Malawi Cricket welcomes Andre Botha as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Malawi Cricket Union (MCU) is excited to announce the appointment of Andre Botha as its new Chief Executive Officer, which he is set to take up from the end of April.
MCU President Vivek Ganesan said “we had tremendous interest in this role from high caliber people from all parts of the cricket world. Following meticulous deliberation the board unanimously appointed Andre.
South African born Botha will be working closely with the ICC, MCU Board and The Cricket Academy in developing cricket across Malawi, as well as continuing to develop Malawi's National squads, including the qualifying competition for the next ICC T20 World cup.”
South African born Botha played provincial cricket for Griqualand and internationally for Ireland including the 2007 and 2011 ODI World Cups and the 2008 and 2010 T20 World Cups. Since retiring as a player in 2011, Botha has been extremely active in coaching and managing various cricket programs in South Africa.
As a Cricket South Africa (CSA) Level 3 coach Botha’s experience will be invaluable to the development of cricket in Malawi, while the National squads will greatly benefit from his playing experience.
Teaching life skills through cricket since 2010.
The Cricket Academy is an education program that uses cricket as the means. We don't just teach the sport we love: cricket. We teach life, people and leadership skills. We teach teamwork, responsibility and discipline. We teach skills that our players and students require to be successful in today's fast moving world.
We want our sport to grow in participation. We want to succeed on the global stage. We want to deliver economic impact. We want to be recognised for our outstanding governance practice. We want every Malawian to be able to play cricket.
In order to compete against the top teams in Africa and the world, play in World Cup Qualifiers and possibly, one day, the World Cup itself. To give us the best chance of achieving this, our foundations have to be strong. Education is the key to building a sustainable future for cricket in Malawi.
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Cricket in Malawi has come enormously far in a short space of time. Our goals are ambitious, but the passion, dedication, skill and experience of all those associated with The Cricket Academy and the Malawi Cricket Union; players, coaches, volunteers, staff, commercial partners, funding partners and committees, give us the confidence to reach high.
1. Grow the game
Significantly increase the popularity of cricket in Malawi, and the number of people playing it, with an emphasis on attracting youngsters. Targeting new areas for expansion through a coordinated coaching and development infrastructure.
2. Bolster the game
Strengthen the standard of the game in Malawi and reduce the gap between international teams and domestic cricket by introducing a first class equivalent structure.
3. Support the game
Give our international teams the best chance of winning by providing the best possible support structure to our teams.
4. Lead the game
Provide strong leadership for the game in Malawi, continue to uphold the highest standards of governance and groom our players to ensure we sustain the strength of our sport.
In 2010, we started off with one team of 11 players and one cricket kit. Today we have over 100 schools in our development programs with more than 3,500 boys, girls, men & women participating.
"The cricket field is our classroom."
42 tournaments, 10 outreach programs, 3 junior international tours, an official Guinness World Record Attempt for the longest individual net session, one senior men’s tour & 4 ICC/CA certified coaching & umpiring courses.
The Cricket Academy has been developing cricket in Malawi since 2010. In 2011 TCA got involved with North Star Alliance an N.G.O. That runs HIV/Aids awareness clinics and Mary’s Meals an N.G.O. That run school feeding programs all over Malawi. Most of our cricket programs are run at schools that Mary’s Meals provide their feeding program.
In 2012 TCA officially registered as “The Cricket Academy Limited” (Limited by Guarantee). In November 2013 volunteers from The Cricket Academy were elected to the executive board of the Malawi Cricket Union (MCU) the official governing body for cricket in Malawi.
In February 2014 the Malawi Cricket Union (MCU) executive board agreed to make The Cricket Academy (TCA) responsible for all development, administration, training of player & support personal for cricket in Malawi. By June 2014 MCU was fully reinstated as an Affiliate member of the ICC and this was mainly due to the structures TCA had put in place between 2010 & 2014.
In May 2015 after a 5 year absence from international cricket the Malawi National Men’s Cricket Team traveled to Mozambique to play in a triangular cricket tournament verses Zambia & Mozambique. For the first time in history the team was made up of home grown players most of whom have come through TCA development programs.
In 2016 for the first time in Malawi’s history an under 19 women’s team represented Malawi at an 8 Nation tournament in Botswana , a female team has never represented Malawi at cricket before.