Botswana Cricket Association

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Botswana Cricketing History

 

The earliest cricketing history which can be substantiated relates to a paragraph contained in the publication “The White Tide” by David Sinclair, Modern Press, Gweru 2000 wherein it is recorded that a cricket match was played in the late 1870’s in a village named Shoshong between “Home-Born” and the “Colonials”. The village of Shoshong is still in existence.

Other cricketing history which can be substantiated relates to correspondence from the District Commissioner in the then Gaberones, Beachuanaland to the Government Secretary based in Mafeking, South Africa for the allocation of a piece of land for the construction of a cricket field in May 1947 and the extracts from a book titled “Sheila Bagnall’s Letters from Botswana 1966 – 1974” by Sheila Bagnall pertaining to a cricket match played in Serowe, on Friday 14th July “Bastille Day” 1967.

The game was started in the main by expatriates from Britain, South Africa, India, Pakistan and Sri-Lanka who were on various assignments in the country soon after independence in September 1966. The game was initially played in the two main centres viz Gaborone and Francistown. However, with the discovery of diamonds on the 1st March 1967 at Orapa; in 1969 at Letlhakane and in 1973 at Jwaneng the game was developed by the new mining towns which were developed in Orapa and Jwaneng. The discovery of Copper and Nickel at Selebi-Phikwe in the early 1970’s brought about the new town of Selebi-Phikwe in 1973 when the mining operations commenced and here too the game has been played for quite some time. The Botswana Cricket Association was founded on the 8th February 1983.

The Botswana Cricket Association (BCA) and the Namibia Cricket Board were the founder members of the Zone VI Cricket Confederation which came about by two senior schoolboy cricket tours in 1989 and 1990. The inaugural meeting was held in September 1991 in Namibia during the Zone VI Tournament. In August 1997, the transformation of Zone VI to Africa Cricket Association took place in Zimbabwe during that years tournament.

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