Botswana Cricket Association (BCA) has reached another milestone. Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) has added them to its lists of sporting codes, meaning that from now on they will be taking part in the BISA competitions both locally and abroad. BCA CEO Girish Ramakrishna hailed the development, saying it will go a long way in making the sport popular. The sport is currently played in 296 primary schools with 15 392 children playing it. They recently held a workshop for teachers from junior schools in the Gaborone region to ensure continuity at junior and secondary level especially after being welcomed by BISA. “We were training teachers from six schools and that shows that we indeed have a long way to go,” he said.
During the course, the participating teachers managed to learn the basics of bowling and batting. At the end of the day they played a modified game where they were showed various ways of scoring runs and ways of dismiss. On the last day of the workshop they were taken through various ways of fielding starting with the close and high catching with fingers facing down, the cup shape method and some drills being applied. They were also taken through a session of umpiring and scoring.
At the end Ramakrishna handed over the various institutions sets of mini cricket to them to go and start the game in their various institutions. One of the teachers Keletso Boy from Motswedi Junior Secondary School said she learnt a lot and is very excited to go and teach cricket in her school. “I also hope that BCA will open their doors for us to come and learn because for us to be able to teach we need to be knowledgeable,” she said.