This past week, the Botswana Cricket Association (BCA) sent out its troops to Windhoek, Namibia, for the Bank Windhoek Cricket Development Festival. The weekend long festival is strictly for two nations, Botswana and Namibia. For the first time in BCA history, the club will be sending out the senior ladies team, along with the Under 13 boys and Under 13 girls to participate in the festival.
The teams left on Thursday and they started playing their matches on Friday. They are expected back on the 18th of this month.
The Chief Executive Officer of Botswana Cricket, Girish Ramakrishna, said that the festival is an ideal opportunity for the girls and the senior ladies team to participate and compete under a competitive environment.
“At the end of each day in the evening there will be discussions on life skills, game development cricket etiquette, captaincy, field placing, motivation, as well as personality development,” said Ramakrishna.
Namibia Cricket and its partnership with UNICEF had won the Africa Cricket Association Award for the Kwata Cricket Project. The project incorporated healthy Lifestyle games that are presented by development officers on a daily basis to learners. The cricket Namibia Development officers has presented these games with cricket equipment to the Under 13 teams on Friday morning. The match format is 20 overs for the Under 13 girls and two 35 overs and a 20 over match for the Under 13 boys and the senior ladies team. The teams will be playing a total of 9 matches.
Meanwhile, the BCA has distributed equipment to the new government schools enrolled under the developmental programme. The schools are found in the Selebi-Phikwe and Mmadinare areas.
The latest schools to join the programme from Selebi-Phikwe are Tebogo, Reuben Mpabanga, Phikwe, Joseph Anderson, Segomotso, Tlhabololo, Botshabelo, Boitshoko, Lapologang, and Boswelakgomo Primary schools.
The schools from Mmadinare are Mmadinare, Serule, Mogapinyana, Tobane, Kelele, Robelela, Kgagodi, Itereleng Foley, Ditoro, Sedibe, Tshokwe, Letsibogo, Phethu-Mphoeng, Gojwane, Tlapalakoma, as well as St Peters.