We need to keep cricket players in the system: Manyande

16 Feb 2016 22:50pm
WINDHOEK, 16 FEB (NAMPA) - Namibia’s Under-19 cricket players should be kept in the system because they still have a lot to learn and to offer as cricket players, the team’s coach Norbert Manyande says.
He made the comment when the team arrived at the Hosea Kutako International Airport on Sunday following their participation in the 2016 International Cricket Council (ICC) U-19 World Cup, which ended in Bangladesh on Sunday.
West Indies won the tournament after beating India on Sunday.
Speaking to Nampa on Sunday, the coach said the team has serious character and they still have a lot to offer to cricket in Namibia.
“It was a privilege coaching these guys and they made us proud. I sat in a bus with them before we played South Africa and I would say it was the first time that I sat with guys who were serious and determined, and knew they were going to win the game, and I should say a big game. As a coach this was a massive learning curve.
“It was just amazing and we have serious character in the team so from my side, we should keep these guys in the system,” Manyande said.
He added that players always get lost from the system after high school or junior level because there is no platform in the country for cricketers after high school besides the senior national team.
“We always have brilliant teams at youth level but it will be very difficult for these young boys to break into the first team squad of the national team. It’s time we created a platform where we can monitor these players’ progress like a B cricket side at senior national team level. We really have talent, the U-19 team especially can go further and represent the country at so many levels but without the structures, we might lose them,” he said.
Namibia won its last game against Nepal by 15 runs to finish seventh overall and book a place at the 2018 U-19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.
Sixteen countries participated in the 24-day tournament.
At the ICC U-19 World Cup, Namibia was drawn in Group A with the host nation Bangladesh, South Africa and Scotland.
Namibia reached the quarterfinals as runners-up in Group A after winning two group games against Scotland and South Africa, the defending champions.
The “Young Eagles” lost their last group game against the host nation by eight wickets to end as runners-up on four points.
Bangladesh were the winners in the group with six points after winning all their group games.
In the quarterfinals, Namibia lost against India and also to England in the fifth-place play-off.
Namibia qualified for the 2016 ICC World Cup after winning the ICC Africa U-19 Championship in Tanzania in February 2015.