Following their failure to qualify for promotion to the World Cricket League Division 5 at the just ended ICC World Cricket League Africa Championships, the Botswana team is now focussed on the ICC World T20 Cup in 2018.
In what was perhaps their best showing at a major continental tournament so far, Botswana’s bid to qualify for the World Cricket League Division 5 fell short by a whisker as they finished second to Ghana at the tournament.
Botswana lost just one game to eventual winners Ghana and drew game against Nigeria. Botswana managed to amass seven points from their outings and finished three points behind the Ghanaians, who won all their games, amassing 10 points in the process.
The result put paid to Botswana’s hopes of qualifying for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
“The team did not manage to qualify for the World Cricket League Division 5. Only the leading team on the standings can participate in the division 5 in which only six teams will be taking part. Ghana being the one on top has qualified for the division,” said Girish Ramakrishna the CEO for Botswana Cricket Association (BCA).
Ramakrishna said their attention would now shift towards preparing for the 2018 ICC World T20 qualifiers.
He said while it had not yet been communicated as to when the World T20 qualifiers would start, the team was already looking forward to being part of the qualifiers.
Team coach Joseph Angara said: “The team is now is on a 10-day break after the games in Benoni. From there they will be going back to their clubs as local tournaments are about to begin. I am very disappointed that we did not qualify but I am very proud of how the boys played.”