Cricketers look good for U/19 World Cup

23 July 2012
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WITH just over two weeks left before the Namibia U19 squad departs for Brisbane, Australia to compete in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup; the team’s management are putting the final touches to the side’s preparations.

This included a full in-house camp, which began on Monday. All the players based outside of Namibia gathered in the capital for this final push.

They all worked on finalising and perfecting their individual skills while laying game plans at the four-day camp at the Wanderers in Windhoek.

The players attended a final farewell function at the Namibian Sports Commission on Thursday.

 

Assistant Coach Rangarirai Manyande was upbeat about the team’s prospects in Australia.

“I am very confident in the team’s ability to handle the pressure of playing the full member countries. Namibia plays Zimbabwe and West Indies in two warm-up matches.

“Obviously, these are tough games for us, but we will look to learn from these games. They will also allow us to adapt to the local conditions and make the necessary adjustments. They will play a crucial role in our final preparations before the pool matches.”

Manyande outlined the rest of the pre-tournament preparations. These include two matches at the end of July at the Tukkies High Performance Centre in Pretoria.

The camp at Tukkies HPC will include sessions with Dr Ken Jennings a renowned sport psychologist. He played an instrumental in role the South African 1995 Rugby World Cup victory.

Manager Gareth Cloete was “extremely excited by the prospect of the boys playing full members Sri Lanka, South Africa and Bangladesh”.

“The last time we were victorious over a full member at the U19 CWC was in 2002 against Sri Lanka (Namibia won by four wickets).”

CEO of Cricket Namibia Graham McMillan this week said the team leaves for South Afrcia on Saturday before they depart for Australia on 1 August for the finals.

“We leave the country on Saturday. The team looks good and we are hopeful we can do well over there in Australia.”

The Team: Wian Van Vuuren,   Justin Baard,   Pelham Myburgh, MP Delport, Steven Baard (Capt), Gerhard Erasmus (Vice Capt), Xander Pitchers, Bredell Wessels, Zhivago Groenewald, Luke Bolton, Christopher Coombe, Jano Coetzee, Jason Davidson, Malan Kruger and Andre Engelbrecht.

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