Botswana Cricket Association nominated for national award

Isaac Lockett reports on the Botswana Cricket Association being nominated for a national award.

Botswana celebrate a wicket

The Botswana Cricket Association has been nominated for the National Sport Association of the Year. This year sees the 40th edition of the Botswana Sports Awards, which has recently changed its name from the Botswana National Sports Commission Awards. The awards are set to be held on the 21st Number 2020 and Marumo Morule, Botswana National Sports Commission chairperson, stated that the belives the body will be able to deliver a successful event according to Botswana Daily News

Due to the continued effects of the ongoing global pandemic, Morule stated that the event will be ‘the first of its kind’ with live and virtual aspects of the event to adhere to restrictions in place in the Southern African country. 

The Botswanan Women team in 2019

The Botswana Cricket Association will be competing against the Botswana Chess Federation and the Botswana Boxing Association for the award and it will be a fantastic momentum generator for the nation’s cricketing body. The award could help the cricketing body gain sponsorship from countries within the country and would provide evidence to stakeholders that the Association is developing and heading in the right direction.

Recently, the Botswana Cricket Association has been reported to have submitted its interest in hosting two tournaments in 2021. As reported in The Monitor, the BCA will bid to host both the U19 Cricket World Cup Africa Qualifiers which are expected to be held in October and the ICC Women’s Qualifier Africa, due to run in December. Botswana has previously hosted two ICC divisional tournaments within the last decade. 

When talking about balancing the pandemic with handling events, Sumod Damodar, the Botswana Cricket Association fixtures and publicity secretary said ‘We are considering having some event, but well within the COVID-19 protocols. We have to be constantly wary of the daily situation and the recent spike. We are looking at the possibility but we are extra cautious of how we proceed. We have to make every effort to ensure we play our part and everything is done within the national protocols’.

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