Namibian cricket's wonderful journey continued with the announcement on Tuesday that it’ll co-host the Cricket World Cup together with South Africa and Zimbabwe in 2027.
Sizzling off the heels of Namibia's good performances on the T20 World Cup within the UAE, the newest information has despatched a flurry of pleasure via the native cricket group and underlined Namibian cricket's rising stature on the world stage.
Will probably be the primary time that Namibia will co-host a significant worldwide World Cup match, and the primary time in 24 years that the Cricket World Cup returns to Africa since South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya co-hosted it in 2003.
Cricket Namibia's CEO Johan Muller stated it’ll present an enormous enhance for Namibia.
"The entire nation will profit from the publicity and it is going to be an enormous enhance for Namibian tourism. With the highest nations on the planet coming we are able to anticipate an enormous inflow of vacationers, so it’ll present an financial enhance for Namibia, in addition to new enterprise alternatives," he stated.
"We have now been allotted one stadium to host matches, however we don't know what number of matches we’ll host but and who will play, as a result of the entire qualifying course of should nonetheless happen," he stated, including that the venue should additionally nonetheless be confirmed.
Ït's not venue-based and it gained't essentially be at Wanderers," he stated, including that Cricket Namibia was nonetheless within the technique of constructing its personal floor.
Muller stated that Namibia's efficiency on the T20 World Cup didn’t affect the choice, as a result of the bid paperwork needed to be submitted a month earlier than the World Cup. He additionally lauded the position that Patricia Kambarami, the ICC regional growth supervisor for Africa performed together with Cricket South Africa.
"Patricia initiated the entire course of; she had lots of negotiations with Cricket South Africa about our involvement within the World Cup over a five-month interval. She confirmed lots of dedication and now it has develop into a actuality," he stated, including that Cricket Namibia shall be as much as the duty to host an amazing occasion.
"Concerning capability, we must guarantee that it’s effectively organised and if we’d like help, we’ll discover out from the very best what to do."
Concerning the T20 World Cup, Muller stated the nationwide staff had exceeded their expectations.
"We’re very pleased with our staff's efficiency on the T20 World Cup. We had been quietly optimistic that we'd beat one Affiliate member nation, however then with every win we set new targets, and to beat the Netherlands, Eire and Scotland who’re all ranked above us is an unbelievable achievement."
Cricket, in the meantime continues unabated with the native 50-over league having began final weekend, whereas the nationwide staff will as soon as once more be in motion from subsequent weekend, when Namibia hosts a three-nation Cricket World Cup League 2 match towards Oman and the UAE.
The match types a part of the 2023 Cricket World Cup qualification course of, which began two years in the past and shall be concluded in early 2023.
Oman have established a giant lead on the prime of the go browsing 27 factors from 18 matches, adopted by Scotland on 16 from 12 matches and the US on 14 from 16 matches.
They’re adopted by Nepal and Namibia who’re each on eight factors, though they’ve solely performed eight and 7 matches respectively, and shall be trying to slim the hole on the coming match.