Botswana Cricket Association (BCA) has received accolades from the ICC–Africa Regional Development Manager Patricia Kambarami for its impressive grassroot development drive. Kambarami, who was in the country for two days to conduct preliminary inspections for the ICC Africa Southern Region Men’s T20 Qualifiers tournament to be hosted in Botswana, said she is impressed by the facilities the association has. Kambarami said is happy with BCA’s facilities and believes with what she has seen while in Botswana, the tournament will be a great success. According to Kambarami, Botswana is not far off from countries which are cricket power houses like South Africa. She said the pitch is in a very good state for the game. “Even the accommodation here is good and I believe the tournament will be a success,” said Kambarami. She congratulated Botswana for being chosen to host ICC Africa Southern Region Men’s T20 Qualifiers; acclaiming the government of Botswana for the support it is giving BCA. While in the country she had the opportunity to meet officials of the Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC), Botswana National Olympics Committee (BNOC) as well as International Working Group on Women and Sport.
Kambarami applauded BCA for cricket development, particularly in schools. She said she is happy to see young players brought on board at a young age, saying this is a good move to help increase the number of cricket players as well as equip them with skills at a young age. BCA has been driving for a strong grassroots development for some years now and the exercise has been paying off. The sporting code has seen tremendous growth as BCA continues its aim of taking cricket to the people. Though it will be the first time for Botswana to host the ICC Africa Southern Region Men’s T20 Qualifiers, this does not bother the BCA. The association’s spokesperson Sumod Damodar said they are very happy to have been given the opportunity to host this tournament. “We are confident that we will host a successful tournament. We have hosted others before and we did a good job,” said Damodar. He said successful hosting of this tournament will open more doors for Botswana to take on even bigger tournaments. The tournament will run from 27 October – 3rd November 2018 at the BCA Oval. The tournament will see eight countries, including hosts battling it out to qualify for the Men’s Africa T-20 Championships.