May 1, 2011

WCL Division Seven

Gearing up for WCL Division Seven

Cricinfo

By Andre Leslie

After a 14 hour flight via South Africa, our guys have now well and truly set up camp here in Gaborone, at the Gaborone Sun hotel.

Our cricket season in Germany has only just begun, so we've been thankful for the opportunity to train here for the last two days. Training facilities at the Botswana Cricket Association are great and they are just around the corner. That's a nice change from Berlin, where we have to travel to the outskirts of town to train at the city's only pitch. If and when it's open.

In our final team meeting yesterday we talked through some plans of attack. We all agreed that it's important to get off to a good start in this tournament. We won the first matches of both of our last two campaigns, in Guernsey and Kuwait, and it gave us a real kick start. Just like on those two occasions our aim here in Botswana is to finish first. That's the same for every team here, I'm sure.

There was a big thunderstorm here in Gabarone yesterday afternoon. We are hoping the weather won't affect our first match of the tournament today against Japan.

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Posted by Andre Leslie on (May 18, 2011, 9:16 GMT)

Many of our players hail from cricket playing nations like Pakistan, India or Sri Lanka. They are long term residents of Germany. We now have a few German-born players in the side - they tend to be the younger ones. Their families tend to be from the subcontinent.... this is what brings them to the sport in the first place.

In a number of regions in Germany, clubs and DCB development officers are starting programmes in schools. This is seen as the main way to introduce the sport to the locals. It will take a while before every German school kid has access to the sport at school though - but the organisers here are trying!

Posted by Nick Skinner on (May 1, 2011, 16:52 GMT)

Hi Leslie, good to hear from the quieter side of world cricket, I was just wondering what the cricket development programme in Germany is like? Because having a quick look at the team members' profiles, almost none were born in Germany. Are they mainly immigrants or people working over there?

Regards, Nick.

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