So close, yet so far …

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 18 April 2017   |   By Staff Writer
Ramakrishna Ramakrishna

The Botswana national cricket team has missed a chance to book a place into the ICC World Cricket League Division 5. This follows the team’s failure to finish first at the ICC World Cricket League qualifiers which have been taking place in South Africa. Though Botswana had won three of the four games played, it came short of qualifying as Ghana proved more determined than them. Botswana Cricket Association (BCA) CEO Girish Ramakrishna said even though the team played well they could have done better. Ramakrishna said the team had chances but did not use them. He said the team’s batting was not at the expected level, hence failing to get more runs. He, however, pointed out that bowling was on point which saw them winning some of the games. Botswana beat Zambia, Tanzania and Sierra Leone and lost to the ultimate qualifying team Ghana. By Thursday afternoon Botswana was left with playing Nigeria in a match that will not change the top position as Ghana has already qualified. If Botswana wins the last game, they will finish second behind Ghana after it won all the games it has played. Ramakrishna said qualifying for the the ICC World Cricket League would have been a great opportunity for the local team to continue measuring its strength. He said competition in the league is high as the opponents are tough. “This would have provided our guys with the opportunity to come face to face with tough competition and learn a thing or two form tougher opponents,” he said.