WINDHOEK, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) — The Namibia Cricket governing body on Friday announced a 16-man squad that will represent the country at the ICC T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates scheduled to take place from October 17 to November 14.
Namibia’s national head coach Pierre de Bruyn congratulated players that have been selected and feels that they deserve the selection considering their outstanding commitment and performances in the past few months.
“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,” he added.
Commenting on the selection, Namibia’s Eagles captain Merwe Gerhard Erasmus believes the squad has come a long way in terms of roles and team dynamics.
Meanwhile, Cricket Namibia CEO Johan Muller said Namibia’s 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 country.
“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 concluded.
The players selected are: Merwe Gerhard 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).