Saturday, July 11, 2020

Cricket Botswana’s tip-and-run pays dividends

BY PATIENCE LEPHOGOLE

Cricket Botswana is on the run. The country has been ranked 30 in the world by the International Cricket Council (ICC) which is the global governing body for cricket and representing 105 members.

This has been released by the International Cricket Council after it expanded MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings table with 80 teams who will now be able to gauge their progress in a format recognized by the world body as the vehicle for the growth of the game.

Being ranked number 30th, this means Botswana’s cricket is growing by leaps and bounds.

According to a report released last week, teams like Austria, Botswana, Luxembourg and Mozambique are said to be among the sides figuring in the first men’s T20I ranking table that features all Members meeting the criteria of having played six matches against other ICC members since May 2016.

The move is reportedly said to expand the table following ICC’s call last year that every one men’s T20 matches between Members from one January 2019 are going to be classified as internationals. This is more like the independent agency Women’s T20I Team Rankings, which were launched in Oct 2018; groups ought to play six matches against different groups within the previous 3 to four years to stay within the rankings table.

Botswana Cricket Association (BCA) Sumod Damodar, Secretary ÔÇô Fixtures & Publicity said “we have been  ranked 30th out of the totally ranked 80 members globally; bearing in mind that 23 members are not yet ranked as they have not qualified for this opportunity.”

“This is the first time that the Global T20i Rankings for Men are being calculated involving ALL ICC Members. These are efforts to continue to compete more strongly and maintain our position on the Ranking Table which is paramount not only for purposes of pride and honor but also for future competitions.

The qualification method for the independent agency Men’s T20 tournament that is afoot includes fifty eight T20I matches across 5 regional finals is probably going to mean vital movements on the rankings over the approaching months.

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