Botswana’s forays into the top levels of cricket administration at world level scored a big achievement after Botswana Cricket Association’s (BCA) Fixtures and Publicity Secretary Sumod Damodar was elected into the International Cricket Council’s Chief Executives Committee (CEC). Damodar was elected to the position at the ICC annual Conference held in London recently. Damodar was one of the six people who were contesting for the three positions in CEC. It was the first time ever that Botswana contested for the position in the ICC structures. Damodar’s election into the CEC has been applauded by the BCA leadership, saying it is a great milestone not only for the association but the rest of Africa. BCA CEO Girish Ramakrishna said this proves that the association is doing something well that even the world is starting to recognise. “This is a great milestone for Botswana. With the changes that are coming at ICC, it was important that someone from Africa was in that committee,” said Ramakrishna. He further said this is going to benefit BCA a lot since they will have direct interaction with someone within CEC. According to Ramakrishna, in the past it was difficult to get hold of information regarding issues since there was no such interaction.
Ramakrishna said in the CEC Damodar will be not only representing Botswana but the rest of Africa. He said his election will now give Botswana a greater voice in cricket matters. “He will be sitting at the high committee where a lot of decisions are made and this will be an advantage for Botswana cricket as he understands the need and challenges of the association. This enhances a stronger presence at the global level for Botswana, Africa and for all developing cricketing nations,” said Ramakrishna. The other two candidates who sit in the committee are Neil Speight from Bermuda and Netherlands’ Betty Timmer. The CEC is a link between the Development Committee and Cricket Committee as well as the ICC Board. Members’ term of office is two years. It looks like BCA leadership is continuing to do well in the international cricket arena. Recently Ramakrishna was also elected as the Development Director of the Africa Cricket Association (ACA) during their AGM at the end of April. The association has been doing well locally having been chosen the Botswana National Sport Commission’s Sport Code of the Year a number of times. The administrators have not gone unnoticed as they received the chairman’s award for their excellent work in sport development locally.