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Late preps cripple men’s cricket team


Seabata Mahao

Financial rough-patch in the Cricket campus has been blamed for the Lesotho Cricket Team’s bad performance in the Men’s T20 World Cup Sub Regional Africa qualifier games held in Rwanda.  

The team won only two games in the contest that commenced on November 15 and set to end tomorrow owing to poor preparations birthed by lack of financial muscle and facilities.

According to the Media Liaison of Lesotho Cricket Association, Dr. Clifford Molefe, despite the fact that the team sustained six injuries in the competitions, a delay in team’s preparation caused a major blow that led to poor performance.        

Team Lesotho is pitted against the hosts Rwanda, Mali, Kenya and Seychelles in group A and has played seven matches on the tournament which consist of eight teams while group B is comprised of Cameroon, Mozambique, Nigeria, Eswatini, Ghana, The Gambia, Sierra Leone and Tanzania.

Lesotho will play its last games tomorrow against Rwanda and Malawi.

Competing nations in the sub-regional qualifiers play against each other in a single round-robin group stage format.

Although the sprits to return with the accolade were high, the National team Lesotho lost to Botswana by 10 wickets after 97/0 score margin in favour of Botswana while Lesotho recorded only 91/10.

It however managed to get a consoling victory in its second game against Mali where it won by 31 runs and scoring 138/6 victory while Mali had 107/10 in the six match.

The team went on to bag another conquest by 7 wickets, making 153/3 while Seychelles made 152/5.

The team was trampled by Kenya in the 14th match with 167 runs and a wide score margin of 237/5 while Lesotho had 70/10. 

On the same note, Lesotho lost to Rwanda by 22 runs when the match ended in 102/8 for Rwanda and 80/7 for Lesotho in the 16th game. The team was further thrashed in its 18th match before losing again to Saint Helena by 45 runs as Lesotho had 81/10 and the opponents securing 126/6. Malawi won by 22 runs, Lesotho made 101/7 while Malawi made 123/4.

“We only started preparations three months ago, but with the little we did there is improvement as compared to last year’s tournament.

“We hope for the better. Maybe the team will see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Molefe said.

He added, “If only we have started preparations on time like other teams which started last year we would have better results but the team is holding on tight.”

Two top teams from each group will advance to the Africa Finals in 2023, where they will have a chance to make it to the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in United States of America (USA) and the West Indies.

Team Lesotho is build-up of Captain Samir Patel, TÅ¡episo Chaoana, Omar Hussain, Yahya Jakda, Faisal Kader, Arbaaz Khan, Maaz Khan, Mohleki Leoela, Lebona Leokaoke, Mpiti Lerotholi, Molai Matsau, Ayaj Patel, Gladwin Thamae, Chachole Tlali, Jayant Vijayakumar and Waseem Yaqoob.

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