May 25, 2018 Last Updated 8:55 AM, May 25, 2018

Malawi to host an International cricket tournament

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Malawi is planning to host an international Cricket tournament in November this year.

The development has been confirmed by the Malawi Cricket Union (MCU) President, Viveck Ganesan.

He spoke when the National Cricket team arrived back home from Mozambique where they won silver after losing in the final to the hosts.

Ganesan told Capital FM that preparations are already underway for the tournament but admitted that there was still work to do.

Commenting on the just ended triangular tournament Ganesan said expressed confidence that the youthful side coached by Irish man Andre Bothaperformed wonders.

The first game Malawi beat Zambia who are in the top ten on the continent.

On the second day the team beat the host which according to Ganesan was something out of the ordinary.

The team scored 126 runs and lost 5 wickets.

 “We lost the match final match against Mozambique due to inexperience above all the team exceeded all expectations,” said an audibly proud Ganesan.

He explained that the Mozambique outing was paramount and that it was a good development for the young boys.

"We have a robust youth developmental programme and this is why we felt obliged to send a youthful squad,” he said.

“We earned the respect of our rivals so much so that the President of ICC-Africa, Cassim Suleiman applauded the boys,” he added.  

According to the team manage, five years of hard work finally produced results at the four day tourney.

The invitational tournament run from May 14 to 18 in Chimoio.

Out of the five individual awards Malawi scooped two.

The best Batsman accolade went to Gift Kamsonkho whilst Tyler House took home the Best Emerging Young Player award.

The 14 man squad was made up of Dickson Matiya (Wicket keeper), Sailesh Jeena, Gift Kansonkho (Vice captain), Arjun Kalaria (Captain), Gershom Ntambalika, Donnex Kansonkho, Robert Mpinda, Alick Kansonkho, Robert Kanyandula, Trevor Kuluwani, Tyler House, Marvelous Friday, Osman Muhangoand Michael Nyson.

The national team was promoted to the World Cricket League (WCL) Africa Division Two after winning the Division Three Tournament Malawi hosted in 2009.

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