Thrilling cricket on the cards

Competition will be tough, as the top four countries at the end of the tournament will receive financial aid from the International Cricket Council.

18 April 2019 | Sports

Namibia's senior national cricket team will compete in the World Cricket League Division Two tournament, which starts in Windhoek on Saturday and ends on 26 April.

The host nation will compete against Oman, the United States, Canada, Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong.

Namibia's first game will take place on Saturday against Papua New Guinea at the Wanderers Stadium.

On Sunday, their second match will be against the US at the same venue. Their third match will take place on Tuesday against Canada at the United Sports Ground.

On Wednesday, the hosts will then play Oman at Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaatskool (WAP) and their fifth match will take place on Friday against Hong Kong at the same venue.

Namibia's head coach Pierre de Bruyn said they want to increase the number of cricketers around the country.

This the vision they have with players who are serious about the game.

De Bruyn said they have trained hard over past last 16 weeks and are ready to face their opponents.

Team captain Gerhard Erasmus said they have played some of the countries before and are looking forward to clashing with some of the new editions, including the US, Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong.

“Teams are always changing and that will be a challenge, but we want to test their performance and to see what each team brings,” Erasmus said.

He added they have an experienced and balanced squad.

Competition will be tough, as the top four countries at the end of the tournament will receive financial aid from the International Cricket Council (ICC).

According to De Bruyn the four teams will join Nepal, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the ICC Cricket World League Two series that will stretch over two-and-a-half years, with teams playing one-day international matches in 21 tri-nations tournaments.

Also, the top three sides at the end of the series will move on to a final World Cup qualifier, from which the top two teams will qualify for the 2023 Cricket World Cup to be played in India.

The bottom two sides will still need to play few more tournaments to reach the World Cup.

The following players are part of the Namibian squad: Julian Baard, James Bredenkamp, Karl Birkenstock, Gerhard Erasmus (captain), Jan Frylinck, Zane Green, Zhivago Groenewald, Jean Pierre Kotze, Josef Lungameni, Bernard Scholtz, Jonathan Smit, Christoffel Viljoen, George Williams and Nafindi Ya France.

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