The chief executive officer of Botswana Cricket Association (BCA), Girish Ramakrishna says the association will soon select a group of 20 girls for its elite development programme.
He said this recently after the association held a four-day Twenty-20 (T20) tournament for under-13 girls, which was aimed at giving players from the BCA youth development programme a platform to compete against each other as well as to select the elite group of 20.
Participating teams were made from players drawn from areas where BCA youth development structures are up and running such as Mochudi, Ramotswa, Thamaga, Selebi Phikwe, Molepolole and Molapowabojang/ Mmathethe.
The competition started with a round-robin format with teams divided into two pools. Group winners and runner-ups proceeded to the knock-out stages where Molepolole thrashed Mochudi by five wickets in the final played in Gaborone on Thursday to win the tournament.
“The objective was to have all kids in the under-13 age group from different regions play in a competition model. The selection of teams was done by coaches assigned to regions as well as teachers from the regions,” Ramakrishna explained.
Ramakrishna said a lot of the young players impressed with their enthusiasm and skills. “From this tournament we are going to pick the best 20 players. Then we can start concentrating on that particular 20 and move forward. The kids who are selected will be put into high performance training. Yes there will be additions along the way, but they will be more or less the basis,” he said.
Ramakrishna explained that they plan to hold further competitions in to give children more platforms to play against each other for purposes of enhancing their skill and retaining them in cricket.
“We have trained volunteers in different places around the country to assist by coaching players in our development programme,” Ramakrishna pointed out. Botsogo Mpedi won the player of the tournament award.