Dar play Botswana in ICC qualifiers

12Sep 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Dar play Botswana in ICC qualifiers

TANZANIA’s U-19 cricketers meet Botswana in the ongoing ICC (International Cricket Council) Africa Division 2 World Cup qualifiers in Johannesburg today.

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Top two teams in the seven-team tournament will be promoted to the ICC Africa Division 1 of the qualifiers slated to be played next year.

The two teams that will be promoted to the Division 1 will have opportunity for direct qualification for the 2018 ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup.

Two highest top-placed teams on the standings table at the end of the round robin stage will progress to the next stage of the continental qualifiers.

Botswana U19 team is coached by Kenyan Joseph Angara, who had led Kenya’s U-19 cricket team in a series of international friendlies against Tanzania in the past.

Botswana will therefore be seeking to make full use of Angara’s knowledge of the Tanzania’s U-19 cricket squad in a bid to get the better of the latter.

The previous edition of the ICC Africa U19 Division 1 of the qualifiers took place in Dar es Salaam in, which Namibia emerged as champions, followed by Uganda in the second position.

Players making the Tanzania’s U19 team in the South Africa tournament include Aahil Jessani, Aryan Premji, Arslaan Premji, Mbaraka Uweza, Rijali Fentu, Mohamed Omari and Wilbert Mollel.

Others players in the squad are Hussein Seffudin, Dhrumit Mehta, Kheel Suchak, Yash Bipin, Ivan Ismail, Dheyey Prakash and skipper, Salman Nasser.

The players were picked from this year’s regional U19 tournament played in Dar es Salaam early last month.

The team went for intensive training sessions under head coach Khalil Rhemtulla, at the Muhimbili Cricket Academy for over one month.

Tomorrow has been scheduled as a rest day for all of the teams that are taking part in the tournament and the following day will see Tanzania face Rwanda at the Sahara Willowmoore Park.

In the day’s other games, Zambia will play Ghana at the Sahara Willowmoore Park’s ground A and Botswana confront Nigeria at the venue’s ground B.

The Tanzanian youngsters will wind up their campaign by taking on Zambia on Saturday. Other matches scheduled for the same day will see Rwanda face Ghana and Botswana play Sierra Leone.

The South Africa tournament, moreover, will offer Tanzania’s U-19 cricketers opportunity to impress the team’s technical bench and ultimately earn a place in the senior national cricket team.