Windhoek – The Botswana and Namibia women’s cricket teams will next month participate in the Kwibuka Tournament in Rwanda as they prepare for the ICC T20 World Cup Africa Qualifiers.
The tournament will include hosts Rwanda, Botswana, Namibia, Nigeria and Uganda. They are among the 10 teams that will participate in the World Cup Qualifiers this year in Botswana.
Cricket Namibia CEO Johan Muller said, “We are glad that we can now have an international competition of our ladies. Our players and coach have worked hard for the last 10 months to improve the level and skills of our players. We are looking forward to seeing what the impact of that would be.”
Namibian is ranked 23rd in the world and is using the Kwibuka Tournament as part of the strategy to be in the top 12 by April 2022.
“The competition is between African countries, so this platform gives us the ideal opportunity to achieve our goals,” Muller added.
Namibia head coach Francois van der Merwe weighed in: “We just want to go play an entertaining brand of cricket and execute all the hard work from the practice sessions and put into action at the Kwibuka Tournament.
“Our players are extremely passionate and committed to making an impact on the world stage. We are looking to compete in the Uganda Tournament later this year and in the Commonwealth Qualifier in January 2022. What we are extremely positive about is the high number of talented Under-19 players we have in our development programmes and who are making significant strides to improve their skills.”
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