Harare – Cricket Namibia scooped two International Cricket Council awards after being named Africa Regional Winners in both ICC Development Initiative of the Year and the ICC Digital Fan Engagement of the Year categories in the 2020 edition of the body’s Development Awards.
The two awards acknowledge the outstanding development initiatives delivered either through a physical participation program or a digitally delivered game development initiative during the year, and the outstanding innovative use of digital platforms, campaigns or technology to drive engagement with fans and the wider community.
The chairman of ICC Associate Members, Imran Kwaja, praised Cricket Namibia for spearheading capacity building programs for players and officials.
“It is undeniable that Cricket Namibia would have ensured more of its players and staff to be better prepared for life outside the boundary rope and the significant increase in the number of coaches attained during this period further underlines the great work done,” said Kwaja.
Cricket Namibia CEO Johan Muller responded to the accolades thus: described the awarding of the two international awards as a great achievement for the Southern Africa ICC associate member.
“We are proud to receive this recognition for both ICC award categories. To be declared Regional winners for Africa and shortlisted from 92 Associate member countries is indeed a great achievement.
“We are humbled to have received these awards; it is a greater honour to be placed in such distinguished ranks as those of the past honourees.”
He added that Cricket Namibia was dedicated to capacitating players, staff and officials, regardless of constraints placed on activities by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The increase in capacity and knowledge of our staff, players, umpires, scorers and coaches was a priority and the lockdown period in 2020 allowed us to focus on these elements,” said Muller.