Kwibuka T20 Tournament to be held from June 4 in Rwanda

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Rwanda players share a laugh in the dugout. © Rwanda Cricket Association/ Twitter

The Kwibuka T20 Tournament is set to be held in Kigali this year from June 4 to 13. The Rwanda Cricket Association (RCA) has started preparations after the Ministry of Sports allowed the national teams to resume training, The New Times reported on Wednesday (April 21).

“RCA believes that cricket is a non-contact sport, with very low risks of exposure, and that it can be played as safely as many other sporting activities,” RCA was quoted as saying.

Rwanda will feature in the annual Genocide Memorial tournament, held since 2014. Women’s CricZone understands that Namibia, Nigeria and Uganda have accepted invitation to participate in the competition, with Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi, Kenya and Tanzania being the other likely participants. The tournament was postponed last year after the COVID-19 pandemic struck. The Rwanda team is expected to begin training from next week.

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“The goal is to improve Rwanda’s performances across the men, women and the Under 19 national teams,” said Julius Mbaraga, RCA Secretary-General. “We are aware that improving performance requires you to win and if you win the tournament, you go up in the ICC rankings.”

The matches will be given international status and would count towards teams’ and individuals rankings in as per ICC charts. Rwanda is currently ranked 34th in the ICC T20I rankings.