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Namibia enters T20 Qualifier as ‘Dangerous Dark Horses’

Namibia enters T20 Qualifier as ‘Dangerous Dark Horses’

Staff reporter

Fourteen teams are participating in the qualifying rounds of the T20 Cricket World Cup with Namibia standing a good chance in qualifying for the tournament.

 

The team is currently in Dubai and are placed in group A along with Scotland, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Kenya and Bermuda Group B has hosts nation UAE, Ireland, Oman, Hong Kong, Canada, Jersey and Nigeria.

 

Namibia will go into the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 in Dubai as one of the most dangerous sides when they meet the Netherlands in their opening match in Dubai on Saturday.

 

They are currently placed 19 on the ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings, after Gerhard Erasmus’s team started off winning the 2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two earlier in April in addition to securing one-day international status for the first time since 2003.

 

Namibia then lifted the ICC World Twenty20 Africa Region Qualifier Final trophy at home thus making them one of the favourites to make it to the T20 World Cup in Australia next year May.

 

With five wins in six games, Namibia finished second in the ICC World T20 Africa Region Qualifier C standings in 2018, behind Botswana, who were unbeaten in the competition.

 

A key player for Namibia would be JP Kotze who is Namibia’s first and only centurion in both the limited-overs formats, thus will be playing the pivotal role as the most important batsman.

 

He scored 121 runs at 60.50 in three T20 appearances, and has a terrific strike-rate of 189.06 in addition to his sensational 148 against Hong Kong earlier this year which was vital in Namibia securing ODI status.

 

Namibia will kick off their T20 World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands on Saturday, followed by Papua New Guinea on Sunday, Scotland on October 22, Bermuda on 23 October, Kenya on 25 October and final match against Singapore on 26 October.

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