Namibia ready to face Kenya in World Cricket League tourney

Namibia’s national cricket team is ready to give Kenya a run for their money in the first match of the World Cricket League Division 2 tournament this coming Saturday.

Cricket Namibia Chief Executive Officer, Donovan Zealand told Nampa in an interview on Monday that his charges are well prepared for the tournament, which is set to kick off on 17 January in Windhoek.

He said their players have just returned from Pretoria, South Africa where they were doing their final preparations for the competition, and they are ready to face all their opponents with victory in mind each time.

The tournament will see countries like Uganda, Canada, Kenya, Nepal, the Netherlands and host Namibia locking horns from 17 to 24 January 2015.

The games will be played at the Wanderers Cricket Ground, at Affies Cricket Ground and also at the United Sport Club.

Cricket Namibia’s President Richard Frankle, in a media statement issued on Sunday, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming all the teams to Namibia and having them experience our world-famous hospitality.”

He stated that although Namibia can count on its home advantage and has put in a lot of hard work during their preparations, the team is not the clear favourite to win the event.

The top two teams from this tournament will be promoted to World Cricket League Division 1, where they will join Ireland, Scotland, Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea.

The wining pair will further receive a financial boost for their efforts, and will also be allowed to participate in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Intercontinental Cup and the ICC World League Championships, which will run from 2015 to 2017.

The Director of the tournament, Laurie Pieters was also quoted in the statement saying everything is in place, and all the facilities at the different venues are up to standard.

“We are looking forward to see some fine cricket action,” he said, adding that there will be no entrance fee charged at any of the three venues.

He called on all Namibians to come and watch the games in great numbers, so that they can make the event a resounding success.

Namibia will battle it out on 17 January against Kenya, and they will then face Uganda the next day.

On 19 January, Namibia will square up against the Netherlands and then meet Nepal on 21 January. Namibia will also face Canada before the finals on Sunday, 24 January 2015.