WOMEN cricketers wrapped up a dominant performance last year, missing by a whisker an opportunity to qualify for the 2014 ICC Women's World Cup in Bangladesh, but their efforts did not go unnoticed.
They have been recognized. Three lady cricketers, who are the national team members, will leave tomorrow for South Africa, to be part of a special Africa Elite Ladies Academy starting from tomorrow to Wednesday next week.
The players are Esther Wallace, Sophia Hemed and Irene John. They expressed their gratitude to the Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA) and Africa Cricket Association (ACA) for providing them with such a 'unique' opportunity to upgrade their standard.
"This is once in a lifetime opportunity for us to go for a specialized training. I hope this will be a turning point in our career as young cricketers. "We are very grateful to TCA and ACA," said Sophia on behalf of her colleagues.
In South Africa, the trio will work on their batting and bowling skills, rub shoulders with other top lady cricketers from other Africa nations as well as take part in trial matches. TCA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Zully Rehemtullah said yesterday that the target is to enhance the players' standard.
He said more players from Tanzania will be going for the specialized training in South Africa, where they are well equipped in terms of training facilities. Last year, Hadija Nassib, Mwanaidi Ibrahim and Monica Pascal, who are also the national women cricket team members, attended a similar course in South Africa.
The national women cricket team narrowly missed an opportunity to qualify for the World Cup in Bangladesh, despite snatching a 9 wickets victory over Kenya in their last match at the Annadil Burhani ground in Dar es Salaam late last year.
On the final day of the ICC Africa Regional T20 Senior Women's World Cup Qualifier, the home ladies were facing a must win situation and had to pray that their closest challengers Zimbabwe slip up in the final match against Namibia at the University of Dar es Salaam grounds.
They to some extent managed to deliver with a convincing win over Kenya but could not qualify because Zimbabwe also easily cruised past hapless Namibia by 8 wickets. Tanzania finished second on the qualifying points table, on six points and with a net run rate of 0.8742, while Zimbabwe finished top on eight points and a net run rate of 0.9908.