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The Namibia national cricket team is the team that represents the Republic of Namibia and is governed by Cricket Namibia, an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1992,[3] and became part of the High Performance Program in 2007.[4] They took part in the 2003 Cricket World Cup in South Africa, though they lost all their games.[5] They have played in each edition of the ICC Intercontinental Cup.

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Cricket Namibia logo
AssociationCricket Namibia
CaptainGerhard Erasmus
CoachPierre de Bruyn
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate member with T20 status (1992)
ICC regionAfrica
One Day Internationals
First ODIv  Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club, Harare; 10 February 2003
Last ODIv  Netherlands at Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein; 3 March 2003
ODIs Played Won/Lost
Total [1] 6 0/6
(0 ties, 0 no result)
World Cup appearances1 (first in 2003)
Best resultFirst round (2003)
World Cup Qualifier appearances6 (first in 1994)
Best resultRunner-up (2001)
Twenty20 Internationals
World Twenty20 Qualifier appearances3 (first in 2012)
Best result3rd (2012)
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One-day kit

As of 2 January 2019

In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Namibia and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 will be a full T20I.[6]



2003 World CupEdit

The road to the 2003 Cricket World Cup started with the 2001 ICC Trophy in Canada. Namibia reached the final at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club, losing to the Netherlands, but still qualifying for their first World Cup.[7] Namibia then hosted the ICC 6 Nations Challenge in April 2002, finishing fourth.[8] They had a disappointing Africa Cup campaign that September, finishing fourth in their group and beating only Tanzania,[9] and lost four matches against Zimbabwe A a few weeks later.[10] A tour of Kenya subsequent to the Zimbabwean tour was more successful, as Namibia beat Kenya in a four match one-day series.[11] Following this, Namibia took part in the top level of South African domestic one-day cricket, the Standard Bank Cup, but lost all five of their games.[12] Bangladesh toured in January 2003, winning the five match one-day series 4–1.[13]

The World Cup itself started on 10 February 2003 in Harare with Zimbabwe beating Namibia by 86 runs.[14] Back in South Africa, they lost to Pakistan by 171 runs,[15] before a 55 run defeat at the hands of England in which Namibia performed with some credit, Jan-Berrie Burger winning the man of the match award for his innings of 85 that almost helped Namibia pull off an unlikely upset.[16] They then lost by 181 runs to India[17] and a 256 run defeat against Australia,[18] the eventual winners of the tournament,[5] in what at the time was the biggest winning margin in One Day Internationals, since surpassed by an Indian 257 run win over Bermuda.[19] The tournament finished with a 64 run loss to fellow qualifiers the Netherlands.[20]

After the World CupEdit

In August 2003, Zimbabwe A toured Namibia. Namibia won the one-day series 2–1, but lost both three-day games.[21] A return visit to Zimbabwe the following January saw Namibia win a five match one-day series against Zimbabwe A 4–1, also winning a match against Zimbabwe Under-19s.[22] Bangladesh toured Namibia in February, winning all three one-day games and drawing the three-day game.[23] Following this, Namibia travelled to the United Arab Emirates for the 2004 ICC Six Nations Challenge. They finished third on run rate after beating Canada, the Netherlands and the UAE and losing to Scotland and the USA.[24] Namibia played two ICC Intercontinental Cup matches against Kenya and Uganda in 2004, losing them both.[25] In between the two matches, they won an African nations tournament in Zambia.[26] Later in the year, they took part in Zimbabwe's national one-day domestic competition, in which they finished as runners-up.[27] Whilst in Zimbabwe, they won two matches against the national side.[28] This was followed by a visit to Namibia by England, who won both matches.[29]

Zimbabwe A again visited Namibia in early 2005, losing both one-day matches that finished.[30] Pakistan A were the next visitors in April, winning all three one-day matches and drawing in the three-day game.[31] This was followed by their two regional group games in the 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup. Whilst they were unbeaten, winning against Uganda and drawing against Kenya, this was not enough to qualify for the semi-finals.[32] They then visited Ireland to take part in the 2005 ICC Trophy. They finished 7th after beating Denmark in their final play-off game.[33] Back at home, they hosted New Zealand at the end of July, losing both games,[34] losing by only 29 runs after conceding 330/6.[35] In October of that year, they hosted the semi-finals of the Intercontinental Cup, despite failing to qualify. While the final was being played, they played a two match one-day series against Bermuda after they had been knocked out of the tournament, winning both games, but the games were tarnished by controversial incidents, with the Bermuda team accusing the Namibian team of racist insults, and walking off in the second game when a flurry of bouncers were unleashed at the lower order Bermuda batsmen.[36] The Namibian Cricket Board denied the allegations of racism.[37]

Present dayEdit

In March 2006, Namibia met Nepal in a challenge match to decide who got the eighth and final spot in the 2006 ICC Intercontinental Cup. The match was drawn, with Namibia getting a first innings lead, thus qualifying them for the main tournament. The main tournament itself started with an innings defeat by Scotland in Aberdeen before a five wicket defeat by Ireland in Dublin, both matches in May.[38] In the 2006-07 South African cricket season, Namibia took part in the second tier of first-class and List A cricket, the South African Airways Challenge. They finished second in their group in the three-day tournament[39] and third in their group in the one-day tournament, missing out on reaching the semi-finals by one win.[40] In the midst of the matches in those tournaments, they played their third and final 2006 Intercontinental Cup match, beating the UAE by an innings.[38] On 1 April 2007, they became part of the ICC's High Performance Program.[4]

In November/December 2007, Namibia hosted Division Two of the World Cricket League where they played against Argentina, Denmark, Oman, the UAE and Uganda. Although Namibia won three of their five group matches, it was not enough for them to progress to the final. Namibia beat Denmark in the third place playoff. On the basis of their top four finish in this tournament, Namibia qualified for the ICC World Cup Qualifier in 2009, the final tournament in qualification for the 2011 World Cup.

Namibia again took part in the second tier of South African domestic cricket between October 2007 and February 2008.[41] They played a 2007-08 ICC Intercontinental Cup match against Canada in October 2007, playing the remaining games against Bermuda, Ireland, Kenya, the Netherlands, Scotland and the UAE in 2008.[42]

Namibia won the 2009–10 ICC Intercontinental Shield defeating the United Arab Emirates by six wickets in Dubai.[43] In 2011 Namibia participated in Division Two and finished as runners-up, on this occasion behind the UAE.[44]

In July 2011, the country competed in the ICC Twenty20 World Cricket League Africa Division One competition in Uganda, winning all eight group matches before succumbing to the hosts in the Final by six wickets.[45] During this tournament, all-rounder Louis van der Westhuizen struck 16 sixes in an innings of 159* against Kenya, as part of a team total of 262/1 from 20 overs.

International groundsEdit

Locations of all stadiums which have hosted an international cricket match within Namibia


International Match Summary – Namibia[46]

Playing Record
Format M W L T D/NR Inaugural Match
One Day Internationals 6 0 6 0 0 10 February 2003

One Day InternationalsEdit

ODI record versus other nationsEdit

Opponent M W L D First Match First win
vs Test nations
v   Australia 1 0 1 0 27 February 2003
v   England 1 0 1 0 19 February 2003
v   India 1 0 1 0 23 February 2003
v   Pakistan 1 0 1 0 16 February 2003
v   Zimbabwe 1 0 1 0 10 February 2003
vs Associate Members
v   Netherlands 1 0 1 0 3 March 2003

Most ODI runs for Namibia

Player Runs Average Career Span
Jan-Berrie Burger 199 33.16 2003
Daniel Keulder 132 22.00 2003
Gavin Murgatroyd 90 15.00 2003
Deon Kotzé 82 16.40 2003
Melt van Schoor 58 14.50 2003

Highest individual score

Player Score Opposition Year
Jan-Berrie Burger 85   England 2003
Daniel Keulder 52   Netherlands 2003
Gavin Murgatroyd 52   Netherlands 2003
Morne Karg 41   Netherlands 2003
Deon Kotzé 27   India 2003

Most ODI wickets for Namibia

Player Wickets Average Career Span
Rudi van Vuuren 8 37.25 2003
Louis Burger 6 49.50 2003
Gerrie Snyman 6 46.83 2003
Jan-Berrie Burger 3 34.66 2003
Björn Kotzé 3 92.00 2003

Tournament historyEdit

World CupEdit

World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
  1975 Not eligible[3]
      1996 Did not qualify
  2003 Group stage 14/14 6 0 6 0 0
  2007 Did not qualify
Total Group Stage 1/12 6 0 6 0 0

ICC Intercontinental CupEdit

ICC World Twenty20 QualifierEdit

World Cricket LeagueEdit

ICC 6 Nations ChallengeEdit

  • 2000: Did not participate[48]
  • 2002: 1st place[8]
  • 2004: 3rd place[24]

ICC World Cup QualifierEdit

Namibia did not play in the ICC Trophy between 1979 and 1990 as they were not a member of the ICC at the time.[3]


Playing staffEdit

No. Name Birthplace Birth date Batting style Bowling style Notes
2 Louis van der Westhuizen   Namibia (1988-03-01) 1 March 1988 (age 31) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
7 Gerhard Erasmus   Namibia (1995-04-11) 11 April 1995 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
14 Stephan Baard   Namibia (1992-04-29) 29 April 1992 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm medium pace
23 Pikky Ya France   Namibia (1990-04-23) 23 April 1990 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm slow
26 Jean Bredenkamp   South Africa (1993-01-12) 12 January 1993 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm medium pace
42 Michau du Preez   Namibia (1996-01-03) 3 January 1996 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
64 Niko Davin   Namibia (1997-12-07) 7 December 1997 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
- Wessel Myburgh   Namibia (1990-05-31) 31 May 1990 (age 28) Right-handed
12 JJ Smit   Namibia (1995-11-10) 10 November 1995 (age 23) Right-handed Left-arm medium-fast
49 Jan Frylinck   Namibia (1994-04-06) 6 April 1994 (age 24) Left-handed Left-arm fast-medium Captain
79 Nicol Loftie-Eaton   Namibia (2000-03-15) 15 March 2000 (age 19) Left-handed Right-arm medium pace
92 Karl Birkenstock   Namibia (1996-03-27) 27 March 1996 (age 22) Left-handed Right-arm medium pace
6 Lohan Louwrens   Namibia (1999-04-24) 24 April 1999 (age 19) Right-handed
32 Jean-Pierre Kotze   Namibia (1994-04-23) 23 April 1994 (age 24) Left-handed
48 Zane Green   Namibia (1996-10-11) 11 October 1996 (age 22) Left-handed
1 Bernard Scholtz   Namibia (1990-10-03) 3 October 1990 (age 28) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
9 Tangeni Lungameni   Namibia (1992-04-17) 17 April 1992 (age 26) Leftt-handed Left-arm medium pace
35 Christopher Coombe   Namibia (1993-07-13) 13 July 1993 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm medium pace
39 Tiaan Snyman   Namibia (1996-05-04) 4 May 1996 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm medium pace
45 Zhivago Groenewald   Namibia (1993-06-08) 8 June 1993 (age 25) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
51 Petrus Burger   Namibia (1999-11-03) 3 November 1999 (age 19) Right-handed Right-arm off spin
96 Colin Peake   Namibia (1989-09-11) 11 September 1989 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
Danie van Schoor   Namibia (1996-01-30) 30 January 1996 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm off spin

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
National Coach   Pierre de Bruyn
Specialist coaching consultant   Albie Morkel
National Team Manager   Gareth Cloete

Current SquadEdit

Former playersEdit

NO Name Date of birth Date of death Batting style Bowling style Nationality Duration
Wicket-Keeper Batsman †
† 27 Raymond van Schoor 23 May 1990 20 November 2015(2015-11-20) (aged 25) RHB Right arm fast-medium   Namibia 2007–2015

Overseas/foreign playersEdit

NO Name Age Batting style Bowling style Nationality Duration MAJOR TEAMS
44 Tatenda Taibu (1983-05-14) 14 May 1983 (age 35) RHB Right-arm off-break   Zimbabwe 2006–2007 Zimbabwe
All Rounders
23 Dougie Brown (1969-10-29) 29 October 1969 (age 49) RHB Right arm medium pace   Scotland 2002–2003 Warwickshire CCC
77 Dwaine Pretorius (1989-03-29) 29 March 1989 (age 29) RHB Right arm medium pace   South Africa 2009–2010 Lions
Qasim Sheikh (1984-10-30) 30 October 1984 (age 34) LHB Left arm medium pace   Scotland 2007–2008 Scotland
28 Tony Palladino (1983-06-29) 29 June 1983 (age 35) RHB Right arm medium-fast   England 2009–2010 Derbyshire CCC

Namibians playing overseasEdit

NO Name Age Batting style Bowling style Nationality Duration CURRENT TEAM
4 Christi Viljoen (1987-09-28) 28 September 1987 (age 31) RHB Right arm fast-medium   Namibia   New Zealand 2010–2014 Otago

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "ODI matches - Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  2. ^ "ODI matches - 2019 Team records". ESPNcricinfo.
  3. ^ a b c Namibia at CricketArchive
  4. ^ a b Denmark added to ICC High Performance Program Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine, ICC Europe Media Release, 20 December 2006 at European Cricket Council
  5. ^ a b 2003 World Cup at Cricinfo
  6. ^ "All T20 matches between ICC members to get international status". International Cricket Council. 26 April 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  7. ^ a b Scorecard of 2001 ICC Trophy Final, 15 July 2001 at Cricket Archive
  8. ^ a b 2002 ICC 6 Nations Challenge Points Table at Cricket Archive
  9. ^ 2002 Africa Cup at CricketEurope
  10. ^ Namibia in Zimbabwe 2002/03 at Cricket Archive
  11. ^ Namibia in Kenya 2002/03 at Cricket Archive
  12. ^ Standard Bank Cup 2002/03 Points Table at Cricket Archive
  13. ^ Bangladesh in Namibia 2002/03 at Cricket Archive
  14. ^ Scorecard of Zimbabwe v Namibia, 10 February 2003 at Cricket Archive
  15. ^ Scorecard of Namibia v Pakistan, 16 February 2003 at Cricket Archive
  16. ^ Scorecard of England v Namibia, 19 February 2003 at Cricket Archive
  17. ^ Scorecard of India v Namibia, 23 February 2003 at Cricket Archive
  18. ^ Scorecard of Australia v Namibia, 27 February 2003 at Cricket Archive
  19. ^ ODIs – Highest winning margins at Cricinfo
  20. ^ Scorecard of Namibia v Netherlands, 3 March 2003 at Cricket Archive
  21. ^ Zimbabwe A in Namibia 2003/04 at Cricket Archive
  22. ^ Namibia in Zimbabwe 2003/04 at Cricket Archive
  23. ^ Bangladesh in Namibia 2003/04 at Cricket Archive
  24. ^ a b 2004 ICC 6 Nations Challenge at CricketEurope
  25. ^ a b 2004 Intercontinental Cup at CricketEurope
  26. ^ Points Table for 2004 African tournament at Cricinfo
  27. ^ Faithwear Clothing Inter-Provincial One-Day Competition 2004/05 Points Table at Cricket Archive
  28. ^ Namibia in Zimbabwe 2004/05 at Cricket Archive
  29. ^ England in Namibia 2004/05 at Cricket Archive
  30. ^ Zimbabwe A in Namibia 2004/05 at Cricket Archive
  31. ^ Pakistan A in Namibia 2004/05 at Cricket Archive
  32. ^ a b 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup at CricketEurope
  33. ^ a b Scorecard of Denmark v Namibia, 11 July 2005 at Cricket Archive
  34. ^ New Zealand in Namibia 2005/06 at Cricket Archive
  35. ^ Scorecard of Namibia v New Zealand, 30 July 2005 at Cricket Archive
  36. ^ Racism, rows and a walk-off tarnish 'friendly' one-dayers by Cricinfo staff, 30 October 2005 at Cricinfo
  37. ^ Bermuda's allegations 'rejected with contempt' by Cricinfo staff, 4 November 2005 at Cricinfo
  38. ^ a b c 2006 ICC Intercontinental Cup at CricketEurope
  39. ^ 2006/07 South African Airways Provincial Three-Day Challenge points table at Cricket Archive
  40. ^ 2006/07 South African Airways Provincial One-Day Challenge points table at Cricket Archive
  41. ^ Namibia to continue in South African provincial cricket by Andrew Nixon, 29 June 2007 at CricketEurope
  42. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 June 2007. Retrieved 21 July 2007.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  43. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 February 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  45. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 January 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  49. ^ Scorecard of Denmark v Namibia, 1 March 1994 at Cricket Archive
  50. ^ Scorecard of Malaysia v Namibia, 4 April 1997 at Cricket Archive
  51. ^ "7th Place Play-off: Namibia v United Arab Emirates at Krugersdorp, Apr 19, 2009 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo". Retrieved 2016-10-25.

Further readingEdit

  • South African Cricket Annual – various editions
  • Wisden Cricketers' Almanack – various editions
  • Cricket Namibia official site