January 20, 2011

Rwanda

Cricket continues to develop in Rwanda

Liam Brickhill

The Rwanda Cricket Association (RCA) marked the 10-year anniversary of its inception with a gala dinner to raise funds for a new cricket ground. At the event, the Minister of Sport pledged that the government would support the endeavour to create a ground that could attract international matches to the country.

“We are all very proud of this accomplishment and we are grateful to our supporters who helped us get here,” said RCA president Charles Haba. “A decade after its founding, the Rwanda Cricket Association now boasts of over 1000 registered cricket players and 11 competitive clubs.”

He added that the progress of the development program has been very encouraging and pointed out that there are more than 15 secondary schools playing cricket, more tournaments being arranged and a tremendous improvement in the quality of cricket being played.

Rwanda’s main cricket ground at Kicukiro is undergoing a major facelift and Haba also strongly hinted that RCA was looking to expand its programmes.

“We intend to put up one new ground every year for the next two years. 2011 is going to be very busy with the introduction of an improved and more competitive senior women’s league and an annual tourney for the four universities that will spice up the already action-packed calendar.”

RCA was approved by the Ministry of Sport in December 2000 and Rwanda became an Affiliate member of the ICC in June 2003.

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Posted by Chris Frean on (April 10, 2011, 7:54 GMT)

much as I applaud Charles and the chaps I think DFID's budget support played more of a role in achieving commonwealth status...

Posted by Abhishek on (January 23, 2011, 15:01 GMT)

I hope Cricket will be the next big thing in formerly conflict ridden nation.Their plans of preparing a cricket ground every yr seems they have long term goals, which shd be lauded.Also it was adoption of cricket in schools that got Rwanda into Commonwealth,so Rwanda should develop cricket and could soon give Uganda and Tanzani a run for their money

Posted by colin macbeth on (January 21, 2011, 8:40 GMT)

This is such great news, and we must hope Charles Haba is aware how well the Rwandan U-19s girls did under Adam Arnold in last month’s regional championship in Dar es Salaam. After travelling 56 hours by road to get there, they were magnificent, losing by only one run to Tanzania after being walloped by Uganda; then winning not once, but twice, against Kenya and winning everyone’s hearts in the process.

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