Botswana Cricket Association (BCA) will from Monday host an Under 13 tournament at Ramotswa in which eight schools will be participating. The tournament, which is a 20 over contest, will feature both boys and girls at Ketshwerebothata Primary School. Other participating schools are Mojadife Primary School, Magopane, Seboko, Baratani, St Barnard, Otse and St Conrad primary schools. The nine-day tournament will run from Monday to September 23rd.
The tournament has been divided into two categories, with four schools in each pool. BCA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Girish Ramakrishna said the tournament will not be the first in Ramotswa. He is happy that this time around many schools will be taking part.
“There are a total of 14 schools in and around Ramotswa. Next year we want to surpass this to see almost all schools taking part in this tournament,” Ramakrishna said. He said this is a way of ensuring that they expose the kids to more domestic leagues which are very competitive and also to give the youngsters a chance to enjoy the sport. He said that Ramotswa is one of the places that have proven to have a lot of young players with talent and passion for the sport. The CEO revealed that it is from these tournaments that the two top teams will be chosen to go and compete in the regional competitions. Not only will they take teams that perform well, but also students who stand out in other teams that will not be performing exceptionally well will be taken note off in order to be groomed further.
Ramakrishna said they have also partnered with Sport Volunteers Movement (SVM), which is a Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) affiliate that ensures that volunteerism is encouraged in sport and assist in very different codes. He said that at the moment the volunteers are in Molepolole in order to engage and sensitise the community about the sport and they will thereafter after go to Masunga and Serowe. He said that it is with these activities that they want the local community to rally behind the sport that is still new to many Batswana. He said they want to make sure that cricket’s presence is felt in Botswana and that Batswana end up enjoying it as much as they enjoy football.
“All stakeholders involved should come forward and support; business and families should come forth and give the children support,” he said. Ramakrishna said it is their aim to make the sport a social fabric that everyone will feel attached to. It was introduced in the school curriculum only in 2007 and it is now in 225 schools.