As it steps up efforts of to develop cricket in the country, Botswana Cricket Association (BCA) has appealed for support from all stakeholders involved sport. Speaking at the media engagement session on Wednesday BCA CEO Girish Ramakrishna said they are in a bid to code as well as improve national facilities and procure necessary equipment and gear. Ramakrishna BCA’s vision is to enable Botswana to become a test playing country, hence a need for a robust grassroots development programme. Botswana is currently in Division Seven of the World Cricket League and is ranked at joint 40th in the world by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the fourth highest ranked non-test team in the African region.
It is BCA’s wish to turn around this and make Botswana a test country, hence the plea for support from all stakeholders. BCA seeks sponsorship to help with the improvement of current facilities and assist with the procurement of sports gear for players. “We strive to take cricket to the whole nation, and we are focusing on grassroots development programmes in government primary schools nationwide,” said Ramakrishna. According to statistics from association, the BCA’s development programme has grown from 300 children to 15 302 children at the moment. This has been accredited to their partnership with Botswana Primary Schools Sports Association (BOPSSA) to include the sport in the curriculum as other physical education sports.
For three years BCA seems to have been doing a very good job that even Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) has acknowledged this. The association showed signs of a fast growing sport and was even awarded the Sport Code of the Year for three consecutive years. “We are appealing to the public for support, so as to aid the growth of the sport to realise objectives that are set to benefit over 16 000 of the country’s children,” appealed Ramakrishna. According to him, without support it becomes difficult for BCA to reach its mandate of developing players from grassroots level.