Pepsi ICC World Cricket Cup to commence on Sat.

Everything is ready for the upcoming Pepsi International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League (WCL) Division 2 tournament set for the capital from 17 to 24 January 2014, an organiser said.

The ICC Development Events Manager Edward Fitzgibbon said during a media briefing here on Monday that he visited the three cricket grounds where the games will take place, and they are in good shape.

The Namibian batsman’s received their caps the same evening.

He then congratulated Cricket Namibia for hosting the tournament.

“This is a huge tournament and this is a great opportunity for Namibia to make use of as you play on home grounds,” he said, referring to a possible promotion to the WCL Division 1.

Fitzgibbon noted that organizers have reserved three days for the five rounds of matches in case of rain.

“We are confident that this will be a success and hope to have a complete tournament despite the rain,” he stated, adding that the ICC has hosted tournaments of the same nature in other countries which receive more rain than Namibia.

The tournament will see Uganda, Canada, Kenya, Nepal, The Netherlands and host Namibia lock horns.

The games will be played at the Wanderers cricket grounds, Affies, and United Sports Club.

The top two teams will be promoted to WCL Division 1, where they will join Ireland, Scotland, Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea.

The top two teams will further receive a financial boost for their efforts, and will also be allowed to participate in the ICC Intercontinental Cup and the ICC World League Championships which will run from 2015 to 2017.

The tournament schedule is:

17 January – Namibia v Kenya (at Wanderers), Netherlands v Canada (United), Uganda v Nepal (Wanderers/Affies);

18 January – Namibia v Uganda (Wanderers), Nepal v Netherlands (United), Kenya v Canada (Wanderers/Affies);

19 January – Rest/reserve day;

20 January – Nepal v Canada (Wanderers), Kenya v Uganda (United), Namibia v Netherlands (Wanderers/Affies);

21 January – Kenya v Netherlands (Wanderers), Namibia v Nepal (United), Canada v Uganda (Wanderers/Affies);

22 January – Rest/reserve day;

23 January – Netherlands v Uganda (Wanderers), Namibia v Canada (United), Nepal v Kenya (Wanderers/Affies);

24 Jan – Final (Wanderers), Third v Fourth play-off (United), Fifth v Sixth play-off (Wanderers/Affies).

The Namibian players are: Nicolaas Scholtz (c), Stephen Baard, Sarel Burger, Merwe Erasmus, Louis Klazinga, Bjorn Kotze, Jean-Pierre Kotze, Bernard Scholtz, Johannes Smit, Christiaan Snyman, Gerrie Snyman, Raymond van Schoor, Craig Williams, Helao ya France.

Their coach is Doug Watson.