The Botswana Cricket Association (BCA) continues its drive to take the game to the people; this time by hosting the ICC Crickets Administrator Programme for teachers and sport volunteers. The two-day programme, which attracted 17 participants, was held from the 29-30 November 2016 at the BCA oval. BCA Chief executive officer Girish Ramakrishna said the Crickets Administrator Programme provides a learning opportunity for all cricket administrators to enhance their knowledge in administration issues. Ramakrishna said this will help in improving the on-filed performance and general administration of the game. Cricket is the reigning Sport Code of the Year. Ramakrishna has in the past attributed this to good administrative measures that are in place at the association. Now the BCA leadership is looking to pass down these traits to others within the association’s structures for continued good administration and performance of clubs.
Ramakrishna said the course sought to address the challenges that coaches and cricket administrators face in their day to day cricket activities. Some of the modules that were taught include financial administration, governance, community cricket and marketing and Public Relations. Ramakrishna said the programme will go a long way in helping to establish well run structures at the club and national level. “We are trying to bring value addition to the teachers and sport volunteers so that they can help in the development of the game locally,” he added. During the course that was conducted by BCA coach Clement Chipanga the participants had an opportunity to interact with the coach and each other sharing experiences from their respective areas. BCA CEO is happy with the way the programme went, saying the participants learnt a lot. He encouraged the participants to put into practice the skills they have acquired from the course to help improve the administration of cricket in the country.
Ramakrishna said such courses are important to be run as they do not only benefit the recipients only. He said the course work that was taught can also be useful to the participants even at personal level. “This course is not all about the game of cricket but also live in general. This also helps entrants grow even their knowledge which they can use at their work place,” he said. Cricket is one of the fast growing sporting codes in the country and as such Ramakrishna feels people should be taught all aspects of the game for it to continue growing. The course, therefore, works in line with the association’s tag line of ‘Bringing Cricket to the people’. Ramakrishna said it is their desire to see the game of cricket played at all corners of Botswana.