Cricket Namibia still has eye on World Cup

By Michael Uugwanga

CRICKET Namibia is one of the few sport organisations in the country that continues to ensure it is up to date with its daily activities during the shutdown, and has urged national team players to take up home training programs, while it prepares its audit and review policies.

The men’s senior national team are set to be amongst the contenders to play at the T20 Cricket World Cup in Australia in October, but COVID-19 has disrupted preparations not only for Namibia but the rest of the world.

In an interview with Confidente Sport, Cricket Namibia CEO Johan Muller said the senior national team coach and players were regularly in contact, while players are doing home training to keep themselves fit.

“We have started our planning for our school and club season starting in August.

We are preparing our audit and reviewing policies. We have also redone our website in order to provide a better service to our stakeholders. All players have received home training programs and are keeping fit the best way possible. The national coach is also engaging with the players on understanding personal game plans and team strategies,” said Muller.

Last month, the third edition of the Richelieu Namibia Cricket Franchise T20 was disrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak after the Head of State gave a directive to suspend all sporting activities until further notice.

The suspension of sports gatherings could be in place longer due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country that continues to rise, with 16 cases recorded by Monday.

In England, for example, the cricket league is likely to be shifted to 2021 after a call by top cricket leaders in that country for a postponement of the league to next year, but Cricket Namibia is not yet thinking about postponement of its own league.

But the team’s T20 Cricket World Cup preparations now hang in the balance.

“Our last weekend of our club league was affected. We will play these games at a later time in the year. Our schools sixes and mini-cricket leagues were also affected, but these were only friendly competitions. On an international front, our the Castle Lite home series against Netherlands is postponed to next year and the Tri-Series Namibia versus Scotland and Nepal will be played later this year at home soil.

“The difference is that the English season was supposed to start at the end of March. Our school and club season is only due to start from August. We will wait to see the impact before making any decisions. Our focus is always to find ways to play cricket, even if it means to move the season later.

” Muller said.