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Despite all these cultural differences, the process of introduction the game of cricket began in Mali in late 2001 and early 2002 at the request of Mahendra Mapagunaratne an Indian citizen living in the UK. An email was sent to Husain Ayob, the then Regional Development Manager for Africa.

The game properly began in March 2002 with the assistance of Dr. Philip Watson, father of a welsh family living in Mali, in May 2002; Mali Cricket Association was established to govern the development of the game. This body worked hard to introduce cricket to several schools. In January 2005, Mali Cricket Association grew up into Mali Cricket Federation which was recognized by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as an official member in June 2005.historiq femacrik


From the start to present, a lot of progress has been achieved. The game has been brought to 6 major towns in Mali: Bamako, Kayes, Koulikoro, Sikasso, Ségou and Timbuktu. In each of the aforementioned towns the game is thriving and a cricket tournament is regularly held every year.

Recently, the game has been taken to a remote village (my home village) and it has boosted a lot of fun and enthusiasm among the young players both boys and girls.

Most importantly the game has been introduced to the university this year engendering lot of excitement among the university students.

We have a male national team and a female national team. Our male national team took part into various regional competitions Gambia in May 2007, Nigeria in April 2008, the U-17 tournament in Nigeria, Ghana in April 2011 and South Africa in April 2012, but never won a championship. Our female national has not yet participated in any regional competition. Nevertheless, we hope to be able to take part into the upcoming women tournament in the Gambia in November.


This beautiful noble game of cricket has contributed to the empowerment of the youth in Mali. Several of the young people who got the clear vision to join us in the move have grown.

However, there are some challenges to take up. If nothing is done to handle them, they may slowdown the growth and the development of the game in the long run. Among these challenges, let’s consider the lack of competition play grounds, the scarcity of equipment, the lack of sponsors, and the lack of qualified trainers for the national teams.

We do believe that getting sustainable sponsors will pave the way to tackle all the challenges afore mentioned and minimize the effect of the downfall.