CRICKET Namibia held a farewell event for the National Men’s Cricket Team that will travel to Dubai, in The United Arab Emirates for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier games.
The team will depart for Dubai on 8 October 2019 and will start with warm-up T20 matches before taking on their first official match against the Netherlands on 19 October.
The Send Off event was a celebration of Namibia’s achievement of being one of the 14 countries that made it to participate in the T20 World Cup Qualifiers.
Namibia recently participated in an ODI tri-series against PNG and USA that was hosted in the USA where the Eagles had a great performance.
Cricket Namibia Vice-President,Polly Negongo said that the National Men’s team achievement should encourage the squad to keep the momentum going and work even harder. “Good luck. Play hard and I know you can do it! Your performance over the past months have shown your capability.” he said
Newly appointed CEO of Cricket Namibia, Johan Muller was present at the Send Off and thanked all past sponsors that have been supportive of Cricket Namibia.
“Your support and commitment is the reason we are able to send off professional cricketers to the World Cup Qualifier. To all our current and new sponsors, I would like to guarantee that we are committed to present the best administrative support to your brand and we are excited to work together on this journey to achieve a common goal. We would like to partner with all media houses to make sure that all cricket programs in Namibia get exposure.” He stated
Recently Namibia hosted the World Cricket League 2 in April of which the Eagles won, followed by the team participation in the T20 Africa Finals in Uganda where it came out victorious which then led the team to qualify for the upcoming T20 World Cup Qualifier.
The 15 players that will make up the squad to represent Namibia in the qualifiers are; Gerhard Erasmus (c), Jan Frylinck (v/c), Bernard Scholtz, Helao Ya France, JJ Smit, Tangeni Lungameni, Zane Green, Christi Viljoen, Stephen Baard, Ben Shikongo, Craig Williams, Zhivago Groenewald, Niko Davin, Karl Birkenstock and JP Kotze.