BANK of Kigali (BK) and Akagera Business Group have boosted the national T20 cricket team with Rwf1.4m ahead of next week’s ICC Africa T20 Division 2 tournament in South Africa.
The team is now short of Rwf3.6m.“There support has come in handy. We also expect the National Olympic Committee and the Ministry of Sports to chip in something,” the president of Rwanda Cricket Association (RCA) Charles Haba said.
The Rwf3.6m is meant to cater for the national team coach’s expenses and fees, the tournament’s participation fees, player allowances and processing travel documents.
The four-day tournament, which starts May 14, is one of several regional qualifying events for next year’s Twenty20 World Cup that will be hosted by Sri Lanka.
Group A pits favourites Tanzania against Botswana, Zambia, Swaziland and Mozambique while
Rwanda is drawn in Group B alongside Malawi, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Nigeria.
The winner in South Africa qualifies for the ICC Africa Twenty20 Premier League scheduled for July in Kenya. Some of the other teams in the fray include Uganda, Namibia and Kenya.