Guest Contributor | May 16, 2017 | 0
Mammoth task ahead for junior cricketers
Namibia’s junior national side will have a monumental task ahead of them at the T20 U19 World Cup next year as the team has been drawn into group A alongside the hosts Bangladesh, South Africa and Scotland. The tournament is scheduled to take place from 22 January to 14 February.
Cricket Namibia’s (CN) CEO Donovan Zealand, said, “It’s a very tough draw. There is no question about it.” Norbert Manyande will be the head coach for the youthful side.
Currently there are 20 players in camp. The group of players will still undergo regular training in Namibia before heading to a high performance centre in Pretoria/South Africa where the selectors will have one last chance to pick the players that will travel to Bangladesh.
“After Pretoria we will have a good idea of which players we want to take with to Bangladesh,” Zealand continued.
Before the first group game, the junior Eagles will have a chance to gain some valuable experience when they face England and Zimbabwe in two warm-up matches in Bangladesh. Their first encounter against England is set for 23 January while the game against Zimbabwe is scheduled to go down two days later.