With Botswana Games starting this morning (Sunday) in Francistown there is an outcry from Botswana Cricket Association (BCA) to have cricket included in the games. BCA Chief Executive Officer, Girish Ramakrishna, has called on the Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) to include cricket in the games.
Ramakrishna made the plea during BNSC’s Special General Meeting on Thursday. He said he has already written a letter to the BNSC on the matter and is awaiting response. When reacting to the plea BNSC chairperson Solly Reikeletseng said the decision is all up to the affiliates to decide on.
However, this publication has established that for a sport code to be included in the Botswana Games it has to have presence in all the 16 districts taking part. This did not bother Ramakrishna who said cricket is played in almost all districts. He said they are targeting to be part of the next Botswana Games in 2017.
The cricket boss said he is currently working on compiling a report for submission to the BNSC for consideration. “We want to be part of the following games and I will do all that is necessary to have us as part of these games,” explained Ramakrishna. This could be helped by BCA’s affiliation to Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) and Botswana Tertiary Students Sports Association (BOTESSA). The two are present in all the districts.
Cricket is one of the fast growing sporting codes in the country and Ramakrishna believes more people need to come to cricket. According to him, being part of Botswana Games will provide a great avenue for them. He said this will take the game to the rest of Batswana. “The more cricket is played in domestic places, the more it gives room for more people to know about it and cultivate interest in the sport,” he said.
Botswana Games were opened officially on Saturday night and will end on December 16, 2015.