Cricket Namibia off to SA for more competitions

WINDHOEK: Hot on the heels of a second-spot finish in an international competition, Cricket Namibia will contest several competitions in South Africa (SA) from Thursday until Sunday.

The Namibian team will depart on Wednesday to take part in the annual Cricket SA competitions in Johannesburg.

Namibia’s coach Doug Watson told Nampa on Tuesday that they are going to participate in three-day and one-day matches from Thursday onwards.

He said the competitions are important for Cricket Namibia in efforts to grow its player base, and develop junior players.

“This is a great opportunity for the young players to develop their skills because the seniors are at work,” Watson noted.

Team Namibia will first participate in the Sunfoil 3-Day Cup against Gauteng from Thursday to Saturday, and then in the one-day CSA Provincial 50-Overs’ Challenge, also against Gauteng on Sunday.

The competitions have been running since last October, and the games are a resumption of last year’s matches.

Watson stated that it is important that they grow Cricket Namibia, and participating in such competitions is a great platform.

“It is important for us to learn and develop the team and the players’ skills so that when we play international fixtures, we are strong,” he said.

Meanwhile, Watson expressed pride in his team’s second-overall finish in the Pepsi International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League Division 2 held here last week.

The Netherlands took top honours.

“We now have a busy campaign ahead of us after getting a promotion to play in major tournaments,” he beamed.

Namibia and The Netherlands were promoted to the WCL Division 1, thereby joining Ireland, Scotland, Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea.

The two countries will further receive a major financial boost for their efforts, and will also be allowed to participate in the ICC Inter-continental Cup and the ICC World League Championships, which will run from 2015 to 2017.