TRIUMPHANT: Men’s senior team

Wins Division 2 tourney and promoted to Division 1

The Botswana senior men cricket team has been promoted to Division 1 after emerging victorious in the ICC-ACA T20 Division 2 tournament which was held in Benoni, South Africa. The local side, which had the youngest players at a tournament that comprised of Tanzania, Zambia, Ghana, Seychelles, Mozambique, Swaziland and Sierra Leone won six of their seven matches

Speaking at a welcome ceremony at the Cricket Oval, Botswana Cricket Association Ibrahim Bhamjee said with the fighting spirit the showed during the four day tournament he was confident that they could qualify for World Cup 2014.

Bhamjee said being promoted to a higher division means that they will require more assistance from the Sports Council and more sacrifice form national team players.

Team captain Karabo Modise was credited for most of the team’s victories, putting on man of the match performances in four games and ultimately being voted player of the tournament.

His coach Arjun Menon said his captain’s influence on the team was critical to the flawless display they showed in their record breaking victory.

“The strength of the team centers around him, he is always calm in any situation,” said Menon.

Botswana National Council’s Sports Development Manager Bobby Gaseitsiwe said what BCA has been doing concerning their development programme is finally bearing fruit.

BCA, with the spirited drive by the current Chief Executive Officer Girish Ramakrishna ran one of the most successful development programmes in the country. The sport, which alien to most in the country was introduced in many government schools and in some of the remotest areas in the country.

“BCA has recently launched the Re Ba Bona Ha programme in Francistown and have done so in other remote areas which is a good move as we do not want cricket to be confined to cities,” said Gaseitsiwe.

Meanwhile coach Menon’s contract expires this November and  the BCA Chairman has said negotiations for an extension will be held this week.

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