Harare – The Namibia men’s national cricket team, the Eagles, are finalising their ICC Twenty20 World Cup preparations by hosting a South Africa Emerging side in a limited overs Castle Lite Series.
The sides will clash in three T20s and three One-day Internationals at Wanderers from April 23 to May 1, with Namibia coach Pierre de Bruyn expected to use the matches to fine tune the team for the World Cup in Australia this October.
“This is an exciting time for Namibia to host a competitive Emerging South African team, which is aligned with CN’s obligation to bring high quality cricket to our country and supporters.
“Having the opportunity to host the SA Emerging team is not only the first time in many years, but also a great chance for the Eagles to measure ourselves against a team from a Test-playing nation.
“These Emerging players are the next crop of players to represent the Proteas in the future. For the Eagles, we are excited for the challenge and we will build and compete with confidence and pride. The Eagles showed a lot of character and courage during the Uganda series and we will build on that,” said de Bruyn.
De Bruyn’s opposite, Malibongwe Maketa, anticipates a tough series against the Eagles.
“The Namibian team has always been strong, and we face them at a time when they are also looking to qualify for the T20 World Cup. Playing a full-strength team in their own conditions will undoubtedly be tough and offer a real test for the guys in our programme,” said Maketa.
Cricket Namibia CEO Johan Muller said he was pleased to see more international competition coming their way.
“International cricket is on the increase and it is important that our team is ready for the start of the Cricket World League 2 Tri-Series, but also ensure that our continuous preparation towards the World Cup stays on track. We are fresh from a successful series against Uganda and were pleased to see that the work during the Covid-19 pandemic paid off,” said Muller.
Namibia Squad: Gerhard Merwe Erasmus (C), Tangeni Lungameni, JP Kotze, Maurituis Ngupita, JJ Smit, Jan Frylinck, Karl Birkenstock, Ben Shikongo, Bernard Scholtz, Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Craig Williams, Michael van Lingen, Stephen Baard, Dewald Nell, Ruben Trumpelmann, Zane Green, Shaun Fouche