This week, the International Cricket Council (ICC) brings to Botswana the World Cricket League (WCL) Division 7.
The WCL Division 7, which is a series of international one day cricket tournaments, where 6 countries go up against one another, is finally in Botswana.
To the delight of many local cricket fans, the teams arrived this past Friday to kick start the tournament, which is scheduled for Sunday (today) the 1st of May.
The tournament is expected to last the whole week, until Monday next week. The tournament will be held at the Botswana Cricket grounds oval 1 and 2 as well as the Lobatse Cricket grounds.
Botswana is to go up against the likes of the 5 national teams, comprising of the Nigeria, Norway, Japan, Germany and Kuwait.
The Botswana national squad is currently ranked 29th in the world and the 5th ranked non-test team in the African continent. Depending on the outcome of the tournament, the top two sides of division 7 will be promoted to WCL division 6.
Information has it that the aim of the WCL has been divided into two. The first aim is to provide a qualification for the World Cup that can be accessed by all associate and affiliate members.
Botswana has been an associate member of the ICC since 2005; the country has been affiliated to the international body since 2001. The other aim is to provide an opportunity for these sides to play one day matches against teams of similar standards.
As of the 17th of April, the squad announced to represent the country was as follows: Akrum Chand (captain), Karabo Modise, Omar Ali, Tshepo Mhozya, Mosa Gaolekwe, Segolame Ramatu, Karabo Motlhanka, Waseem Tajbhay, Aslam Chand, Denzil Sequeira, James Moses, Faisal Rana Rasheed, Abdul Patel and Noor Ahmad.