Botswana Cricket Association will host a four nations girls 11 aside tournament in Gaborone this Friday at BCA oval.

The participating countries are Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique and the host country Botswana. The three day tournament attracted about sixty under 17 players.

Botswana team’s first game is against Mozambique.

BCA Chief Executive Officer Girish Ramakrishna said this tournament is a curtain raiser for the African Championships which will be held in December this year.

He said the team had been in camp for a week and he believes they are prepared for the competition.

“We are in the national team building process. Most of the players who are taking part in these games are new because some of our players are preparing for their standard seven examinations. We have one promising player Goabilwe Matome from Francistown and the rest are from Gaborone and surrounding areas,” said Ramakrishna.

He said developing needs time and requires passion.

Ramakrishna said the Botswana National Sports Council Re Ba Bona Ha development programme which was introduced last year is helping to unearth talent and hopefully in future they will be spoilt for choice.

However Ramakrishna is concerned about the slow introduction of cricket in junior schools.

“We develop players at primary level and their talent is wasted when they go to secondary schools. This is a serious concern as it is making it difficult to develop this sport to senior level. BCA is currently in talks with BISA to find ways of introducing the sport at junior schools,” he said.

Ramakrishna commended the mother body BNSC for their support during national teams’ preparations for competitions.

He said currently under 17 boys team is participating in an open tournament at Pretoria.

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