Eagles ready to host cricket tourney
At a capping ceremony for the team and the unveiling of the Eagles Pride Campaign, that will promote the national cricket side, Richard Frankle, Cricket Namibia president said that the campaign is to encourage the nation to rally behind the team in the upcoming fixtures.
Edward Fitzgibbon, Development Events Manager of the ICC said at the same event that it is all systems go for the tournament that will see the Eagles led by team coach Dough Watson and captain Nicolaas Scholtz battle it out against Kenya at the Wanderers Cricket Grounds in their opening clash. “Namibia is well prepared for the event and is expected to live up to the high standard they set for hosting international competitions,” Fritzgibbon said. Fritzgibbon said that following last year’s inspection of the tournament venues, all is well with the pitch except for minor work on the wickets at one of the grounds. Fritzgibbon added that a lot is riding on this event which will see the top two teams compete at the ICC Cricket World Cup and the Intercontinental World Cup. He further added that hosting the tournament aims to help associates and teams break the glass ceiling in preparing for the World Cricket Championships. Kenya, Netherlands, Nepal, Canada and three other African teams will participate in the tournament that will have three reserved days for matches. “We are going to get a complete tournament,”he said. Setting aside fears of rain disturbing play.
Cricket Namibia’s newly appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Donovan Zealand is also confident in the team saying that the unveiling of the Eagles pride campaign will give the necessary boast going in to this important tournament.