THE national Under-19 cricket team will open its campaign against Botswana in the ICC Africa U-19 girls' T20 tournament that will take place in Dar es Salaam from Saturday to Monday.
This year's tournament will attract six countries, including Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Botswana and Mozambique and hosts Tanzania. The three-day tournament is organised by the Africa Cricket Association (ACA), with the main objective of promoting women's cricket in the continent.
According to the fixtures released by the Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA), the local girls will take on Botswana in Day One from 11am to 2pm at the University of Dar es Salaam grounds.
TCA coordinator Kazim Nasser said on Tuesday that the opening match will pit defending champions Uganda and Rwanda at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club from 8am to 11pm.
Botswana will have a date against Mozambique at the UDSM grounds from 8am to 11pm, it will be followed by matches to pit Kenya and Uganda at the Dar es Salaam Gymkhana and Botswana and Tanzania at the UDSM grounds from 11am to 2pm.
The local girls will then take on the Mozambicans in Day One from 3pm to 6pm at the University of Dar es Salaam grounds.
Nasser said Botswana will arrive on Wednesday, while Rwanda are due in tomorrow. Kenya, Uganda and Mozambique are set to arrive on Friday. The event will be played in T20 format.
Meanwhile, Rwanda's captain Cathia Uwamahoro said, "We have had the best preparation ever with coaches training us well and hard so we hope to finish in a better position than last year."
Claudine Uwase, who will not be playing because of her injured knee but will come to Dar es Salaam with the team said, "It will not be a walk over for the champions Uganda this time round. It will not be easy. The team is ready to battle them out given the training exercises they have been going through."