Ladies Cricket For The Kalahari International Tournament


The Botswana Women Cricket team (Herons) is set to participate in the Kalahari Women’s T20 International Tournament to be held in Gaborone at the BCA Oval from the 22nd April 2024 until the 26th April.

The four nations extravaganza organised by Botswana Cricket Association (BCA) brings together Rwanda, Mozambique, Lesotho and Botswana and will be played in a double round robin format, whereby all teams will have the opportunity to play each other twice.

The format will provide for more matches, and a platform for teams to challenge themselves during the tournament to perform better, as they play.

In an interview, Botswana Ladies Team Coach Stanley Timoni said  the team is ready to deliver its best, adding it had four weeks preparing for the tournament from last month where they had coaches from India’s Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) to do skills transfer with their team. 

According to Timoni, as part of preparations they have been conducting practice net sessions, fielding sessions and this week they hosted matches.

“Our team is made up of 14 players that include four reserves and five under- 19 players whom we want to give an opportunity to showcase their talent during the tournament, and also making them ready for the ICC World Cup Qualifiers which will be held in August in Malawi,” he said.

For his part, BCA Vice Chairman Sumod Damodar said through the tournament they intend to provide a   platform for all African nations playing cricket especially women to be more competitive. He said the tournament is a frontrunner for women’s T20 cricket in Africa.

He noted that the tournament will be an International Cricket Council (ICC) sanctioned event, whereby all matches played will be considered for the ICC Women’s T20i rankings. Damodar said that the BCA is also ready to host the event and is hopeful that it will be a success as the association has experience and expertise in hosting international events. He stated that the association aims to grow the tournament to attract other countries across the world.


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