Namibia: Full Programme for Cricketers

13 November 2019

NAMIBIA's national cricket team will have a full programme leading up to next year's T20 World Cup in October with several tours and numerous T20 and 50-over international matches lined up.

This was confirmed by Cricket Namibia CEO Johan Muller on Tuesday, following a press conference on Monday where members of the Namibian national team talked about their recent success at the T20 World Cup Qualifiers in Dubai where they finished fourth to qualify for next year's World Cup.

"In January we will travel to Oman for a 50-over series, and in March we will go to the Netherlands to play 50-over and T20 matches," Muller said.

"In April we will host Scotland and Nepal in the 50-over World Cup League 2 tournament, and in July we will compete in a quadrangular tournament in the Netherlands although all the teams still have to be confirmed. In September we will host PNG and UAE in Namibia before we go to the World Cup in October," he added.

At Monday's press conference, several of the Namibian players talked about their recent success at the T20 World Cup Qualifiers in Dubai where they finished fourth to qualify for next year's World Cup.

Namibia's vice captain Jan Frylinck said they showed the world what Namibia cricket was all about.

"We showed the world what Namibian cricket is about with our batting, our bowling and fielding. We had an incredible energy and we showcased that, but we can always improve. For us it's more about trusting everything we worked on, to keep getting better, and to show the world what our cricket is all about.

With Namibia now at the World Cup, Frylinck said they were aiming high.

"We want to win all our matches - we want to progress from the group stages and we want to play against the big boys."

It is only the second time that Namibia has qualified for a World Cup since 2003, and opening batsman Stephen Baard said the class of 2003 had inspired them a lot.

"We look back a lot to what they achieved and for us to do the same is absolutely fantastic. Now we want to maintain this culture of winning and qualifying and we want to do it on a regular basis.

"It's going to be quite a challenge and we are in a tough group, but we have played all these years in South Africa which has similar conditions. It's going to be a big challenge, but we want to measure ourselves against the best players in the world."

Regarding their success in Dubai where Namibia recovered from two opening defeats to go on a five-match unbeaten run, Frylinck said they never gave up.

"It was tough in the first two games, but we are a young and determined group and the fight and determination we had pulled us through. We never give up and we always have a positive mindset."

He added that national coach Pierre de Bruyn had played a big role in their success.

"Pierre de Bruyn is one of the best coaches that I have worked with. Since he arrived, there has been a different dynamic and energy - he has changed our outlook and we absolutely love him as a person and a coach. He reminds us how good we are and how good we can be and he brings out the best in us individually and as a team."

Spinner Zhivago Groenewald added:

"The guys like pressure. I think we have missed out three times at the qualifiers in recent years, but this group of players stepped up, they took on the pressure and made it count.

All rounder Karl Birkenstock said it was a big honour to be a part of the group.

"I remember a few years ago I was in Pretoria, watching Namibia playing in the qualifiers and wishing that I could be there. This time I only played two warm-up matches, but it was a big honour and amazing to be a part of this group," he said.

Pace bowler Tangeni Lungameni said they have already started their preparations for the World Cup.

"We already started to practise this week so from now we will start to build up to the World Cup. This is now a perfect time for young kids to start playing the game, just come to practise and never say never.

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