Cricket Namibia would like to welcome Gerhard ‘Merwe’ Erasmus as the new captain of the Senior Men’s National Team with immediate effect.
Merwe is born in Namibia and has represented Namibia since 2011. Merwe is a right-hand batter and an off spin bowler. Having represented Namibia at U19 level, and captaining them at the U19 Cricket World Cup, he made his first class debut in an ICC Intercontinental Cup match for Namibia against Ireland in Belfast on 6 September 2011 and followed this up with his first List A match for Namibia against Scotland on 28 September 2011 in Windhoek. Since then he has been a regular in the Namibian team in all formats and has built a reputation for tight bowling and dominant batting in the top order.More recently he was the captain at Maties for 2 years and has a highest First-class score of 195. Whilst still young, his experience to date has been outstanding.
During his time as a Namibian player he was under the captaincy of Sarel Burger who retired last year. He has therefore had the perfect opportunity to learn from an outstanding captain. Cricket Namibia have every confidence in Merwe and we wish him the best with this important milestone in his career.
At the same time that we welcome Merwe as the new captain we salute Jan Frylinck who has filled this position for the last six months following the temporary departure of Stephen Baard to New Zealand. Jan has worked tirelessly as captain and has now been retained as the vice-captain and right-hand man to Merwe in our captaincy cadre. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Jan for his commitment and input to the team and captaincy during his tenure.