October 20, 2008


Botswana's ever-expanding interest

Will Luke

Cricket in Botswana continues to grow at an impressive rate, and the sport will be introduced to the people of Maun - the country's fifth largest town, with 30,000 people - next week.

The drastic improvement and progression of the Botswana Cricket Association (BCA)’s developmental programme has now captured the interest of important sports and societal figures, such as the vice chairperson of the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC), Dr Nomsa Mbere, who braced the event to support the BCA’s efforts and award the winners their prizes.

“I am quite impressed by the efforts of these personnel from the BCA, for its evident that they are determined to bring Botswana together through cricket. I am sure they have even used their personal finances for the teams to have gotten this far. The teachers should also be up for mention because of their spirit of volunteerism,” said Mbere.

Girish Ramakrishna, treasure for the BCA told the Sunday Standard that they will be introducing cricket to Maun residents as of next week.

“Interest level in cricket in Botswana has grown tremendously and so has the performance of the young cricketers as we have witnessed today,” said Ramakrishna.


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Posted by R Girish on (October 23, 2008, 15:02 GMT)

Hi Max, Luke, Rohan, Salil and Jayaram The BCA executive committee members join me in thanking each one of you for your wonderful response. Keep well, support Botswana and welcome to Gaborone guys.....

Posted by Rich Burley on (October 21, 2008, 17:07 GMT)

Good times for cricket in Botswana. If they keep on improving they might set their sights on a place in South Africa's domestic franchise competition - in the same competition that Namibia are in at the moment.

Posted by Jayaram on (October 21, 2008, 7:21 GMT)

Best wishes to BCA, Gireesh and team for thier effort to spread the cricket to all parts of Botswana

Posted by salil on (October 21, 2008, 6:12 GMT)

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Posted by Rohan Hassen (UK) on (October 21, 2008, 1:49 GMT)

Well Done BCA! This would never have been possible if it wasn't for the tireless efforts, commitment and dedication put in by the current BCA governing personnel, the likes of Giresh, Faz (Fazal)Bhamjee,Mr Bean,etc.. I have very fond memories of playing cricket at Gabs cricket club for Pioneers with my brother Raj..How I'd love to do it again... You guys at BCA have come a long way.. very well done boys! Keep up the good work and all the best.

Hi Max, how are you doing..?

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Posted by luke on (October 20, 2008, 19:43 GMT)

despite it being many, many years since i last visited Maun it remains the favourite of the places i have been to. i couldn't imagine anything improving it and yet here we go - cricket! well done to those doing the business.

Posted by Max Gunasekera on (October 20, 2008, 15:54 GMT)

As a former resident of Botswana, I can only endorse & commend the efforts of the BCA. Go, Giresh, Fazal & the rest at BCA!

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Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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