 15 overs.The third match between Bophirima and Kgabo Sereto was won by Bophirima as Kgabo Sereto failed to turn up.