There is an unsubstantiated report that cricket was played in Botswana as early as 1870! It is known that games were played in the communities around the various railway stations between Mafikeng and Bulawayo in the first half of the 20th century. Up until the 1990s, it was played almost exclusively by expatriates and their offspring.
The Botswana Cricket Association (BCA) was first convened in 1979, with a view to expanding the game so that a national league could be set up, and from that a national team selected to represent Botswana against neighbouring countries.
The BCA is a founder of the Zone VI Cricket Association, which has since become the core of the Africa Cricket Association.
In 2002 BCA achieved Affiliate Membership of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Other achievements include the following:
• The national side (including 5 Batswana players) reached the final of the biennial ACA tournament in 2002,
• An Umpires Association has been formed.
To ensure that cricket is spread to all people of Botswana, with a particular emphasis on grassroots levels.
Our main objective in this regard is to popularize the game amongst children by ensuring that all schools, government and private, have facilities and personnel to be able to play the game on a regular basis, and as part of nationally integrated system.
Bringing Cricket to the Nation
Ebrahim A. Bhamjee
Ahmed Fazal Sheriff
Madhu Menon (LCC)
Praful Jog (NCC)
Acting CEO - Sec Gen