CRICKET Namibia will host a four-match T20 International series against Botswana with the aim of improving its T20 world cricket ranking.
The first-ever T20 International that will be played on Namibian soil is scheduled to take place from 19 to 23 August at the Trustco United Sports ground.
The Eagles will welcome Botswana after its last encounter in Uganda, whereby Namibia beat Botswana by 10 wickets with 97 balls left.
The two teams will, however, play two friendly 50 over games on Sunday, 18 August and on Saturday, 24 August.
Head Coach of the national men’s team, Pierre De Bruyn, said that his team is excited to play its first T20 Internationals on home soil against Botswana.
“From a team’s perspective, it gives us an opportunity to get our combinations right with our T20 Global competition in October, to get players in certain roles and most importantly, it is four T20 games so it is preparations and match time for the guys who haven’t played a lot of cricket since May in Uganda. This is a great opportunity for the guys to get match time and to keep on measuring ourselves against other teams,” he said.
He added, that they have worked hard in the nets and training, but there there is nothing better than match time for the people.
“There is strong competition in the squad and guys are fighting for places in the team, which is very healthy for us and it will give us some good information next week as coaches and selectors on what that final squad of 15 will look like going to Dubai in October,” said De Bruyn.
All four matches will be official T20I games, with ranking points on offer for T20I team rankings.