Botswana national cricket team

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Botswana
Botswana
Botswana
ICC membership granted 2001
ICC member status Associate Member
ICC development region Africa
World Cricket League division Seven
Captain Harry Flemming
Coach Arjun Menon
First recorded match 2 September 2002 v Zambia at Lusaka, Zambia
As of 8 August

The Botswana national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Botswana in international cricket matches. They have been an associate member of the International Cricket Council since 2005, after previously being an affiliate member since 2001.[1] They are in Division Five of the World Cricket League[2] and are ranked at joint 29th in the world by the ICC, the 5th highest ranked non-test team in the African region.[3]

History[edit]

Cricket was started in the country by expatriates from South Africa and the Indian subcontinent.[4] Botswana was elected to the ICC as an affiliate member in 2001,[1] and played in the Africa Cup in Zambia the following year. After winning all their first round matches against Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, they beat Kenya in the semi-final before losing by 270 runs to South Africa in the final.[5]

In March 2004, they won the African affiliates qualifying tournament for the 2005 ICC Trophy, qualifying them for the next stage of qualification, the Africa Cricket Association Championships. They beat Nigeria and Tanzania in that tournament in Zambia in August, finishing fourth, thus missing out on qualification for their first ICC Trophy.[6] They were rewarded for their performance in this tournament by being promoted to associate membership of the ICC in 2005.[1]

In 2006, they took part in Division Two of the African region of the World Cricket League, finishing second behind Tanzania.[7] This qualified them for Division Five of the World Cricket League.[2]

In May 2008, Botswana travelled to Jersey to take part in the Division Five tournament. Although Botswana beat the Bahamas in Group B, it was their only group stage win and with three loses and one match abandoned due to rain they failed to make the semi-finals. Botswana finished sixth overall after defeating Germany but losing to Singapore in positional playoff matches. With only the top two from this tournament qualifying for Division Four in Tanzania later in the year, Botswana missed out on the chance to take their 2011 World Cup dream any further.[8]

In October 2008, Botswana took part in Division Two of the African region of the World Cricket League, finishing unbeaten and winning the tournament. This victory promoted them to Division One of the Africa Region, however the date and venue for this tournament is still to be determined.[9]

In August 2009, Botswana travelled to Singapore to participate in Division Six of the World Cricket League. Despite being competitive in most of their games, Botswana won only one of five group matches and finished fifth after beating Norway in a positional playoff.[10]

In May 2011, Botswana hosted the ICC World Cricket League Division Seven with a young squad and performed admirably well, winning three league stage matches against Norway, Japan and Germany but losing out to eventual champions Kuwait, 2nd placed Nigeria and finally Germany in the placing match. The match versus Nigeria in the league stages was to decide which of the 2 nations would progress to the ICC World Cricket League Division Six to be held in Malaysia in September 2011 and by losing that match, Botswana failed to progress and will remain in Division Seven till the next instalment of the ICC WCL.

In April 2013, Botswana were given hosting rights again for the ICC World Cricket League Division 7 in their second attempt in trying to get promoted out of Division 7 after halting the relegation slide in the last edition. Beating Ghana in the first match, Botswana lost their second match in a competitive encounter against Vanuatu by 23 runs. Botswana then lost third next match heavily to eventual WCL Div 7 winners and arch rivals Nigeria. Botswana tried in vain to get back into contention for promotion but after a tied match against Germany, all hopes were dashed and the best they could hope for was a 3rd place finish. This was achieved by beating Fiji in the last group match and then beating them again in the 3rd place playoff earning Botswana a respectable 3rd place, finishing behind Vanuatu and Nigeria who were both promoted to Division 6 of the WCL. With ICC's decision to eliminate the ICC World Cricket League Divisions 7 and 8, this meant that Botswana will now have to qualify through regional tournaments to make it into the ICC World Cricket League Division 6, which will now be the entry point for the World Cricket League.

Tournament history[edit]

World Cricket League Africa Region[edit]

  • 2006: Division Two Runners-up[11]
  • 2008: Division Two Winners[9]

World Cricket League[edit]

[7]

Squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The 17 players in Botswana's squad for ICC Africa Division 1 T20 WCQ which was held in Kampala, Uganda in Feb 2013 and the WCL Division 7 2013 hosted in Gaborone, Botswana in April 2013 are listed below:-

Arjun Menon (Coach)

Ahmed Fazal Sheriff (Manager) Sanjay Bhargava (Asst.Manager)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Botswana at Cricket Archive
  2. ^ a b Jersey to host World Cricket League Division Five, ICC Media Release
  3. ^ ICC's one-day rankings
  4. ^ History of cricket in Botswana
  5. ^ 2002 Africa Cup at CricketEurope
  6. ^ 2005 ICC Trophy African qualifying at the tournament's official website
  7. ^ 2006 WCL Africa Region Division Two at CricketEurope
  8. ^ [1], Cricinfo, Accessed 2 September 2009
  9. ^ a b [2], Cricinfo, Accessed 1 November 2008
  10. ^ [3], Cricinfo, Accessed 18 September 2009
  11. ^ [4], Cricket Archive, Accessed 1 November 2008
  12. ^ [5], Cricinfo, Accessed 18 September 2009
  13. ^ [6], Cricinfo, Accessed 18 September 2009