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BCA ups development drive

SHARE   |   Sunday, 02 August 2015   |   By Othusitse Tlhobogang
Ramakrishna Ramakrishna

Botswana Cricket Association (BCA) CEO Girish Ramakrishna has called on parents to take interest and support their children who play cricket. Ramakrishna said the parents’ support is crucial for the children to grow into better players. Speaking to Patriot Sports on the side-lines of the cricket U-13 girls’ tournament on Thursday he pointed out that the responsibility to develop the players was not only for BCA but the parents also. Ramakrishna urged the parents to come to the games to encourage their children to be better players.

According to him, without the support of the parents it becomes difficult for BCA to reach its mandate of developing players from grassroots level.  BCA has upped its drive of reaching players at a young age and the association has prospects of starting U-13 leagues to build for the future. He said the league will be a building block to have a pool of good players to feed the national teams.

Ramakrishna said through the U-13 tournament they held this week they wanted to select a group of 20 players to develop for the national team.  “This tournament was meant to create a platform for the young players to showcase their capabilities,” he explained. He said the tournament came after the training of coaches and teachers across the country to help work with the young players. The U-13 girls tournament saw different regions battling it out in the in the T-20 format. The players came from places such as Lobatse, Molepolole, Mochudi, Ramotswa, Selebi Phikwe and Thamaga.

The young players showed brilliance and class on the pitch, promising to be very good assets for the country should they be given the much needed support. Despite losing their last game to Molepolole, the young girls from Mochudi walked away with a trophy and gold medals. To their coaches this did not come as a surprise as the team boast of very good promising players who have proved strong in many occasions. Mochudi girls recently emerged as winners at the Botswana Primary School Sport Association (BOPSSA) competitions. The Kgatleng girls also dominated the individual awards with Botsogo Mpedi selected player of the tournament.

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Despite the strides made BCA in Botswana, Ramakrishna said there is still a long way to go to arrive where they want to be. He said there is need for more committed teachers and volunteers to carry the mandate of developing players at grassroots. He also called on corporate sponsors to partner with the association. Ramakrishna said cricket is a promising sport code giving the winning of the Botswana National Sport Council’s sport code of the year award for two consecutive years as an example of good things to come from cricket.