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Inaugural global T20 tournament to take place in Windhoek next month

Inaugural global T20 tournament to take place in Windhoek next month

Cricket Namibia will host an inaugural Global T20 Cricket tournament featuring some of the biggest names in domestic and franchise T20 cricket from 1 to 9 September in Windhoek.

The Lahore Qalandars from Pakistan and the DP World Lions from South Africa will face Namibia’s men’s national development team, the Richelieu Eagles, led by captain Gerhard Erasmus, Cricket Namibia said in a statement.

The teams will play each other twice in the tournament, with the top two sides set to meet in the final on 5 September. Following the T20 matches, the Richelieu Eagles will then meet Lahore Qalandars in two 50-over games on 7 and 9 September.

The tournament will serve as perfect preparation for their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup campaign that starts the following month, and will be a perfect platform to prepare for the 2027 ICC Men’s World Cup, which Namibia will co-host with South Africa and Zimbabwe, Cricket Namibia CEO, Johan Muller said.

“We are extremely excited to announce this tournament. We believe there is value in a team-based tournament creating the platform for future stars to be seen,” he added.

Muller said inviting top domestic teams from prominent cricket nations will attract high domestic and international interest while delivering quality on-field entertainment.

Lahore Qalandars Chief Operating Officer, Sameen Rana in the statement expressed his thrill of taking part in the unique tournament.

“This first edition will allow our young players to continue their development against two excellent teams and test their skills in different conditions to what we’re used to,” he said.

Responsible for producing some of South Africa’s talents in recent years, the Johannesburg-based DP World Lions have the likes of current South Africa national team limited-overs captain, Temba Bavuma and fast-bowler Kagiso Rabada in their ranks when they compete domestically.

“Our excellent relationship with Cricket Namibia continues and the fact that they are uniting these three teams from three different nations is a major drawcard for us at Lions Cricket,” concluded DP World Lions CEO, Jono Leaf-Wright.


 

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