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Cricket Namibia ropes in former SA cricket all-rounder Morkel, to beef up coaching department

Cricket Namibia ropes in former SA cricket all-rounder Morkel, to beef up coaching department

Cricket Namibia a fortnight ago announced the appointment of Albie Morkel as a specialist coaching consultant with effect from this month.

According to a statement on the Cricket Namibia website, Albie is one of the most recognised names in world cricket. He is an exceptional all-rounder batting left handed and bowling right arm medium fast.

“I would like to thank Cricket Namibia for the opportunity. Cricket has given me so much, and to add this coaching stint, is something that I’m really grateful for. I can’t wait to add value to the team, and alongside Pierre and the coaching team to help the players develop. There’s a lot at stake and it would be great to see Cricket Namibia reaching their full potential,” said Morkel:

The new national coach, Pierre de Bruyn said as part of the High-Performance vision and approach, he is pleased to welcome Albie on board.

“His track record speaks for itself and as a very successful Titans captain over the past few years, Albie’s knowledge and leadership will be valuable for all the players to gain from,” he added.

Meanwhile Peter Forster Cricket Namibia CEO said the appointment is part of the strategic plan developed by Cricket Namibia to optimise the performance of our national teams on the international stage.

“While the April 2019 qualification tournament for the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 is the first and highest profile series of matches in the immediate future, our ongoing future development is of equal importance as we seek to rise in the international rankings and bring greater exposure to all aspects of cricket,” he added.

According to Forster, Morkel will work with the new national coach, Pierre de Bruyn.

Meanwhile, Morkel has had an extraordinary career and has represented South Africa in 58 ODIs between 2004 and 2012, 50 T20s between 2005 and 2015 and in 1 test in 2009. In addition to his 50 international T20 matches, he has also played a further 318 T20 matches and is considered to be one of the most experienced limited overs cricketers in world cricket.

During his career he scored a total of 13,770 runs in various formats, taken 742 wickets and bowled 27 800 deliveries. His experience is immense, varied of the highest standard. During his career he has represented Easterns, the Titans, Chennai Super Kings, Durham, Somerset, Derbyshire, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Daredevils, Rising Pune Supergiants and Durban Heat.


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