Saturday, May 21, 2022

Cricket youth teams off to compete in Dar

The Botswana Cricket Association (BCA) girls’ Under 19 team is in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, to compete in the annual Africa Cricket Association (ACA) Six Nations Tournament.

At the tournament, the Botswana girls will play against tournament hosts Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Mozambique.

The team, which left the country for the tournament this past Friday, started its campaign today (Sunday) morning with a match against Kenya before taking on hosts Tanzania in the afternoon.

According to the BCA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Girish Ramakrishna, the country has sent a youthful team comprised of both the Under 13 and Under 19 girls for the tournament.

“This team is a mixture of youth and experience. Of the 14 players who made the team, nine have been with the team for some time while five are first timers from the Under 13 team,” the BCA CEO explained.

Speaking in an interview, the BCA CEO said while these will be the last games for some long term Under 19 players like Shameelah Mosweu, who are expected to graduate into the senior team, it will be also be a new start for the team’s debutants.

Quizzed on what criterion was used to pick the Under 13 girls for the tournament, Ramakrishna said they looked at the ability of the players.

“These players proved themselves in the Under 14 Girls tournament we hosted here earlier this year. We, as any other country believe that if an athlete is good enough, he/she is old enough to play, hence their call ups to the Under 19 team.”

According to the BCA CEO, just as with their older teammates, the youngsters will stand a good chance of being called up again into a team that will represent the country at the Senior Girls Tournament next year should they show they are capable.

On what happened to the other players who were part of the Under 19 team but have now not made the team for the ACA Six Nations Tournament, the BCA CEO said some have been omitted from the team due to various school commitments.

On what will happen to the current Under 19 team, which has been together for the past four ACA Six Nations Tournament, Ramakrishna said the intention is to have the players graduate into the ladies’ senior national team.

The team, which is coached by Innocent Chando and managed by Mpho Kotu, will be expected back in the country on the 16th of this month.

Meanwhile, Ramakrishna said the BCA will also be sending a boys’ Under 13 invitational team to the Boland Primary Schools Annual Provincial Tournament in South Africa. The tournament will be played from December 11-15, 2014 at Worcester in the Western Cape.

The team will leave the country this coming Wednesday and is expected back home on the 16th of this month.


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