De Bruyn gives kudos to cricket captain
By Michael Uugwanga
COACH of the country’s men senior cricket team, the Eagles, Pierre de Bruyn has paid tribute to his captain Gerhard Erasmus for his leadership qualities, notably in the recent Castle Lite Series wins against Uganda and South Africa Emerging side.
The series took place in Windhoek as part of preparations to the rescheduled 2021 International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s T20 World Cup.
The Eagles will be expected to rub shoulders with some of the world’s top cricket playing nations at theT20 World Cup slated for India from 18 October 18 to November 15.
The appearance at the Men’s T20 World Cup will be Namibia’s first at a senior World Cup since they featured in the 50 overs event in 2003.
De Bruyn comments came after seeing his team beat South Africa in the T20 Castle Lite Series last weekend at Wanderers in Pioneers Park, Windhoek, followed with the one-day match win series over South Africa Emerging side in the 50 overs, also at Wanderers.
The Eagles have been involved in numerous preparations ahead of the World Cup such as playing in the Castle Lite Series on home soil.
“Gerhard (Erasmus) from a betting perspective just showed his class in leadership, his quality as you know that he is not just a good cricketer, but he is also a good person and he is a good captain as he leads from the front and his presence is excellent and for me as a coach to have a leader like Gerhard, it makes my job very easy, as a result I want to give Gerhard a lot of credit as captain,” said de Bruyn.
De Bruyn also said that when it comes to selection of the team, his captain is always involved in the decision making.
“You know we share in selection, tactical plans, and what a coach wants, so there is a lot on a captain’s plate and for Gerhard to have the innings he played recently , it is just a sign of a good leader we have in this country. He is a role model for every young person as he just makes you feel warm, comfortable and safe especially if things are tough in the dressing room or on the field.”
If Erasmus and his team are to compete, they will need to be a collective unit.
“The series is a huge win for us…as matches went ahead we just showed lots of character and courage from this team. Every player contributed to the success of the team,” De Bruyn said.