Two South African coaches have upped the ante in preparing the Botswana senior men’s cricket team ahead of the ICC World Cup League (WCL) Division 6 tournament to be held in England in September.
The experienced South African coach, John Rudolph and fitness trainer, Evert Laubscher took the team through its paces at the Botswana Cricket Association (BCA) Oval.
Rudolph and Laubscher are working closely with the national team, with the former working on bowling and fielding over the weekend. “I took the boys through different bowling techniques. We were focusing on putting the bowlers in their respective order of bowling,” said Rudolph.
Previously during his first trip, Rudolph took the team through different batting techniques. As part of the training programme, the team was spilt into two teams and played a 50 overs match. “I have noticed some improvement from most players in the team and they are all disciplined,” he said. On the other hand, Laubscher is focusing on the team’s fitness training. Rudolph recommended his countryman after he expressed concern over the team’s fitness.
He took the team through a fitness training session, which involved physical training and some theory work, advising the team on certain diets that they should consider as cricket players. BCA fixtures and publicity secretary, Sumod Damodar told Mmegi Sport that the South African duo would keep working closely with the team until they depart for England in September.
In England the team will face Saudi Arabia, Fiji, Vanuata, Cayman Islands Guernsey and Suriname. Meanwhile, the arrival of the yet to be named national team coach has been postponed due to issues related to travelling documents.