U-19 cricket team gear up for 2016 World Cup

22 Aug 2015 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 22 AUG (NAMPA) – Cricket Namibia and the University of Pretoria’s High Performance Centre (HPC) have signed an agreement to help prepare Namibia’s Under-19 cricket team for the U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in January 2016.
This was announced at a media briefing in Windhoek on Friday.
The HPC in Pretoria is an elite sports facility, which annually attracts international athletes and sporting bodies for training camps or specific team preparation.
Cricket Namibia’s Chief Executive Officer, Donovan Zealand said during the announcement that the aim of this partnership is part of Cricket Namibia’s quest to improve the standard of local cricket and to create a high performance culture within all Namibian cricket teams.
“This obviously is very good for us at Cricket Namibia because it affords us the opportunity to forge long-term relationships with centres of excellence like the HPC,” he noted.
The three HPC specialists who will conduct training for both the local players and technical team from August until January next year are, Pierre de Bruyn (head coach and director at Tuks Cricket); Helen Bayne (head biomechanist at the HPC); and Chris van Noordwyk (specialist bowling coach at Tuks Cricket).
De Bruyn, who spoke on behalf of the specialists, said their contribution to the team is crucial in the development and preparation for the U-19 Cricket World Cup scheduled to take place in January 2016.
“We see the importance of the U-19 Cricket World Cup and we have come well prepared to make sure that we can grow these young men as well as the coaches because ultimately, coaches are the leaders,” he said.
Cricket Namibia President, Richard Frankle announced during the same briefing that national team coach Doug Watson’s three-year contract, which will expire on 31 August 2015, will not be renewed.
The Board of Cricket Namibia has endorsed the appointment of Dee Thakur as interim coach of the national team.
Thakur has coached various aged groups including the U-19s as well as the A-side cricket team in the past and has vast cricketing experience, said Frankle.
“His contract runs from September 2015 until January 2016. However, it is hoped that the search for a new national coach will be concluded by the end of November 2015,” he assured.