Cricket Namibia has reached another milestone when the National Cricket Men’s team will represent Namibia at the World Cup in United Arab Emirates. Competing at a global stage has been one of the focus points for Cricket Namibia. It is an honor for the Cricket Namibia to plot the Land of the Brave on the map.
Cricket Namibia CEO Johan Muller says the Eagles’ participation in the T20 World Cup is a big occasion and a great opportunity, not only for the men’s team but for the entire Namibia. “We have made very positive strides in the recent 18 months and are looking forward compete at this level. To qualify as one of the top 16 countries is already a significant achievement. Our aim however is to progress through to the second phase of the competition.” Muller further expressed his gratitude towards the support from the Namibian Nation during the Eagles journey towards the T20 World Cup.
Eagles national head coach Pierre de Bruyn congratulated players that have been selected, he feels that the players selected themselves with outstanding commitment and performances in the past few months which made selection easy. “Representing your country in a World Cup is a privilege and it does not come across very often in one’s career. I wish the players all the very best.”
Eagles captain Gerhard Erasmus is positive with the selected players and believes the squad has come a long way in terms of roles and team dynamics. “We’ve played with the majority of our squad for a good period now, so everyone is clear on what is expected from each player. With that, we can go out and play freely.”
Squad: Merwe Erasmus (Captain), JJ Smit (Vice Captain), Jan Frylinck, Karl Birkenstock, Ben Shikongo, Bernard Scholtz, Nicol Loftie Eaton, Craig Williams, Michael van Lingen, Stephen Baard, Ruben Trumpelmann, Zane Green (wk), David Wiese, Picky Ya France, Michau du Preez (wk), Mauritius Ngupita (Reserve player)
Cricket Namibia is pleased with the ultimate 16 players to represent Namibia at a memorable event and we trust that the squad will fly the Namibian flag up high throughout the tournament.