Botswana Cricket Association

About BCA

Botswana Cricket Association (BCA) is the official governing body of the sport of cricket in Botswana. Its current headquarters is in Gaborone, Botswana. It is affiliated with Botswana National Sports Council  (BNSC) and the Botswana National Olympic committee (BNOC). Botswana Cricket Association is Botswana’s representative at the International Cricket Council and has been an associate member of that body since 2005. It is also a member of the African Cricket Association.

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.

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 1990’s, it was played almost exclusively by expatriates and their offspring’s.

The BCA is a founder member of the Zone VI Cricket Association, which has since become the core of the Africa Cricket Association. In 2002 we achieved affiliate Membership of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and associate status in 2005.

Cricket was started in the country by expatriates from South Africa and theIndian subcontinent. Botswana was elected to the ICC as an affiliate member in 2001, and played in the Africa Cup in Zambia the following year. After winning all their first round matches against NamibiaTanzaniaZambia andZimbabwe, they beat Kenya in the semi-final before losing by 270 runs toSouth Africa in the final.

In March 2004, they won the African affiliates qualifying tournament for the2005 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. They were rewarded for their performance in this tournament by being promoted to associate membership of the ICC in 2005.

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

Botswana is in Division Seven of the World Cricket League and are ranked at joint 40th in the world by the ICC, the 4th highest ranked non-test team in the African region.

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