T20 qualifiers are crucial for Nam: Watson

25 Jun 2015 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 25 JUN (NAMPA) - Cricket Namibia coach Doug Watson says the senior national team is ready for the T20 World Cup qualifiers set for Scotland next month.
He told Nampa on Wednesday the games are crucial as Namibia wants to qualify for the International Cricket Cup (ICC) Twenty20 (T20) World Cup in India next year.
“It is very important that we qualify for the World Cup, and so far the team has been training hard and the players have been working hard on their T20 skills,” said Watson.
The team will leave on Thursday for the United Kingdom (UK), where they will play against a Lancashire team on Monday, before travelling to Scotland on Thursday next week.
The 2015 qualifying tournament will be hosted by both Scotland and Ireland, and kicks off on 09 July.
The T20 World Cup is contested by 16 teams comprising 10 ICC members and six associate or affiliate members chosen through qualifiers.
Namibia’s Eagles will be one of 14 nations that will compete in the qualifiers.
Namibia has been drawn in Group A alongside defending champions Ireland, Nepal, United States of America, Jersey, Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong.
Watson said his players will go into the games full force, and make sure they qualify for the “big games” next year.
“Our preparation games in the UK will help us adapt to the weather conditions, which I believe is very important for the players,” he said.
The Namibian team travelling to the UK is made up of Nicolaas Scholtz (captain), Raymond van Schoor, Gerrie Snyman, Craig Williams, Sarel Burger, Gerhard Erasmus, Jean-Pierre Kotze, Christopher Coombe, Bernard Scholtz, JJ Smit, Stephan Baard, Tiaan Snyman, Zhivago Groenewald, Jason Davidson and Louis Klazinga.
Watson will be assisted by Rangarirai Manyande and Bjorn Kotze (bowling coach).
Group B consists of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Afghanistan, Scotland, Netherlands, Canada, Kenya and Oman.