07 Feb 2015 09:10am
WINDHOEK, 06 FEB ( NAMPA) - Cricket Namibia's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Donovan Zealand says 2015 will be a busy year for them as they attempt to participate in more competitions.
He told Nampa on Thursday that they are ready to take on the challenge of every competition they will take part in.
Zealand stated that both the senior and under-19 cricket teams will be overly busy.
Namibia was recently promoted to the World Cricket League (WCL) Division 1 together with 2015 Pepsi International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League Division 2 champions, the Netherlands.
The Namibian cricket team finished second behind the Netherlands during the WCL Division 2 tournament, which ran here from 07 to 14 January 2015.
Kenya and Nepal ended third and fourth in that tournament.
Namibia and the Netherlands had secured inclusion in the WCL Championship and the Intercontinental Cup where they were set to play against Division 1 teams United Arab Emirates (UAE), Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea.
However, the International Cricket Council (ICC) on 28 January announced that the top Division 1 teams Afghanistan and Ireland would join the top 10 Test-nations in a rankings-based qualification system for the 2019 World Cup.
This means that Afghanistan and Ireland will no longer play in the WCL Championship, and their places have now been taken by Kenya and Nepal.
Namibia and the Netherlands will further receive a major financial boost for their efforts.
The senior cricket team were busy with the Sunfoil three-day match against Easterns from 05 to 07 February in Windhoek.
They will take on the same team on Sunday for the South Africa Cricket SA (CSA) Provincial 50-overs Challenge.
Meanwhile, the U-19 team were due to depart for Zimbabwe on Friday to prepare for the Pepsi ICC Africa Championship set for 14 February in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The tournament's winning team will qualify for the U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh.