Following their successful Intercontinental Cup victory against Hong Kong last month, Cricket Namibia prepares itself for next month’s ICC World T20 Qualifier to be held in Ireland and Scotland.
Cricket Namibia’s Steven Berry said that the team will leave for the United Kingdom on 25 June, to play some warm-up matches in England. From there they will travel to Scotland to play two warm-up matches against Scotland on 6 July and Canada on 7 July. “Currently the players are just doing their normal training and practice session, up until they leave for the UK 10 days before their warm-up matches,” he said. Namibia is in a tough group, Group A and will open its campaign against the 2013 edition winners, Ireland, on 10 July. The other Group A teams will be Nepal, United States, Jersey, Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong. Group B will consist of Afghanistan, UAE, Scotland, Netherlands, Canada, Kenya and Oman. The tournament will see 14 sides, split into two groups of seven, and compete for six available spots in the ICC World Twenty20 2016 in India. The sides that top the two groups at the conclusion of the group stages will automatically qualify for India 2016. Cricket Namibia announced a 15-man team for the series and is as follows: Raymond van Schoor, Gerrie Snyman, Craig Williams, Sarel Burger, Gerhard Erasmus, Nicolaas Scholtz (captain), JP Kotze, Christopher Coombe, Bernard Scholtz, JJ Smit, Stephan Baard, Tiaan Snyman, Zhivago Groenewald, Jason Davidson and Louis Klazinga. While Doug Watson is the coach and will be assisted by Rangarirai Manyande.