Nam to take on Sri Lanka

Namibia is set to take on Sri Lanka today in their first match at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

18 October 2021 | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMI

The rescheduled ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will be taking place in Oman and the United Arab Emirates having started yesterday.

This edition of the tournament was scheduled to take place in Australia in 2020 but was due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was decided that India will host the event in 2021 with Australia hosting the 2022 edition.

A total of 16 teams will be taking part in this tournament. Round one will see eight teams, split into two groups, aiming to qualify for the main round.

The top two teams from each group will progress to the next round, the Super 12s, joining the world’s eight top-ranked T20 side who will be divided into two groups.

After the group matches, the top two teams from both groups will progress to the semi-finals.

The Eagles of Namibia are also in the competition and will take on Sri Lanka today in their first match.

The head coach of the Eagles, Pierre de Bruyn, said they have no doubt that everyone is getting excited and that it is normal for it to come with a little bit of nerves. That’s normal, nerves create adrenaline

“We are going to focus on how we will play. We have a game plan. Important thing we are working on is from a mental point of view. They are a good team which has won the World Cup before. They know how to operate on a big stage. They will take us as underdogs, but we have good chance against them.

“The conditions will suit us. It’s just a matter of how we will deal with high pressure situations with in the games. We won’t back away or be bullied. We are going in to the game with every thing we have. There is no time to get nervous or stressed about this match. We are well prepared. Whatever the outcome might be, we are well prepared. We are going to represent the country with pride and courage and to inspire everyone once again,” he added.

After the Sri Lanka match, Namibia will take on Netherlands on 20 October, and then face Ireland on 22 October.

The quest for the competing countries is to dethrone defending champions West Indies. They are the only country to have won the tournament twice.

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