Former South Africa all-rounder David Wiese has been included in Namibia’s squad for this year’s T20 World Cup.
Wiese qualified by descent since his father was born in Namibia. This will be Wiese’s second T20 World Cup, five years after his first, for South Africa.
Wiese last played an international match in 2016 before signing a Kolpak deal with Sussex in 2017. He has picked up 24 wickets, with a best of 5 for 23, in 20 T20Is. Namibia also have South Africa-born Pierre de Bruyn (head coach) and Albie Morkel as part of their management team.
Namibia will be led by Gerard Erasmus but the team will be without opener JP Kotze and spinner Zhivago Groenewald, who have retired from international cricket since the World Cup Qualifier in 2019.
This will be Namibia’s first appearance in the T20 World Cup after they beat Oman in the playoffs of the qualifiers in Dubai in October 2019 to qualify for the main event. Namibia’s first match will be against Sri Lanka on October 18 before also facing Netherlands and Ireland in Group A of the first round. Two teams from each group in the first round will qualify for the Super-12 stage.
Namibia Squad: Gerhard Erasmus (captain), Stephan Baard, Karl Birkenstock, Michau du Preez, Jan Frylinck, Zane Green, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo, JJ Smit, Ruben Trumpelmann, Michael van Lingen, David Wiese, Craig Williams, Pikky Ya France, Mauritius Ngupita (reserve). – ESPNcricinfo