Erasmus awaits an energetic Ugandan team
By Michael Uugwanga
NAMIBIA’S men senior cricket team captain Gerhard Erasmus whose side is set to take on Uganda’s men senior cricket side, the Cranes in the Castle Light Series, has said that his players need to be on top of their game if they are to win the series.
Namibia will use the Castle Lights Series that is set to take place at Wanderers cricket ground in Windhoek from 2 to 9 April as preparations for the rescheduled T20 World Cup to take place in India in October.
In an interview with Confidente Sport, the 25-year-old skipper said they will need to be on top of their game against an energetic Ugandan team which is also using the series to test their own level of performance against a top ranked team like Namibia.
“The mood is good. We are probably a bit anxious to get going again and to play as a team. We have played a lot against each other, for our clubs and inter squad games – so we want to pull together again and play as a team. This year is a very important one for us with the World Cup in October so this series is a start and we will be looking to get into our work. They (Uganda) are always an energetic side, great fielding unit and thrive for momentum. We’ll be looking to break that down by playing consistent cricket at a very high level,” said Erasmus.
“We are very excited to welcome them. It has been very frustrating to not be able to get internationals in. This is hopefully the start of more tours coming off for us,” he added.
Uganda’s captain Brian Masaba told Confidente Sport that the tour to Namibia will be vital for his team going forward, with Namibia ranked a One Day International (ODI) cricket side unlike Uganda.
“I think like the coach has been mentioning Namibia is where we want to be so we want to test ourselves in terms of how far we are off or how close we are. Namibia is an ODI nation and we are not therefore we shall have to dig deep for us to make sure the tour is worthwhile,” said Masaba.
Communications manager of Uganda Cricket Association (UCA), Denis Musali said the tour is to give the players exposure at an international scale.
“I feel success of the tour won’t be in how many games we won or lost, the target is exposing a new group of players to international cricket and also find out what combinations will work for us going forward. We are not just coming to show up but we coming to give Namibia a run for their money and we should have a very competitive series,” said Musali.