Botswana September 26, 2007

Botswana schoolchildren hungry for cricket

The number of participants in Botswana's youth development programme has swelled dramatically from 300 children to almost 1300 in under six months, and shows no signs of abating.

The number of participants in Botswana's youth development programme has swelled dramatically from 300 children to almost 1300 in under six months, and shows no signs of abating.

Seven more schools have joined the initiative which has been sponsored by the ICC and the African Cricket Council (ACC) to promote the game to a wider, younger audience. Such is the enthusiasm that a league has been set-up for government primary schools.

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Will Luke is assistant editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ahmad on January 1, 2008, 9:03 GMT

    I hear there is a great all rounder by the name of "Bozo" who is only 9 or 10 and I hear great things about this lad - good bowler, excellent batsman and I wish the lad well - the future lies here. He needs to be guided and I guess his Pa will do that excellently for him as Pa is an Administrator of the game in Botswana. Pa has won an ICC award I hear as being the best volunteer in Africa couple of years ago. So good luck to "Bozo" and the lads in Botswana.

  • farhan on September 28, 2007, 18:45 GMT

    well great news for BOTSWANA cricket, I think we can see the results of UNDER 19 CRICKET QUALIFIER,where BOTSWANA performed amazingly.Thier cricket is going in right way. I would love to see them performing well in icc cricket leaugue division 5 tournament.

  • Ritz23 on September 27, 2007, 4:14 GMT

    My name is Ritesh Gupta. I used to play cricket in Botswana from John Mackenzie High School in Francistown. I am very happy to hear about this development. I hope it grows even more to the extent that one day Botswana is able to participate in the ICC World Cup. I wonder if they would allow the schools in Francistown such as John Mackenzie or Clifton to join.

  • lasse Manson on September 26, 2007, 13:40 GMT

    I'm happy to hear that botswana is embracing cricket, its always nice to hear stories of success in an otherwise bleak outlook. I would really like to see this blog become more active, expecially with people from test-playing nations. This will surely bolster the appeal of cricket in general.

  • Ahmad on January 1, 2008, 9:03 GMT

    I hear there is a great all rounder by the name of "Bozo" who is only 9 or 10 and I hear great things about this lad - good bowler, excellent batsman and I wish the lad well - the future lies here. He needs to be guided and I guess his Pa will do that excellently for him as Pa is an Administrator of the game in Botswana. Pa has won an ICC award I hear as being the best volunteer in Africa couple of years ago. So good luck to "Bozo" and the lads in Botswana.

  • farhan on September 28, 2007, 18:45 GMT

    well great news for BOTSWANA cricket, I think we can see the results of UNDER 19 CRICKET QUALIFIER,where BOTSWANA performed amazingly.Thier cricket is going in right way. I would love to see them performing well in icc cricket leaugue division 5 tournament.

  • Ritz23 on September 27, 2007, 4:14 GMT

    My name is Ritesh Gupta. I used to play cricket in Botswana from John Mackenzie High School in Francistown. I am very happy to hear about this development. I hope it grows even more to the extent that one day Botswana is able to participate in the ICC World Cup. I wonder if they would allow the schools in Francistown such as John Mackenzie or Clifton to join.

  • lasse Manson on September 26, 2007, 13:40 GMT

    I'm happy to hear that botswana is embracing cricket, its always nice to hear stories of success in an otherwise bleak outlook. I would really like to see this blog become more active, expecially with people from test-playing nations. This will surely bolster the appeal of cricket in general.

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  • lasse Manson on September 26, 2007, 13:40 GMT

    I'm happy to hear that botswana is embracing cricket, its always nice to hear stories of success in an otherwise bleak outlook. I would really like to see this blog become more active, expecially with people from test-playing nations. This will surely bolster the appeal of cricket in general.

  • Ritz23 on September 27, 2007, 4:14 GMT

    My name is Ritesh Gupta. I used to play cricket in Botswana from John Mackenzie High School in Francistown. I am very happy to hear about this development. I hope it grows even more to the extent that one day Botswana is able to participate in the ICC World Cup. I wonder if they would allow the schools in Francistown such as John Mackenzie or Clifton to join.

  • farhan on September 28, 2007, 18:45 GMT

    well great news for BOTSWANA cricket, I think we can see the results of UNDER 19 CRICKET QUALIFIER,where BOTSWANA performed amazingly.Thier cricket is going in right way. I would love to see them performing well in icc cricket leaugue division 5 tournament.

  • Ahmad on January 1, 2008, 9:03 GMT

    I hear there is a great all rounder by the name of "Bozo" who is only 9 or 10 and I hear great things about this lad - good bowler, excellent batsman and I wish the lad well - the future lies here. He needs to be guided and I guess his Pa will do that excellently for him as Pa is an Administrator of the game in Botswana. Pa has won an ICC award I hear as being the best volunteer in Africa couple of years ago. So good luck to "Bozo" and the lads in Botswana.