THINGS are heating up and Cricket Namibia still has some anxiety about Craig Williams’ recovery as they prepare to take on Kenya late in September in the ICC Intercontinental Cup fixtures.
According to Cricket Namibia’s head coach Johan Rudolph, Williams is back in the thick of things. Williams ruptured his shoulder in May and they expected him to be out for about five to six months.
“I can tell you now that Craig has started with light training today [Monday this week] and he is determined to come with us for the Kenya games.
“His recovery is unbelievable. Hopefully, he will be ready to go with us and play well like he always does,” Rudolph said of the 28-year-old all-rounder, Craig Williams, who is a crucial member of the team and is key to Namibia’s success.
Another player making great strides with adding quality to the team is Louis Klazinga and according to his coach, he has broken new ground as far as reaching a higher level.
“Louis is very much back. He is done with rehabilitation and is now doing gym work. It looks really good. These players will add value to the team,” Rudolph confirmed.
Rudolph is also assessing players such as all-rounder Louis van der Westhuizen as well as Ian Opperman.
“Ian is keeping very fit at his varsity, the University of Potchefstroom, and we need all our good players. We are also waiting for the English-based trio Christi Viljoen, Raymond van Schoor and Gerrie Snyman.
“We will also be assessing the youngsters doing duty in Australia at the ICC Under-19 World Cup. We need to include some players from there and we are very positive indeed,” Rudolph added.
The ICC rescheduled Namibia to play Kenya at the Mombasa Sports Club Ground, Mombasa on the following dates: the ICC Intercontinental Cup four-day match will take place from 27-30 September.
Two one-day internationals will follow on 2 October and 4 October for the 50-over Pepsi ICC WCL Championship.
However, Namibia coach Rudolph stated that they are still waiting for the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) final confirmation about the venue for the fixtures.
“The biggest concern at the moment is the venue and the ICC will pronounce itself on the matter soon. Otherwise we will play Kenya and we need to beat them by at least 20 points in the four-day match to move into fourth place on the table,” Rudolph explained.