Namibia National Cricket Team – Namibia’s record achievement in regaining ODI status was celebrated at this year’s ICC Development Awards.

The winner of this award for the men’s performance of the year in an ICC or Associate Member’s bilateral cricket competition.

Namibia National Cricket Team

Namibia National Cricket Team

Dedication, courage, pride in self-sacrifice and a desire to inspire the next generation are qualities that the Namibian men’s team strives to live by. Everything happened on a historic day in April 2019.

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As the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 matches are played on home soil, it is not only the ODI status but also the pride of the country. And Namibia improved their clean sheet by winning the match against Hong Kong and ensuring they become an ODI nation once again after 16 years.

This is a big event for a country that has been on the verge of qualifying several times before. They won the title by defeating Oman in the final and got their first ODI win.

The tournament began with a victory over Papua New Guinea, which is highly ranked. This performance gave confidence to the players, coaching staff and fans. They then lost to the USA in a tight series before bouncing back against a strong Canadian side. However, another defeat against Oman put pressure on them.

Missing five previous attempts put a lot of pressure on the team heading into the match in Hong Kong. Namibia should have won big.

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Sent to the green, they scored 396, the second highest score for a List A cricket partner – a century by J.P. Kotze (148) and Steven Bard (122) advanced in the second round. Get up.

Kotze was in a particularly heavy mood, hitting nine sixes and 15 fours in an 86-ball knock. His hundred took just 62 balls before JJ Smith (61* 26 balls) and Zane Green (41* 21) provided the fireworks at the end.

Namibia used eight bowlers and they chased down Hong Kong in the same set of 245, winning by 151 runs and securing the ODI status they had worked so hard for.

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The status of ODIs has a significant impact on cricket and professional sports in Namibia. As a Cricket Namibia spokesperson explained: “The qualification meant we could have 17 players on permanent contracts, thus becoming the only sporting code in Namibia to turn professional…High quality cricket content will now be played on home soil. This led to an increase in interest in the game, which contributed to the development of our development programs.

T20 World Cup

A few months later, Namibia took another leap forward when they were one of six teams in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers held in the UAE to secure a place at the World Cup in Australia.

Praising coach Pierre de Bruyne for instilling a “hard-working, disciplined culture” and the leadership of classy captain Gerard Erasmus, Cricket Namibia said: “Getting ODI status and qualifying for the T20 World Cup that year is a big achievement for us. very proud Credit must be given to every administrator, board member and player who have built and developed the game in the country over the past 20 years.

“This year, our team has proven that it can compete against some of the top-ranked competitive teams in the world.”

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Namibia coach Pierre de Bruyne has warned senior boys cricket that Namibia will not be at the Super 12 stage after their historic eight-wicket win over Ireland.

Captain Gerhard Erasmus’ knock of 53 from 49 balls and David Wiese’s 28 from just 14 balls helped Namibia bowl out Ireland 125 for 8 to finish second in Group A.

Wiese also took two for 22 alongside the impressive Ian Freelink, who finished with a World Cup-best 21 from Namibia as Ireland made 70 runs in 14 overs after racing to 55 without defeat. power play

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“We’re very happy, I have to remind myself what happened there, but it was against a really good group of people,” De Bruyne said after the win that secured his country automatic qualification for the ICC Men’s T20. The 2022 World Cup will be held in Australia.

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“It’s time for us to enjoy the moment and reflect, but we’re not here to lie down.

“The match against India, Pakistan and New Zealand will be a great experience for these players, but we want to be competitive with the ball, the bat and everything we do on the field.

“The way we represent ourselves, we’re going to compete and we’re looking forward to it. We’ve made history now, we’ve made it to the Super 12, it’s the first time we’re playing against these guys in the T20 World Cup.

The Wiz’s victory at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the UAE sparked wild scenes of celebration among the players and fans on the field, and De Bruyne admitted the party will continue into the night at home.

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He added: “I can imagine what’s going on in Namibia now, it’s Friday afternoon there, so they’ll be great. It will be a late night for the home fans.

“We are not the kind of organization that has a lot of resources around us. I have 18 players for the national team and I know what they have done in the last three years.

“It sounds like a cliché that hard work has paid off, but it certainly has and I’m delighted for the players.”

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Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie said his side had lost a winner-takes-all battle but insisted his side were still moving forward.

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He said: “Our T20 cricket has not been consistent and that has been a big problem and you could say this tournament has been inconsistent for us but the boys are improving and I can see that every day.

“They are a young and inexperienced team and they will learn from it, they will suffer from it, of course, like all of us, but we have to move on and try to adapt our game.

“We lost today but I know the boys will want to improve their skills so next time we get a couple of weeks off at home we can do better.”

The media release begins with the men’s World Cup qualifiers between Sri Lanka and Oman on June 19 and 23.

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This website uses cookies to improve user experience. If you use this website, you agree to our use of all cookies. Study more. From 22 January to 3 February 2021, the Namibian women’s cricket team will take on neighboring rivals Zimbabwe in five T20 Internationals and two 50-over matches. Matches at Trustco United Sports Field, Windhoek, capital of Namibia.

These matches have been a godsend for Namibians who have experienced an international drought due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their last competitive matches came in the ICC T20 World Cup qualifiers in September 2019, where the Namibians finished in a disappointing last place after losing all their group stage and knockout games.

However, new women’s coach Francois van der Merwe is confident about their future. Speaking to New Era Live, van der Merwe emphasized the importance of winning the series and highlighted the tough preparation ahead of the cricketers. The players will play around 25 matches against each other followed by a three-week training camp where they will hone their batting and bowling skills.

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All-rounder Arraste Dirgaardt is looking forward to 2021 and says team morale is high.

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“There is no pressure on us. We are just working on our skills and fitness level. We’ve been playing together for a while, so we know each other well,” Deergaardt said.

Cricket Namibia has recently invested in women’s cricket and has clear plans to grow it over the next two years. 2021 will be a busy season. After the Zimbabwe clash, they will travel to Botswana, Kenya and Rwanda for their next matches.

Needless to say, the Zimbabwean women are back in action after an even longer hiatus. They did not qualify for the World Cup due to disqualification