Harare – Two months before the International Cricket Council Twenty20 World Cup rolls into life, debutants Namibia are leaving no stone unturned in their preparations for the limited overs global showcase.
As part of Namibia senior men’s cricket team preparations for the tournament in the UAE and Oman in October, the Eagles will lock horns with Zimbabwe emerging cricket side in six limited overs matches from August 14 to 22.
The two Southern Africa sides will battle it out in three T20 and three 50-over games at Wanderers Cricket Ground.
Eagles coach Pierre de Bruyn said, “I feel that the timing of these matches is crucial to allow the players to prepare their roles as well as to compete for a place in the World Cup squad.
“In T20 Cricket, it is the intensity of the format that will test you and put you under pressure, the more you practice and experience the level of intensity, the better for the player. This is also a great opportunity to give the whole squad game time to create a healthy competitive environment.”
Namibia were drawn against Ireland, the Netherlands and Sri Lanka in Group A of the World Cup. Group B consists of Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and Oman
The World Cup will be held in two phases, with eight teams battling it out in the first round for four slots in the Super 12, which will be the main event of the tournament.
Namibia Men National Squad: Gerhard Merwe Erasmus (C), 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, Michiel du Preez, Picky Ya FranceManagement: Pierre de Bruyn (head coach), Albie Morkel (assistant coach)