To further grow the game of cricket in the country, Botswana Cricket Association (BCA) continues to push its developmental strategy. The association held two coaching courses in February as a way of imparting cricket knowledge to teachers. The aim is to get the teachers accustomed to cricket and then coach players from primary and secondary schools. This follows BCA’s decision to roll out the game of cricket out to schools as a way of getting the players to play from a young age. The association held teacher coaching courses in Gaborone and Lobatse respectively. Six teachers attended the course in Gaborone while 20 took part in the Lobatse course last week. BCA Chief Executive Officer Girish Ramakrishna said the two courses have gone very well and they believe they are making strides towards improving cricket in the country. Ramakrishna said the main aim is to take cricket to the people around the nation. These courses follow numerous others that have been held around the country in 2017. The BCA CEO said they believe that involving teachers is a wise move. “We believe that imparting this knowledge on the teachers will help us since the teachers will then become coaches to the students. This way we will be able to reach more people and a lot of them will get to know cricket from a young age,” said Ramakrishna. He said all they are pushing for is a strong grassroots development. He said with strong grassroots development the association will be able to develop strong players from a young age which will result in bigger pool of players. “Strong foundations are very important to our mission,” he said. The main focus for this programme is mainly to reach out to players from the age of 13 from primary schools and up to senior schools. Over the years cricket has seen tremendous growth in the country both in the field of play and administratively. Having started as a little known sporting code, cricket is now well known in Botswana with most Batswana participating in it. Ramakrishna said they want to see this growth continuing so that the national teams can do well in the region.