Everything You Need To Know About Namibia Squad for T20 World Cup 2021

Namibia announced its squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Details about them, their team ranking, as well as match schedules, are as follows;

Squad

It came as a pleasant surprise for many when former South African International cricket star David Wiese was chosen to be a part of the final Namibia T20 World Cup squad. David is known for his quick-bowling abilities and batting prowess. He has six ODIs and 20 T20Is under his belt as experience.

Namibia will be making its debut in the T20 World Cup. The squad will be led by Gerhard Erasmus.

The squad consists of young talent who showed promising performance during home-series matches against strong teams from Uganda, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

Let’s have a look at the final selected squad –

  • Gerhard Erasmus (c)
  • Stephen Baard
  • Karl Birkenstock. Michau du Preez
  • Jan Frylinck
  • Zane Green
  • Nicol Lofie-Eaton
  • Bernard Scholtz
  • Ben Shikongo
  • JJ Smit
  • Ruben Trumpelmann
  • Michael van Lingen
  • David Wiese
  • Craig Williams
  • Picky Ya France
  • Mauritius Ngupita (reserve)

Team Ranking

Namibia is placed in Group 1, in the second position with Ireland in the first place. The Netherlands and Sri Lanka are the third and fourth positions, respectively.

Namibia will be looking forward to the tournament as a challenge to prove its prowess.

How did Namibia secure its position in Group 1?

Team Namibia secured a position in Group 1 by securing a place in the semifinals of the T20 World Cup Qualifiers that took place way back in 2019. The tournament was held in the United Arab Emirates.

During the tournament, Captain Erasmus was declared the ‘Player of the Series’!

Match schedule

This will be the first time for team Namibia at the T20 World Cup since the year 2003 when the team participated in the men’s Cricket World Cup which took place in South Africa. Here is a list of the match schedule for team Namibia –

Date Match  Venue
18th Oct 21 Nam vs SL Abu Dhabi
20th Oct 21 Nam vs NL Abu Dhabi
22nd Oct 21 Nam vs Ire Sharjah

 

What are the chances of Namibia taking home the trophy?

Experts are pointing out the fact that aggression is the strong point of Namibia, and this reflects in their overall performance. The final squad selected is a mixture of players who are aggressive and experienced. The selected squad will offer Namibia several spin and seam options that will strengthen their bowling attack. All we have to do is wait and watch if Namibia can cause an upset or two in this high-voltage tournament. All the best to Namibia!

Reference Links:

  1. https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/2247826
  2. http://www.uniindia.com/namibia-name-t20-world-cup-squad/sports/news/2501745.html
  3. https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/former-south-africa-allrounder-david-wiese-to-debut-for-namibia-at-2021-t20-world-cup-1273573