RECENTLY awarded Player of the Season, as well as Player’s player of the season in Namibian cricket, Johannes Jonathan Smit is optimistic that his new signing with Canadian team, Vancouver knights, will not only provide tough opposition but will also enable him to perform better at a grand stage.
The 23-year-old who originates from Keetmanshoop made his debut for the national team at just age 16, a feat that scored him the title of youngest debutant in Namibian cricket history.
He was awarded for top performance at the recently held Cricket Namibia Annual Prizegiving ceremony for his role and contribution towards the national team, winning ODI Status after securing a win against Oman in the final match of the T20 World Cricket League Division 2 tournament and his team and Wanderers winning the cricket premier league.
In an interview with Informanté, Smit, who is known by many as JJ, said that the recognition signifies hard work and perseverance in cricket and he hopes that the youth can emulate his work ethic.
“Receiving Player of the Year is by far my biggest achievement. It feels like I belong somewhere now and it is good for the soul. I feel like I can make a difference in young boys and girls lives. I really want to because I was also a young boy with a dream and now I can be an example for young children and even people my age,” he said.
Touching on his latest signing, Smit said that the opportunity means a lot to him and he hopes to perform well.
“Yes I signed for the Vancouver knights; it is a really big opportunity for me to put my name in the running for more T20 leagues around the world. However, I have to perform well and help my team win. It will be very tough but I always give my all in every team I play for. I am really looking forward to playing in Canada and meeting my new teammates,” he added.