Namibia national cricket team

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,[7] and became part of the High Performance Program in 2007.[8] They took part in the 2003 Cricket World Cup in South Africa, though they lost all their games.[9] They have played in each edition of the ICC Intercontinental Cup.

Namibia
Refer to caption
Cricket Namibia logo
Nickname(s)Eagles[1]
AssociationCricket Namibia
Personnel
CaptainMerwe Gerhard Erasmus
CoachPierre de Bruyn
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate Member with ODI status (1992)
ICC regionAfrica
ICC Rankings Current [2] Best-ever
ODI 17th 15th (9-Jan-2020)
T20I 19th 19th (10-Oct-2019)
One Day Internationals
First ODIv.  Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club, Harare; 10 February 2003
Last ODIv.  United Arab Emirates at Oman Cricket Academy, Al Amarat; 9 January 2020
ODIs Played Won/Lost
Total [3] 14 5/9
(0 ties, 0 no result)
This year [4] 3 1/2
(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
First T20Iv.  Ghana at Kyambogo Cricket Oval, Kampala; 20 May 2019
Last T20Iv.  Ireland at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai; 2 November 2019
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total [5] 16 12/4
(0 ties, 0 no result)
This year [6] 0 0/0
(0 ties, 0 no result)
T20 World Cup Qualifier appearances3 (first in 2012)
Best result3rd (2012)
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ODI and T20I kit

As of 20 May 2020

HistoryEdit

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.[10] Namibia then hosted the ICC 6 Nations Challenge in April 2002, finishing fourth.[11] They had a disappointing Africa Cup campaign that September, finishing fourth in their group and beating only Tanzania,[12] and lost four matches against Zimbabwe A a few weeks later.[13] A tour of Kenya subsequent to the Zimbabwean tour was more successful, as Namibia beat Kenya in a four match one-day series.[14] 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.[15] Bangladesh toured in January 2003, winning the five match one-day series 4–1.[16]

The World Cup itself started on 10 February 2003 in Harare with Zimbabwe beating Namibia by 86 runs.[17]

10 February 2003
Scorecard
Zimbabwe  
340/2 (50 overs)
v
  Namibia
104/5 (25.1 overs)
Zimbabwe won by 86 runs (D/L)
Harare Sports Club, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • First ever ODI match for Namibia

Back in South Africa, they lost to Pakistan by 171 runs,[18] 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.[19] They then lost by 181 runs to India[20] and a 256 run defeat against Australia,[21] the eventual winners of the tournament,[9] in what at the time was the biggest winning margin in One Day Internationals, since surpassed by an Indian 257 run win over Bermuda.[22] The tournament finished with a 64 run loss to fellow qualifiers the Netherlands.[23]

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.[24] 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.[25] Bangladesh toured Namibia in February, winning all three one-day games and drawing the three-day game.[26] 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.[27] Namibia played two ICC Intercontinental Cup matches against Kenya and Uganda in 2004, losing them both.[28] In between the two matches, they won an African nations tournament in Zambia.[29] Later in the year, they took part in Zimbabwe's national one-day domestic competition, in which they finished as runners-up.[30] Whilst in Zimbabwe, they won two matches against the national side.[31] This was followed by a visit to Namibia by England, who won both matches.[32]

Zimbabwe A again visited Namibia in early 2005, losing both one-day matches that finished.[33] Pakistan A were the next visitors in April, winning all three one-day matches and drawing in the three-day game.[34] 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.[35] They then visited Ireland to take part in the 2005 ICC Trophy. They finished 7th after beating Denmark in their final play-off game.[36] Back at home, they hosted New Zealand at the end of July, losing both games,[37] losing by only 29 runs after conceding 330/6.[38] 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.[39] The Namibian Cricket Board denied the allegations of racism.[40]

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.[41] 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[42] and third in their group in the one-day tournament, missing out on reaching the semi-finals by one win.[43] 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.[41] On 1 April 2007, they became part of the ICC's High Performance Program.[8]

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.[44] 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.[45]

Namibia won the 2009–10 ICC Intercontinental Shield defeating the United Arab Emirates by six wickets in Dubai.[46] In 2011 Namibia participated in Division Two and finished as runners-up, on this occasion behind the UAE.[47]

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.[48] 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.

2018-PresentEdit

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.[49] Namibia's first T20I match was against Ghana on 20 May 2019 in Regional Final of the 2018–19 ICC World Twenty20 Africa Qualifier tournament.

20 May 2019
13:50
Scorecard
Ghana  
91/7 (20 overs)
v
  Namibia
92/1 (10.5 overs)
Simon Ateak 26 (22)
Zhivago Groenewald 3/20 (4 overs)
Stephan Baard 52* (34)
Vincent Ateak 1/27 (3 overs)
Namibia won by 9 wickets
Kyambogo Cricket Oval, Kampala
Umpires: Iknow Chabi (Zim) and Kehinde Olanbiwonnu (Nga)
Player of the match: Stephan Baard (Nam)
  • Namibia won the toss and elected to field.
  • First ever T20I match for Namibia.


In July 2020, the Namibia Men's team won the ICC Associate Member Men's Performance of the Year award, after gaining One Day International (ODI) status, in the ICC's Annual Development Awards to recognise developing cricketing nations.[50][51]

International groundsEdit

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

RecordsEdit

International match summary – Namibia[52][53]

Last updated 9 January 2020
Playing record
Format M W L T D/NR Inaugural match
One-Day Internationals 14 5 9 0 0 10 February 2003
Twenty20 Internationals 16 12 4 0 0 20 May 2019

One-Day InternationalsEdit

ODI record versus other nations[52]

Records complete to ODI #4227. Last updated 9 January 2020.

Opponent M W L D First match First win
v. Test nations
  Australia 1 0 1 0 27 February 2003
  England 1 0 1 0 19 February 2003
  India 1 0 1 0 23 February 2003
  Pakistan 1 0 1 0 16 February 2003
  Zimbabwe 1 0 1 0 10 February 2003
v. Associate Members
  Netherlands 1 0 1 0 3 March 2003
  Oman 2 2 0 0 27 April 2019 27 April 2019
  Papua New Guinea 2 2 0 0 22 September 2019 22 September 2019
  United Arab Emirates 2 0 2 0 6 January 2020
  United States 2 1 1 0 17 September 2019 20 September 2019

Twenty20 InternationalsEdit

T20I record versus other nations[53]

Records complete to T20I #996. Last updated 2 November 2019.

Opponent M W L T NR First match First win
v. Full members
  Ireland 1 0 1 0 0 2 November 2019
v. Associate Members
  Bermuda 1 1 0 0 0 23 October 2019 23 October 2019
  Botswana 5 5 0 0 0 22 May 2019 22 May 2019
  Ghana 1 1 0 0 0 20 May 2019 20 May 2019
  Kenya 1 1 0 0 0 25 October 2019 25 October 2019
  Netherlands 1 0 1 0 0 19 October 2019
  Oman 1 1 0 0 0 29 October 2019 29 October 2019
  Papua New Guinea 2 0 2 0 0 20 October 2019
  Scotland 1 1 0 0 0 22 October 2019 22 October 2019
  Singapore 1 1 0 0 0 26 October 2019 26 October 2019
  Uganda 1 1 0 0 0 21 May 2019 21 May 2019

Tournament historyEdit

ICC Cricket World CupEdit

ODI World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
  1975 Not eligible[7]
  1979
  1983
    1987
    1992
      1996 Did not qualify
  1999
  2003 Group stage 14/14 6 0 6 0 0
  2007 Did not qualify
      2011
    2015
  2019
  2023 Yet to qualify
Total Group Stage 1/12 6 0 6 0 0

ICC T20 World CupEdit

ICC T20 World Cup
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
  2007 Did not qualify
  2009 Did not qualify
  2010 Did not qualify
  2012 Did not qualify
  2014 Did not qualify
  2016 Did not qualify
  2021 Qualified
  2022 TBD
Total 0 Titles 0/16 0 0 0 0 0

ICC Cricket 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.[7]

ICC T20 World Cup QualifierEdit

ICC Intercontinental CupEdit

ICC World Cricket LeagueEdit

ICC 6 Nations ChallengeEdit

PersonnelEdit

Playing staffEdit

This lists all the active players who have played for the Namibia in the past year (since 12 January 2019) and the forms in which they have played, or any players (in italics) outside this criteria who have been selected in the team's most recent squad.

Key

  • S/N = Shirt number
Name Age Batting style Bowling style Forms S/N Last FC Last ODI Last T20I
Batsmen
Stephan Baard 28 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast ODI, T20I 14   2020   2019
Karl Birkenstock 24 Left-handed Right-arm fast-medium ODI, T20I 92   2020   2019
Niko Davin 22 Right-handed Right-arm leg break T20I 64   2019
Merwe Gerhard Erasmus 25 Right-handed Right-arm off break ODI (C), T20I (C) 7   2020   2019
Wicket-keepers
Zane Green 23 Left-handed ODI, T20I 48   2020   2019
Jean-Pierre Kotze 26 Left-handed ODI, T20I 32   2020   2019
All-rounders
Jan Frylinck 26 Left-handed Left-arm fast-medium ODI (VC), T20I (VC) 49   2020   2019
Nicol Loftie-Eaton 20 Left-handed Right-arm fast ODI 79
JJ Smit 24 Right-handed Left-arm medium-fast ODI, T20I 12   2020   2019
Christi Viljoen 32 Right-handed Right-arm medium ODI, T20I 4   2019   2019
Craig Williams 36 Right-handed Right-arm medium ODI, T20I 46   2020   2019
Pikky Ya France 30 Left-handed Right-arm off break ODI, T20I 23   2020   2019
Pace bowlers
Jan-Izak de Villiers 19 Right-handed Right-arm medium ODI   2020
Tangeni Lungameni 28 Left-handed Left-arm medium T20I 9   2019
Ben Shikongo 20 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast ODI, T20I 47   2020   2019
Spin bowlers
Zhivago Groenewald 27 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox ODI, T20I 45   2019   2019
Mauritius Ngupita 19 Right-handed Right-arm off break ODI
Bernard Scholtz 30 Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox ODI, T20I 1   2020   2019

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
National Coach   Pierre de Bruyn
Specialist coaching consultant   Albie Morkel
National Team Manager   Dayanand Thakur

PlayersEdit

Namibia's squad for 2019 ICC World Cricket League Division Two from 20-27 April 2019.[69]

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
Wicketkeeper
44 Tatenda Taibu (1983-05-14) 14 May 1983 (age 37) RHB Right-arm off-break   Zimbabwe 2006–2007 Zimbabwe
All Rounders
23 Dougie Brown (1969-10-29) 29 October 1969 (age 50) RHB Right arm medium pace   Scotland 2002–2003 Warwickshire CCC
77 Dwaine Pretorius (1989-03-29) 29 March 1989 (age 31) RHB Right arm medium pace   South Africa 2009–2010 Lions
Qasim Sheikh (1984-10-30) 30 October 1984 (age 35) LHB Left arm medium pace   Scotland 2007–2008 Scotland
Bowlers
28 Tony Palladino (1983-06-29) 29 June 1983 (age 37) RHB Right arm medium-fast   England 2009–2010 Derbyshire CCC

Namibians playing overseasEdit

NO Name Age Batting style Bowling style Nationality Duration CURRENT TEAM
All-Rounder
4 Christi Viljoen (1987-09-28) 28 September 1987 (age 32) RHB Right arm fast-medium   Namibia   New Zealand 2010–2014 Otago


See alsoEdit

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Further readingEdit

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