The country’s Under 15 boys are expected to leave for Benoni, South Africa, next week to participate in a competition with 4 other African countries at the ICC Africa Regional, South Central Under 15 tournament.
The boys will be going up against cricket heavyweights, like Namibia and Mozambique, as well as Swaziland, in a bid to become the champions of this year’s competition.
Meanwhile, the Botswana Cricket Association (BCA) is this Sunday expecting back three of the umpires it sent as representatives to the African Umpires Conference in Johannesburg. The week long conference is expected to result in the selection of a panel of umpires to be nominated by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
The nominees stand to be umpires for future games within Africa.
The ICC is the mother body overlooking cricket activities worldwide amongst member countries, Botswana included.
Ravikanth Angara, Deepak Narayan Madanagarli, Sachin Weeratunge were the three representatives from Botswana who attended the conference that aimed to improve the standards of umpiring in Africa to meet the requirements of the ICC.
Amongst other forms of practical and theoretical lectures, the course covered areas of physical preparation for umpires, psychology of umpiring as well as the methodology involved in umpiring. The course also addresses issues of umpiring techniques, match umpiring, codes of conduct for the umpires as well as practical assessments.
At the end of the course, there will be an African performance assessment which will lead to a design of the way forward for umpires.