Harare – Namibia national cricket team captain Gerhard Erasmus believes the Eagles are ready for their maiden ICC Twenty20 World Cup, which rolls into life on October 17 in the United Arab Emirates.
According to fixtures released Tuesday, the Eagles begin their campaign at their debut World Cup with a date against 2014 champions and two-time runners up Sri Lanka on October 18.
Erasmus said, “The T20 World Cup is a massive event for Cricket Namibia. It is the first major cricketing event for the country, a first qualification in 18-years hence the tournament will be of big value to Cricket Namibia as it puts the country on the map and gives a lot of value to Cricket Namibia.”
The 26-year-old all-rounder said he hoped the tournament would broaden horizons for Namibian cricketers.
“For us players, we are looking forward to this massive event in our lives, as it could propel our cricket careers forward and we are confident of a good outing as there is a lot at stake for us as players,” said the Erasmus.
Namibia are in Group A with Sri Lanka, the Netherlands and Ireland; while Group B consists of hosts Oman, Papua New Guinea, Scotland and Bangladesh.
The top two teams from each group proceed to join the world’s top eight teams in the Super12.
Erasmus said other teams should underestimate the Eagles at their own peril.
“I think our team’s strength over a couple of years has been of the good balance between experienced players and the young guys who have brought in the energy to the team. We have good batsmen that are complimented by good bowlers. All in all, we are very tough team to beat,” he said.
“The match that we are looking forward the most is the first match of the World Cup, because it is the first match for Namibia Cricket at the World Cup. Interestingly our first match will be against previous winners of the T20 World Cup, Sri Lanka. It will be a good one and we are really excited and looking forward to the tie.”
Namibia’s preparations for the global showcase have been going according to plan, and they recently completed a 3-0 T20I series whitewash over the Zimbabwe Emerging side.