Chand confident with mixture of youth and experience
Botswana captain Akrum Chand is confident that his aggressive approach to the game will help the hosts of the World Cricket League Division 7 (WCL Div. 7) to walk away victorious at the end of next week in Gaborone.
Chand, who was previously named as captain in 2006, feels his experience will be important for the side. 'I wasn't able to travel to Jersey in 2006 due to injury nor did I travel to Singapore for Division 6 in 2009 but I have captained the side previously and I'm looking forward to leading them again in this event. I believe in being aggressive when it comes to our game - it will be about being on the offensive and not defensive when it comes to our matches,' he said.
'We've been working very hard ahead of this tournament with the side dedicating the last six months to preparing for the event. We've been to Zimbabwe and South Africa for camps and I feel as a side we're well prepared for the event.
'The team is a mixture of youth and experience with a few players coming up from the under-19 side. Part-time wicketkeeper-batsman Karabo Motlhanka, all-rounder Waseem Tajbhay as well as fast bowler Segolame Ramatu are all good prospects in the side while we've experience in the likes of James Moses who has been playing for Botswana for over 10 years and knows what the team is about and how to guide the players if needs be,' added Chand.
'We don't know huge amounts about the promoted teams for this event,' said Chand of Kuwait and Germany, 'But I our coach Arjun Menon has worked with some of the other sides in the tournament and has given us some good background to help us prepare. When it comes down to it we will be focusing on our own game and see what we have on day of the games.'
The top-order batsman admitted the rain in Botswana is a little bit of a concern at the moment but that conditions will be good for WCL Div. 7: 'Although it has been raining a bit this week, I think we should be ok for when the tournament begins. We're playing on AstroTurf so we can probably expect the ball to bounce and skid a little while the outfields are looking great. One bonus is we're moving into winter so the temperature is a lot better for playing cricket, around 27 degrees rather than the usual 45!'