A two-day intensive training and selection programme organised by the Ghana Cricket Association (GCA) and aimed at getting players to form the nucleus of the national Female Cricket team ended in Obuasi yesterday.
Girls from across the country participated in the fifth Annual Girls Invitational Tournament held by the outfit under its women cricket development programme.
In all 36 girls were identified from cricket academies, playing schools and communities in the Ashanti, Brong -Ahafo, Central, Western and Greater –Accra Regions.
According to the General Secretary of the GCA, Francis Asare, coaches took the girls through basic drills on batting, bowling and fielding to be followed by direct assessments in trial matches.
At the end, 18 players were selected by the GCA Technical Team and subsequently camped in preparation for the impending North West Africa Cricket Council Women’s (NWACC) tournament to be held in The Gambia from October 25 to November 1.
“This will be Ghana’s first participation in an international female cricket competition and reflects GCA efforts for the development of girls cricket in the country,” Mr. Asare stated.
He added that, the GCA is expecting the National Sports Authority and the Ministry of Youth and Sports to provide the necessary support for Ghana female cricketers to participate in the important event for Africa.
He also called on corporate entities to come on board and support the young ladies striving to win laurels in cricket for Ghana.
Teams to participate in the tournament from the cricket playing countries in the sub-region include Cameroun, Nigeria, Mali, Morocco and Sierra Leone.
By Times Sports Reporter